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I feel like the Pied Piper...

Old 06-14-10, 07:25 PM
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I feel like the Pied Piper...

I bring my bike to work everyday, in fact my bike sits in my office waiting to be taken for a ride after work. (I really like looking at my Giant OCR C3) Well my friends that I work with see the bike in my office everyday & they started asking me questions about my bike. The typical questions that you get like, how can you ride on such a small seat? What is that bike made of? etc.

I told them how much fun it is to ride a bike & how good it feels to ride a bike. I asked my friends to join me & get a bike so we can ride. I think they see how happy I am about riding my bike. One of my friends has purchased a bike & he brings it in every other day. The other guy is looking for a bike, so I feel like a "Pied Piper".

Riding the bike after work erases all the stress of the day & I feel totally free. Riding a bike is the most fun that you can have with your pants on...

Does anyone have an suggestions on encouraging others to ride? Have a great ride!!!
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Old 06-14-10, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by OldPilot View Post
Riding a bike is the most fun that you can have with your pants on...
You wear pants when you bike?

But cool, great that you're getting others into it.
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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Old 06-14-10, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by mzeffex View Post
You wear pants when you bike?

But cool, great that you're getting others into it.
Thanks.

I should have said shorts, I am terrible with humor
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Old 06-15-10, 12:27 AM
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Ive had no luck getting anyone into it not many people I know are willing to drop allot of cash on a decent bike.
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nice feel good thread. As to getting people to ride, I find it is a pointless exercise.
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Originally Posted by OldPilot View Post
The typical questions that you get like, how can you ride on such a small seat? What is that bike made of? etc.
After they ask all those questions I hope you get them to lift it up and see how light it is? That's what I do anyways.

I don't try to convince people to start riding, I realize that I'm the only one that's passionate about cycling and badminton.
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Old 06-15-10, 10:19 AM
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I agree, it's really hard to find a riding buddy in a non-cyclist group. It takes commitment (financial, time).
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A few years ago I and my cycling buddy were the only cyclists in our office. Over the years we've talked several more into it. None of them could be called serious cyclists, but some of them now commute by bike. And now, once a year, we organise a "works outing" - a ride along a recognised cycling route like this one (our first): https://www.c2c-guide.co.uk/

140 miles, some serious climbing, and a very mixed ability group, so we took three days to ensure nobody was too intimidated. And my buddy and I had to push one or two of them up a couple of the hills. But everyone made it, they had a great time, and now there is about a dozen or so of us doing something similar every year. Fun, and I know what the OP means about the Pied Piper stuff.
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I got my wife to start riding w/me so that is probably the biggest victory (and most important) for me.

I tell other people how fun it is, but I don't push too hard. If they ask for help, I'm more than willing to help though.
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Originally Posted by djlarroc View Post
I got my wife to start riding w/me so that is probably the biggest victory (and most important) for me.

I tell other people how fun it is, but I don't push too hard. If they ask for help, I'm more than willing to help though.
WOW! I wish I could talk my wife into start riding with me, so far the answer is no. I want my teenage kids (20 year old son, 16 year old son & 13 year old daughter) to go riding with me, but if it is over 10 miles they are not too excited about it. You know how teenagers are more interested in friends, driving the car & video games. Maybe if I buy them new bikes... I am still working on the kids to do longer rides, maybe we can have my wife as the support van for a small tour.
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Originally Posted by OldPilot View Post
WOW! I wish I could talk my wife into start riding with me, so far the answer is no. I want my teenage kids (20 year old son, 16 year old son & 13 year old daughter) to go riding with me, but if it is over 10 miles they are not too excited about it. You know how teenagers are more interested in friends, driving the car & video games. Maybe if I buy them new bikes... I am still working on the kids to do longer rides, maybe we can have my wife as the support van for a small tour.
Lol...

It wasn't easy. I bought her a used MTB in 2007. It hung in the garage for a year. 2008 she was pregnant. Summer of 2009 my son was old enough to ride so I bought him a trailer and away we went. My wife started tagging along (mainly to be w/our son I think). She began to have fun and started going more w/us. I was pulling him about 3-4 days a week. She was going about 2-3 times a week.

I got my new road bike in April. I let her ride it once while I pulled my son on her MTB. She smoked me! She then wanted a road bike, so I bought her one in May and here we are... I've got about 400 miles on my bike, she's managed to put about 75 on hers, including a 20 mile ride. Hopefully we get to ride quite a bit this year but from not touching the first bike to riding a 20 miler, it's a big win for me.

Keep trying....
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Ive tried to get my friends into cycling, however, where its high school, its like the guy above said, its all about driving and video games. And the other negative is the classic "Are you going to ride today?"
"Yea, im gonna do a nice easy 20 miles"
"what?"
So far I havent gotten anyone to join me, except one kid, oh well, ill keep trying I guess.
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Dropping a noticeable amount of weight is about as convincing as it gets. Oh, and don't get too enthusiastic/militant, 'cause then you're just a freak.
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I've given up on converting non-cyclists. I've taken to picking up random lone cyclists on the road. They are more amenable to the occasional ride with company.
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Originally Posted by OldPilot View Post
You know how teenagers are more interested in friends, driving the car & video games. Maybe if I buy them new bikes... I am still working on the kids to do longer rides, maybe we can have my wife as the support van for a small tour.
*cough* Juniors *cough*




This thread makes me happy. My friends are instantly put off of it by the prices, even cheap used stuff is so much more than the Walmart bikes they rode growing up.
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Old 06-15-10, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by recon455 View Post
*cough* Juniors *cough*
that's right young whippersnapper

Everyone's been a teenager (I remember what drives a teen) but I just want to spend time working out with my kids. I can get them to go fishing with me, going to the gym but bike rides longer than 10 miles nope. I haven't given up, the main thing with the kids is spending time together. Sappy I know but that is what I like to do when not riding my bike.
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Today I loaned my friend's friend my 1970's Schwinn Continental-42 lbs with rack and metal fenders. The second ride on it, the second ride in 10 years. He went right up the hills next to us !! I think he's getting hooked.
He's going to smoke both of us in a year.
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