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Old 07-27-20, 03:12 PM
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Current cycling demographics

We took our tandem out yesterday for a ride we have done many times in the past. As we neared home, I asked my stoker "what did you notice about the other riders we encountered today?".

She said that most seemed like recreational cyclists, mostly older and friendly. In earlier years when we would do this ride many of the cyclists were young, fit racer types (male & female). Many riding in packs and very serious about their ride. Also a lot of triathletes who seldom even pick their heads up to say hello. Since most organized races have been canceled, what are these folks doing? Riding their Pelotons? Not riding?

Its really quite refreshing. One upside of the pandemic.

Have others noticed a similar trend where you live & ride?
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Old 07-28-20, 03:13 PM
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We find it depends on the time of day and the day of the week. Week days and early on weekends, our roads have been dominated by what might be called older riders. As you describe, those older riders seem to have increased in numbers with the pandemic, here in Northern California. However, the same hardcore riders, doing it for the exercise rather than the fun, come out later in the day. It might be our imagination but they seem a little less friendly because of the increased bike traffic.



We had stopped riding in the hills on weekends because of the bike traffic.

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Old 07-29-20, 08:58 AM
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We live in Lancaster County PA which has a very high number of cyclist. We've not seen a significant change in who we see. Most of the new riders take advantage of the several bike trails which we avoid like the plague because of the over crowding. Because of the heat we've been riding earlier in the day and pretty much see the same folks. We go round and round on if we should wave or not. For as long as I remember I've always waved but in more recent times many of what we call the "Racerheads" they do not acknowledge us when we wave. My wife told me not to acknowledge them any more. I still give a smile which may or may not get any response. My rather type "A" stoker/wife will say too loudly, "so sorry to distract you as you train for the Tour De France". :-)
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Old 07-30-20, 07:32 AM
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Sounds like you have a lot of racer types like we do here in Boulder County. They seem to be so caught up in their activity that they can't be bothered to acknowledge people so uncool to ride a tandem. The virus does seem to have canceled races and so maybe they are no longer training - at least not training in packs. For whatever reason, fellow riders now seem to be: fewer, more recreational, older and friendlier.
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