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Cycling: What A Joke!!!

Old 12-06-04, 02:27 PM
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Thats the best pic I have ever seen. I can't take my eyes of the dang dancers. Its freaking mesmerizing
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Old 12-06-04, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
I just dusted off my 1985 Honda Rebel 250. What a sweet ride - all those horses and torque. I believe it too was once mistaken for a Sportster. An AMF Sportster.

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Glad I didn't start making comparisons to the Rebel...as 55/Rad has always been cool and insulting him isn't called for.

But reading how everyone is making fun of ClevelandGuy certainly is fun.

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Old 12-06-04, 02:33 PM
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BTW excluding the slanderous parts, I don't entirely disagree with his overall assesment. The cycling industry is brutally expensive. I can buy an MX bike for the same price as a decent dh bike, with no motor haha
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Originally Posted by ClevelandGuy
Thankyou. Someone that understands fitness I see. Yeah I've ridden over 100 miles also on my bike(had the sore a$$ to prove it) and was always considered one of the best hill climbers in the clubs because Im light, strong and have a strong spirit, and I thought I was in shape untill I started swimming, what a supprise. Thought I was going to die for lack of breath, my heart was pounding through my chest and I only did one length! Now I do 70 laps, (140 lengths). And with swimming there is no money in the bank, if you dont keep at it you loose endurance right away. I had strong legs and that was all. Swimming works every major muscle group in the body.There is more to overall fitness than strong legs.
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I'm a swimmer too...I LOVE IT...it is second to my passion of cycling though. I swim a mile 3x a week in a great pool at this new club here. Actually, Saturday I thought I'd see if I could swim to "exhaustion", and it didn't happen. I stopped couting meters at 2,000 and finally decided to do sprints. That did it...100 meters and I"m sucking wind big time! Got a huge ass cramp in my calf too, which I am still limping on today. Gotta get that rubbed out!
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Old 12-06-04, 02:43 PM
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i used to swim. the only thing i ever saw was the bottom of the pool. now i bike...
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This is way too funny. Why would someone buy a litespeed and not even know if they like the sport, you jumped in WAY over your head poser!. For your information WE don't ride on public highways, if you did that then your a fool. Now I would hardly call a Honda Shadow a "rocket ship that is a drop dead beautiful head turning machine" maybe they are staring at the tool riding it. Finally, don't be bitter, cycling is only for the strong and not for quitters. Have fun swimming is a pee infested pool, and thanks for the laugh.
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Old 12-06-04, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by The_Convert
. . . His motorcycle is like a Trek 520. . .
Thats an insult to Trek 520's. They were one of the better touring bikes that
have ever been produced.

Yes there is some merit it what CG is saying, I just don't agree with it.

I wish that when people find new exciting hobbies that they just go, forget the
dramatics nobody really cares. . .
Those of us who found a lifestyle (as opposed to hobby) tend to stick around.

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Old 12-06-04, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ClevelandGuy
Just had to come on to vent this disgust with my past hobby of cycling... blah, blah. Blah blah blah blah.. Blah blah...

Uh huh. And this affects me how? Your opinion is important to me why?

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Old 12-06-04, 03:48 PM
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Man, I used to swim, now I see what a waste of time it was. Spending all of that money on goggles and speedo's....my hair getting all bleached out from the sun and shrinkage. Now I just ride my Kawasaki Jetski, it is so much faster than swimming...all you swimmers are suckers, I'll leave you in my wake now.
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Old 12-06-04, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Jamtastic
water tasted like urine.
Two things:

1. The water there IS urine.

2. How come you know what urine tastes like?
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Old 12-06-04, 04:42 PM
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i was young and i was offered 5 dollars. 5 i tell you
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I can gurantee you this is some high school kid posting. Whoever said "just got his lincense" is correct. He's enamored with motorcycles because he's never been able to leagally operate a motor vehicle before. Going from dad's Toyota to a Shadow is a big and exciting jump.
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Old 12-06-04, 05:20 PM
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I think the part where you admitted inspecting your butt in a mirror gave me a good mental picture of you. You are out there on a limb my man, I would say that not too many of us do that after a big ride, did you carry a mirror in your seat-pouch??. At least on your shiny new honda whatever, you have mirrors on board, so you could inspect your butt while on the move, that way you can tell just how much of a bad-ass you are.
Anyway, good luck, hope when you grow up you can get a real bike - thanks for the laughs.
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Old 12-06-04, 05:21 PM
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Oh wow. You have a powerful (yuck yuck) 583 cc twin engine in a Harley Davidson wanna be look a like but not even close bike. The chicks must be all over you.

Seriously - 'cause I'm fairly convinced that you're not - I am a long time motorcyclist and there are times when I look wistfully at them as I'm beating myself on a long early ride but I always say to myself thank god I have the will and the way to be biking instead.
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Old 12-06-04, 05:24 PM
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I think it's a well-thought-out devious ploy by some bicycle tycoon supervillain, where everyone will be taunted by these well timed trolls until Christmastime, when he wil reveal he was using satire to illustrate his abject love for cycling. All members of this forum will be so moved to tears by this and overcome by the spirit of Saint Nick, that they will all buy a custom bicycle for themselves and the homeless guy downtown. Vanilla and Rivendell will replace Trek and Giant as the cycling superpowers, Sheldon Brown and Joe Breeze will run for president and vice president in '08 and win. We will begin to give France respect because of their love of cycling. Critical Mass will be obsolete , FFA(fossil fuel anonymous) will come to replace it.And all because of a kid from Cleveland, a troll, and a dream...
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Old 12-06-04, 05:27 PM
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I swim. I cycle. I skate (ice hockey).

