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what is the roadie look?

Old 09-08-09, 01:44 PM
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what is the roadie look?

on the road this evening was a broad cross-section of the cycling community. commuters, hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, fixies/ss and a small number of training roadies in their club jerseys and fancy uber bikes.

on weekends when i'm in the roadie uniform most of us wave/nod generally acknowledge each other. tonight i was on my ss in t-shirt and regular shorts and platform pedals. i did have my gloves on though which might have given the game away. anyway, i noticed that the training road nazis would see me and another cyclist approach and ignore the commuter but nod to me. i didn't think i was that obvious. it happened with nearly every roadie i saw.

what gave the game away? was it just the gloves or my intense look of pain as i hammered to chase down the commuter in order to sneer at him?
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The skinny arms are the real sign of a roadie.
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it was pity.
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well i did look pitiful. i'll give you that one.
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Roadies are people who take a 1-time event and come to BF to relate the anecdote like they just discovered the cure for cancer.
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passive aggressive signatures ftw.
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Originally Posted by Innes View Post
Roadies are people who take a 1-time event and come to BF to relate the anecdote like they just discovered the cure for cancer.
give me some credit. i didn't regale you with the story of the commuter i had a duel with for a couple of miles.
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For me, the tell would be my lean, mean body and powerful guads.

For you ???
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People here don't get it.
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i dunno about the rest of you but i wave and nod to everyone. how fredly of me, i know.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
For me, the tell would be my lean, mean body and powerful guads.

For you ???
my elegant yet powerful pedal dancing demonstration. did i mention i charged up a hill in my 52/18 that on weekend rides i struggled up with my 39/25? somebody test me for performance enhancing drugs. now!
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Originally Posted by the_drain View Post
i dunno about the rest of you but i wave and nod to everyone. how fredly of me, i know.
it's people like you who ruin it for the rest of us. i was hoping to dispense with the waving nonsense by being out of roadie uniform, but they spotted me and forced me to wave back. stupid roadies.
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Can you see me? I'm waving at you.

Lately when faster cyclists (most of them are) pass me and don't acknowledge my existence, I squeak my squeaky horn at them. What, me worry?
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i dunno about the rest of you but i wave and nod to everyone. how fredly of me, i know.
I do the same thing. Probably a habbit carried over from my motorcycling, but whatever. I also give a friendly verbal greeting when I pass somebody on the road. Oh, and god forbid, I also stop to help out 'cyclists in distress,' even when I'm driving my car.
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Originally Posted by silversx80 View Post
I do the same thing. Probably a habbit carried over from my motorcycling, but whatever. I also give a friendly verbal greeting when I pass somebody on the road. Oh, and god forbid, I also stop to help out 'cyclists in distress,' even when I'm driving my car.
do your rides start with a group hug?
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One roadie look that might not be for everybody:

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I always thought Roadies were with the band.....


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Shaved Legs?
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do your rides start with a group hug?
I ride by myself because I hate people
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I always have to chuckle a little when I ride by another roadie and wave, and they don't acknowledge me at all.
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Typical roadie look - an overwhelming (and unjustified) sense of superiority and self-worth.
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what gave the game away?
It's easy to distinguish an experienced roadie from a casual rider within a few pedal strokes. It has nothing to do with the clothing or the bike, and everything to how you handle yourself.

A roadie is comfortable and confident on his bike, and it shows in things like a quiet upper body, fast pedaling cadence, a straight and smooth line, etc. It takes several hundreds of hours on the bike to attain that level of confidence.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
It's easy to distinguish an experienced roadie from a casual rider within a few pedal strokes. It has nothing to do with the clothing or the bike, and everything to how you handle yourself.

A roadie is comfortable and confident on his bike, and it shows in things like a quiet upper body, fast pedaling cadence, a straight and smooth line, etc. It takes several hundreds of hours on the bike to attain that level of confidence.
my favourite answer. who can argue with this?
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Welcome to the cycle world of snobbery.

If you don't look the part by wearing cycle billboard clothing and riding a carbon fiber bike then your not part of the elite cycle world and they want nothing to do with you. Funny isn't it? Except when you have a break down and a bunch of billboard racing wanabe's ride by and not offer to help you...that makes you laugh too doesn't it! That happened to me just last week, when a group of cyclists riding one direction past a guy who had broken down and not one offered to help not alone even look at the guy, I was coming from the other direction and saw his blight and stopped to help and got him going. Maybe if he would have been a she, and the she would have to be attractive otherwise forget it, it would have been a different story with the cycle jerks all screeching to a halt and act macho to impress the lady with their know how and abs. I helped many people that remarked how many riders past them without stopping over the 40+ years I've been cycling...and I even help those who may be considered unattractive, or a "cheap" walmart type of bike, or a kid-those are all a big no no in the elite world of cyclery snobbery.

Oh let the flame wars begin...this ought to be fun reading all the post from those who have "excuses" for not stopping. Excuses like, I can't break my training routine, or they should carry their own tools and know how to fix their own crap, etc. I can't wait to read the posts, I need a good hearty laugh.
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