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Ed the Fred and the Beauty of Road Cycling

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Ed the Fred and the Beauty of Road Cycling

Old 08-16-09, 01:00 PM
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I am (or may be considered) FRED. Was riding my 80's Motorbecane Champion Team (Purchased new) and bought at age 63 (now I am 64) a 6.9 Madone P1 and a Gary Fisher Hi Fi. Did 45 miles Friday at 17 plus average (with stop lights) on the P1 on Friday and 25 miles in 3 hours off road on Sat on the Hi Fi. After a 20 year and 60 lb layoff have lost 25 lbs and speed is getting better as the fitness and riding increases. Maybe it is good to be a FRED as I feel much much better. It may be that when we so much on the bike we have to justify the expense to our wife.
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Originally Posted by bob the nailer View Post
Of course being a responsible bike shop person you were obliged to follow her and her shape on the test ride, no?
Of course.

I do that for everyone so I can double check the in shop fit and fine tune things after I see the person actually riding their bike.
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Old 08-16-09, 01:34 PM
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Yeah, the cycling bug that bit me also bit my wallet quite hard! I tell my wife " look at it this way dear, its better to spend the money on my new bike habit than to spend it in a bar or on drugs", or audio equipment, photography equipment, or, oh well, you get the idea....
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We are all once and future Freds.
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A remarkable number of medical professionals seem surprised when I mention the therapeutic value of exercise, specifically vigorous exercise. Blows what's left of my mind.

Rest, take lots of pills and keep coming back for those 5-minute, $300 consultations is basically where a lot of them seem to be coming from.
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My regular road ride cuts through a major hospital - huge flows of cars when the shifts change but hardly any bikes, and almost none on the few bike racks. You would think that at least some of the folks who work there would have seen the light by now.
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The ones treating Pharding probably don't think it's such a healthy passtime.
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Don't get me going on doctors and people's blind faith in them. Suffice it to say that you are as much of a part of your own healthcare as they are. If you rely upon them without getting second opinions and exploring holistic alternatives, you will suffer any consequences, not them. Good doctors will generally agree with that statement.
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The Hippocratic oath is no longer applicable in the profit centered business of health care. Every M.D. I know tells me the most ridiculous stories regarding how they feel the way things work is keeping them from doing their job. I dont see it getting better anytime soon.
Lymph fluid only moves when you move. How that fact alone could not be on a doctors mind when thinking about how exercise is NECESSARY for health, I couldn't tell you.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
So it's not about Road Nazi vs. Fred, or how much you race, or how fast you go, or your bike , or any of that. It's about the ride. Whether that's 12 mph or 29 mph is irrelevant. That being said, I wouldn't want to be in a sport where there was no ball-busting. Wait. Is there a sport there isn't any ball busting?
Somebody should tell this guy.
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Old 08-16-09, 10:12 PM
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Pcad and the rest of you have been watching "Wild Hogs" again, haven't you? Good grief! All of you go off and have a nice, lycra clad, group hug.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Don't get me going on doctors and people's blind faith in them. Suffice it to say that you are as much of a part of your own healthcare as they are. If you rely upon them without getting second opinions and exploring holistic alternatives, you will suffer any consequences, not them. Good doctors will generally agree with that statement.
touchy feely new age hippie!

Very true though!
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You're all right Pcad, in spite of what everyone says.

I'm 58 and I also have type 2 diabetes. Exercise is the best medicine there is, and cycling is the most enjoyable exercise I've found. When you pass me like I'm standing still, turn around and check out the smile on my face.
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Believe it or not, freds are human too.
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Originally Posted by nondes View Post
My regular road ride cuts through a major hospital - huge flows of cars when the shifts change but hardly any bikes, and almost none on the few bike racks. You would think that at least some of the folks who work there would have seen the light by now.
UCSF Med Center in San Francisco has huge area in the parking garage where bikes are kept and every time I have been there, it's packed to the gills. So, that's a good thing...but you still see some really overweight medical personnel outside eating doughnuts and smoking cigarettes..
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My regular road ride cuts through a major hospital - huge flows of cars when the shifts change but hardly any bikes, and almost none on the few bike racks. You would think that at least some of the folks who work there would have seen the light by now.
NO KIDDING- I worked at a hospital and I can't even tell you how many nurses were grossly obese smokers. I always wanted to laugh every time this one huge nurse would lecture middle-aged men about their health after taking their blood pressure. What's YOUR blood pressure?
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My regular road ride cuts through a major hospital - huge flows of cars when the shifts change but hardly any bikes, and almost none on the few bike racks. You would think that at least some of the folks who work there would have seen the light by now.
I work in a hospital and ride my bike to work March through November. There are, admittedly, few others though.
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Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post
You're all right Pcad, in spite of what everyone says.
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I'm 58 and I also have type 2 diabetes. Exercise is the best medicine there is, and cycling is the most enjoyable exercise I've found. When you pass me like I'm standing still, turn around and check out the smile on my face.
+1

I'm always tempted to tell my various doctors and nurses...."Oh yeah, you try it some time."
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There is a show on TV, I think Mental where the protagonist doctor is a roadie/commuter. First episode was he walks in with his front biek wheel.
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Ping pong.
Then you ain't doin it right...
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Imagine how much weight Ed would have lost had he ponied up for a Cervelo.
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Fortunately you were not wearing those new fruity shoes you ordered or the guy would of avoided you like the plague.
Cycling will solve many health issues as we both know.Ed is you many years ago.
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[QUOTE=). He's on oral medication only that he hopes to be off some day soon. That's amazing. Maybe the National Healthcare Plan should include buying everybody $3K road bikes. Sounds like it would pay for itself.

Yes take a ride every once in awhile, eat some salad now and then, fruit for dessert and save all of us many thousands of dollars that we could be spending on new bikes.
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Wonder if "Ed" will post a question and answer session here about his real life experience on meeting the famous "Geezer of Mt.Doom"?

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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Don't get me going on doctors and people's blind faith in them. Suffice it to say that you are as much of a part of your own healthcare as they are. If you rely upon them without getting second opinions and exploring holistic alternatives, you will suffer any consequences, not them. Good doctors will generally agree with that statement.
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