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MAMIL - don't be this guy

Old 12-15-14, 09:38 AM
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MAMIL - don't be this guy

I am and I can't help myself.

The shame of being married to a MAMIL, a Middle Aged Man In Lycra | Daily Mail Online
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Old 12-15-14, 09:40 AM
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Funny article!
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Old 12-15-14, 10:34 AM
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That poor guy needs a diet and a razor. He's too fat and hairy for this sport.
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Old 12-15-14, 10:57 AM
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He needs another bike.
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Old 12-15-14, 11:07 AM
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looks like a box of Good & Plenty(s).
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Originally Posted by K.Katso View Post
That poor guy needs a diet and a razor. He's too fat and hairy for this sport.
Yes, on both counts. At least 80% of BF members fit that description; any attempt to question that number pulled out of my whim is heresy, and anyone suggesting the % is any lower than 80% needs immediate remittance to a mental facility.
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Well, that guy looks like a fruitcake. Fruity jersey, helmet pushed back on his head, helmet straps sticking out, front brake caliper is open, expensive comfort bike with a 2 foot tall headtube and he probably has a 15mph average, his pale calves are soft but still bigger than his thighs. He has no quad muscles at all. Newb alert. At least he doesn't have a potbelly, I'll give him that much

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She has a point. Whenever I am driving and see a middle age cyclist in full kit, I always laugh out loud at him for how ridiculous the whole thing looks, until I realize I am a MAMIL too!

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Old 12-15-14, 12:26 PM
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He should sit on the couch and watch football like regular guys!
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My favorite thing about the article are the pics showing the contrast between his smiling face and her perplexed/disgusted face.

He's in better physical shape than the average middle aged male, possibly better shape than the average bike forums poster as well. LOL
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Old 12-15-14, 12:33 PM
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Who gives a carp really? I mean seriously.

I'm not a greek god of fitness. I wear my lycra, and quite frankly, anyone that laughs needs a rectal cranial inversion, because the double standard is just stupid.

Consider the Yoga Pant craze. Consider that the women that look great in them aren't doing yoga to get there, they are working hard to obtain that figure, and yoga alone isn't going to get them there (with the genetically blessed excluded). And this article, while humorous just reinforces a basic principal. OMG, not perfect bodied men in tight clothes, I can see stuff I don't wanna see, but women in tight clothes is a fine no matter what.

I'm sorry, but Get the F over it. I am to the point where I will quite deliberately wear my lycra with the intent of terrifying the soccer mommies, because I am sick of listening to them carp on others without looking in the danged mirror, and this article is very much the same carp.

( and yes, there is something fishy about this whole post )
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Old 12-15-14, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by dru_ View Post
Who gives a carp really? I mean seriously.

I'm not a greek god of fitness. I wear my lycra, and quite frankly, anyone that laughs needs a rectal cranial inversion, because the double standard is just stupid.

Consider the Yoga Pant craze. Consider that the women that look great in them aren't doing yoga to get there, they are working hard to obtain that figure, and yoga alone isn't going to get them there (with the genetically blessed excluded). And this article, while humorous just reinforces a basic principal. OMG, not perfect bodied men in tight clothes, I can see stuff I don't wanna see, but women in tight clothes is a fine no matter what.

I'm sorry, but Get the F over it. I am to the point where I will quite deliberately wear my lycra with the intent of terrifying the soccer mommies, because I am sick of listening to them carp on others without looking in the danged mirror, and this article is very much the same carp.

( and yes, there is something fishy about this whole post )
Relax, man. Get a sense of humor. Some of you here are wound up so tight.
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Originally Posted by milkbaby View Post
My favorite thing about the article are the pics showing the contrast between his smiling face and her perplexed/disgusted face.

He's in better physical shape than the average middle aged male, possibly better shape than the average bike forums poster as well. LOL
That is a wtf face, if I may say so
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Relax, man. Get a sense of humor. Some of you here are wound up so tight.
Yeah, it is all in a kind of jest. You can read where she said she is at least kinda happy he is not on a Harley chasing girls half his age.

get a grip guys. It is all in humor!
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Relax, man. Get a sense of humor. Some of you here are wound up so tight.
I am guessing the whole 'fishy' didn't hint strongly enough just how tongue in cheek that was
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That was a humorous read.

I've been a runner for a number of years and over at the running forum this topic (guys in lycra) gets discussed ad noseum as well. What's the big deal? Wear what you want. Wear what you're comfortable with.

I wear lycra. It's functional. It even makes you feel fast.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Well, that guy looks like a fruitcake. Fruity jersey, helmet pushed back on his head, helmet straps sticking out, front brake caliper is open, expensive comfort bike with a 2 foot tall headtube and he probably has a 15mph average, his pale calves are soft but still bigger than his thighs. He has no quad muscles at all. Newb alert. At least he doesn't have a potbelly, I'll give him that much
Read the article. He was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago. He is not sitting around moping. He is not making excuses. He is living his life to his fullest. Sure he has a lot to learn. Sure he looks like some middle aged man who recently had the revelation of bicycles. But give him credit, He is far, far from the couch potato we see so often.

At your next club ride, welcome him. And when he sees you mean it, you can gently point out the helmet and jersey faux pas. (And that brake caliper - when I am riding with tires that fit through with the brake set right, I do the same thing. Now it's a parking brake. 5 seconds or more for the thief to figure out when I run into a store for a snack. Makes leaving the bike leaning on a pole much more secure.

I regularly ride with my levers set halfway so brake adjusts mid-ride are easy. Folks who "know" are often pointing out I do not have them closed.

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You guys understand it's advertising, right?
Journalism is truly dead.
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Originally Posted by milkbaby View Post
My favorite thing about the article are the pics showing the contrast between his smiling face and her perplexed/disgusted face.
She might be less confused (and more disgusted) if she found out his riding buddies aren't fellow mamils.
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As long as he is enjoying his life then more power to him. Also, as long as his purchases are within his and his family's means then why not.




from the article:
"For a man diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago, Richard is impressively active. Within a year of taking up cycling he rode from London to Paris and this summer did the Etape du Tour — a mountain stage of the Tour de France, in appalling weather."
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Well, that guy looks like a fruitcake. Fruity jersey, helmet pushed back on his head, helmet straps sticking out, front brake caliper is open, expensive comfort bike with a 2 foot tall headtube and he probably has a 15mph average, his pale calves are soft but still bigger than his thighs. He has no quad muscles at all. Newb alert. At least he doesn't have a potbelly, I'll give him that much

+1. And not only are his shorts too low, they almost appear as if they are not snug around his quad muscles because they are so underdeveloped. Look at the full length shot. What are those things on his feet? Are they suppose to resemble cycling shoes?

BTW...I am surprised that some weight weenie hasn't quipped about rim riding a 2000 pound bike.
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At your next club ride, welcome him.
North Carolina would be a long way for him to travel for a club ride.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
That was a humorous read.

I've been a runner for a number of years and over at the running forum this topic (guys in lycra) gets discussed ad noseum as well. What's the big deal? Wear what you want. Wear what you're comfortable with.

I wear lycra. It's functional. It even makes you feel fat.
Misquoted for fun...
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The guy in the red dress is in better shape than the one in spandex.
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Originally Posted by milkbaby View Post
Misquoted for fun...
I did take a second look at my post.
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