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Old 09-05-12, 04:48 PM
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Last year I persuaded 2 friends to ride to Stone Henge and back from London. A ride of nearly 200 miles. Both were non-cyclists at the time. They were really impressed by my regular mileage and enormous legs. They were clueless noobs asking about saddle choice, riding food, whether lycra shorts is necessary. By the time I got them clued in on equipment and training, I unexpectedly had to leave the country and the planned group ride never happened. Yet they went ahead without me and did the ride anyway and loved it.

This year both of them seperately did a London-Paris ride. One of them just had a custom made steel bike made with Di2. I have created 2 new cycle junkies. I feel like a proud new daddy.

What is your greatest cycling evangelical achievement?
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Old 09-05-12, 04:50 PM
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Come to think of it, I feel like a drug pusher too.
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Old 09-05-12, 05:27 PM
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Enormous legs?!?

Snicker, snicker...
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Addiction is all about class.
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Old 09-05-12, 05:46 PM
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Funny, I just posted this in the commuting forum today.

I used to be the only bike commuter at work. Now there are 4 or us.
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Old 09-05-12, 05:54 PM
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I'm not sure if this counts, but my girlfriend now regularly rides with me on a nicer bike than mine. But that's more like a hostage situation.
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I once got a guy on a ride to accept Jesus into his heart. Does that count?
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Old 09-05-12, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
I once got a guy on a ride to accept Jesus into his heart. Does that count?
and we have the first of many!

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and we have the first of many!

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I've gotten two friends to seriously contemplate buying a road bike.
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My wife wants a road bike now.
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Old 09-05-12, 07:07 PM
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My wife has stopped riding. I think I have the polarity wrong or someting.
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Old 09-05-12, 08:14 PM
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Stop boasting.

Why don't you box up your ti bike and send it to Taiwan? You could do it while on holiday.
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Old 09-06-12, 12:07 AM
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I'm going to ride my carbon in lond. Let,s see if i can get my protoge to wait for me when i fall behind.
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A friend of mine has always been big into sports. In the last few years, he had so much trouble with his knees he was in constant pain. Eventually, the cartilage loss (" bone on bone ") and other issues made his doctor tell him to quit field sports altogether and focus on growing old with his knees still working.

He was telling me how he had been playing sports so much since he was a kid, and how frustrated he was he can no longer play any of his preffered sports. I knew he was always eyeing my bikes, watched the tour etc. So I decided to gamble that he may get into this sport if he gave it a chance. For his birthday, middle of summer, I gave him one of my old " vintage " road bike (1979 Koga Miyata Gents racer in good condition). He was happier with it than I even anticipated. Last weekend we did 130km. The weekend before that, we did 120km, and this week he already phoned me twice about " goin for a ride". When we go together, I take another similar old bike (1986 Koga Miyata Gran Winner ) and we tour around wearing normal clothes (though with cycling shorts). I always imagine we look pretty funny to other roadies.

He is getting faster every week, and on shorter rides I hardly feel like I need to hold back. He lost some weight already which is good for his knees, and his knees dont ache as much after 100km of cycling as they do after 15 minutes of jogging.

He is now getting to the point where he starts asking questions about bike maintenance and such, and thinking about a modern bike (though money does not allow for it at the moment).
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I think I've scared a few people off ...

There was one guy who thought it would be no problem at all to ride a century with me ... in Manitoba ... in November ... having ridden his longest distance of 100 km many years earlier. I questioned whether he was really prepared for that sort of ride, but he was one of these cycling advocate types who commuted a few km to work every day, and thought he could handle it. He finished, but I'm not sure he knew his name anymore when he rolled in at the end. And to my knowledge he never cycled that sort of distance again.
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I have a friend with a "less than 300 mile" dusty, but almost new Trek hanging in his garage that he bought because of me but doesn't ride anymore.

Oh, and I have turned several straight women into lesbians.

I feel bad about the Trek.
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I didn't know the Chunnel had a bike lane.
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My wife intermittently rides her 1983 Trek 620 tourer that I built out with DuraAce 9-speed bar end shifters. Lately, she's said that she doesn't like reaching down to shift, and would I please put on those "brake levers with the shifters in the same place" so that she keep her hands on top of the bars...

I think I've given her ... "upgrade-itis". Now, what to do with those bar end shifters...
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I've got all three of the guys I work with to ride. It's now our company culture to have lunch time rides.

I'm not a cycling evangelist, just selfish and don't want to ride alone.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
Last year I persuaded 2 friends to ride to Stone Henge and back from London....This year both of them separately did a London-Paris ride.
The UK is awesome. North America sucks.

Originally Posted by surgeonstone
I once got a guy on a ride to accept Jesus into his heart. Does that count?
The side effects of the immunosuppressant drugs can be a killer. But why a shortstop from the Dominican Republic? Why not some guy named Harvey or Irv?

My neighbour across the street has started going out for bike rides. It's a mountain bike, but still, I'm fairly certain that seeing me go out every day on my super-fantastic Bianchi and matching Androni Giocattoli kit must have been an inspiration.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
Come to think of it, I feel like a drug pusher too.
I talked some friends - a married couple - into renting bikes for a day and joining me for a ride through a flat, lakeside park. Pretty soon the wife was using her new bike to get to and from work.
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
I didn't know the Chunnel had a bike lane.
Could always do this event:
https://www.enduroman.com/#/a2a-solo-...lay/4566318165
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Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
The UK is awesome. North America sucks.


The side effects of the immunosuppressant drugs can be a killer. But why a shortstop from the Dominican Republic? Why not some guy named Harvey or Irv?

My neighbour across the street has started going out for bike rides. It's a mountain bike, but still, I'm fairly certain that seeing me go out every day on my super-fantastic Bianchi and matching Androni Giocattoli kit must have been an inspiration.
I will pray for you my son.
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Originally Posted by thump55 View Post
I have a friend with a "less than 300 mile" dusty, but almost new Trek hanging in his garage that he bought because of me but doesn't ride anymore.

Oh, and I have turned several straight women into lesbians.

I feel bad about the Trek.
Think he needs to send it to a new home? I have space ...
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Old 09-07-12, 09:13 AM
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My wife has stopped riding. I think I have the polarity wrong or someting.
I'd say you're doing it right.

Bike rides are places for cycling girlfriends, not wives.
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