Best swimming I've done is against river currents. A mile-wide river + currents is great fun.

Best cycling I've done is the hilly roads that line the valley where the river runs.

I've knocked 5'7" people out by accident in hockey with my shoulder, and I'm only 6'.
If I cut calories for a month, I can be at 155lbs, and I'm a full 5" taller than you.
Your height/weight indicates you're not nearly as fit as you think.
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Old 12-06-04, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by krispistoferson
I think it's a well-thought-out devious ploy by some bicycle tycoon supervillain, where everyone will be taunted by these well timed trolls until Christmastime, when he wil reveal he was using satire to illustrate his abject love for cycling. All members of this forum will be so moved to tears by this and overcome by the spirit of Saint Nick, that they will all buy a custom bicycle for themselves and the homeless guy downtown. Vanilla and Rivendell will replace Trek and Giant as the cycling superpowers, Sheldon Brown and Joe Breeze will run for president and vice president in '08 and win. We will begin to give France respect because of their love of cycling. Critical Mass will be obsolete , FFA(fossil fuel anonymous) will come to replace it.And all because of a kid from Cleveland, a troll, and a dream...
I thought you were serious until you got to the part about giving France some respect.
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Originally Posted by Ubie
Hold on, let's back up. Why in the world would you buy a Honda Shadow rather than the Suzuki C50 when the C50 has a bigger engine, fuel injection and boards? I can understand ditching the bike to cruise the highway (not condone mind you, but understand), i love my '82 650L, but making such a foolish choice in rides... Oye!

I will never forgive Suzuki for rebadging the Volusia as the "C50". Yuck...

slvoid: Have you seen the R1 w/ the all black paint scheme? I drool over that bike on a daily basis...WOW!
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Old 12-06-04, 06:36 PM
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Hey ClevelandGuy,

Don't wuss out on riding your Honda just because it's winter! You can get a kit to hook up your battery to provide plug-ins for for heated clothing (Gerber has a great selection). Heated handlebars, heated Gerber vest and you're good to go for cold weather. Take it easy in the snow, though...after all, you DO live in Cleveland, one of the lands of white stuff. The Shadow is a good, solid ride...I used to have the Valkyrie which handled fine under speed but was a bear in parking lots. The Harley Road King Classic is my next ride!

Be safe. Oh yeah...make sure you wear brightly-colored clothing for visibility, gives the cages a better chance of aiming at you.

You might want to reconsider selling that expensive Litespeed of yours, but my guess is you'll have plenty of takers from this forum.
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wow, I know nothing about motorcycles but even I have to say that that bike looks sick
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listen fellas, its ok to poke fun at your own kind, jewish people do it, black people do it, even football players make fun of thems selves. I think its ok to agree and laugh along with these people. This dosnt mean Im gonna give up mountain biking or anything like that.

I do agree that cycling has gotten way to expensive, and paying $50 for a tire is crazy.

about the clothing, I dont think its an issue, football players wear tight shorts and helmets.
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Alright, alright, it's my turn:

So let me get this straight. You decide that you want to bike, so you pay $7000 dollars for a bike. (******) You think that to have fun on a bike you have to spend that much. After riding for 3 months you get bored, are finally old enough to get a motorcycle license, and you don't have to have daddy drive you around anymore. After all the jokes you got from the kids at school for riding your bike to school, and being so damn skinny, you decide you've had enough. First, you won't bike anymore. OK. You decide to take your "awesome" motorcycle instead. Then you want to get back at the kids at school. But wait, you're just a skinny little *****, so you come to an internet website where no one will ever be able to hurt you, and you can say whatever you want. At least...that's how I have taken it...

So you can swim. Awesome. I'm proud. So where does that get you...nowhere. The reason most of us cycle isn't due to the fitness aspect. It's the fact that we can get away, ride places, and have fun along the way. So you can get from point A to B twice as fast on your motorcycle. We can have three times the fun taking our time on our bicycles. Not to mention that we can actually go places with our sport. Planning on taking a week long swimming tour anytime soon, or how 'bout those club swims. I hear those are fun.

I have a better Idea. I might just bike the 60 miles up to Cleveland, and look around the local ponds for some *** swimming around in circles with a beater motorcycle on the bank. I'm on a red bike, and I have dreadlocks. If you see me, swim to me as fast as your little legs can kick, and we will talk then.
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Originally Posted by forum*rider
wow, I know nothing about motorcycles but even I have to say that that bike looks sick
Motorcycles are fun.....but l don't think I ever got in shape riding my Ninja ZX-7R around. Actually I think I elevated my heart rate pretty high the first few times I rev'd it up. 8,000 rpm to 11,000 rpm was a black hole....... it just jumped like crazy!!

There is no correlation between bicycling for fitness and riding a motorcycle. Then again I think his comments were related to the escalating expense of our sport and what people are willing to pay. Let's face it most of us are riding race spec. bicycles for fitness. Nothing wrong with that, but It's not neccessary for fitness.

I just think he got caught up in the bling-bling aspect of road cycling.....then realized you don't have to spend that much money to get in shape.

Hell, the bike should be heavier if you are trying to get in shape (not super light!)
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Originally Posted by 53-11 alltheway
Motorcycles are fun.....but l don't think I ever got in shape riding my Ninja ZX-7R around. Actually I think I elevated my heart rate pretty high the first few times I rev'd it up. 8,000 rpm to 11,000 rpm was a black hole....... it just jumped like crazy!!
Rubbish. You get in shape lifting the fat fukn thing off it's stand, or getting it's lard arse out of the shed.
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Hey ease up....your allowed to have to your opinion....but don't knock everyone else for something you can't do.
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