Notices

Has cycling become the new golf?

Old 06-14-11, 10:07 AM
  #1  
criznell
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: The sea
Posts: 13

Bikes: Masi, soma, zero

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Has cycling become the new golf?

I've noticed an increase in older men on really nice rides. While there is nothing wrong with dentists and lawyers taking up road cycling, has the game of golf lost its luster in the eyes of white collar professionals (I assume if you can train on Zipp wheels, your probably not working in a garage).

For what its worth, I commend these gentlemen for their efforts.
criznell is offline  
Old 06-14-11, 11:10 AM
  #2  
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,676
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 163 Post(s)
Liked 10 Times in 9 Posts
I was just googling, and it does seem golf is in a bit of a downswing.

I don't think the two are really competing, though. It's kind of like saying tractor sales are up and limo sales are down so "Have tractors become the new limos?" Most of the people I know that play golf are doing good to wheeze around the course and aren't about to take up something aerobic in nature. The golf issue is partly because there was a big upswing several years ago, and partly because of the economy. I don't know but what high-end bike sales aren't off, either.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline  
Old 06-15-11, 02:50 PM
  #3  
dougmc
Senior Member
 
dougmc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 3,037

Bikes: Burly Canto

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Certainly, you're not the first to ask this question (or declare the answer to be "yes") ...

Any doubts? See what google says.
dougmc is offline  
Old 06-16-11, 06:44 AM
  #4  
Motobetird
Senior Member
 
Motobetird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 225

Bikes: Colnago n' Cannondales

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
From what I can tell, yes in some areas and no in others. As popular as cycling has become, golf is a leisurely business expense. I think that the majority of people who were serious into golf, however were looking for a more physically challenging sport, have landed into cycling. But you can still drink beer and smoke cigarettes while getting in 18 holes. Also, golf proves for more communicating. Cycling with business associates could prove just as beneficial. You may feel a closer bond to cycling associates just because you are doing something semi-against the grain. And although the verbal communication is not there during a ride, there is still an unspoken bond which can lead to more topics of interest when not on the bike.
Motobetird is offline  
Old 06-16-11, 07:56 AM
  #5  
FrenchFit 
The Left Coast, USA
 
FrenchFit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 3,755

Bikes: Bulls, Bianchi, Koga, Trek, Miyata

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 348 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 9 Posts
We are doing a ol' prof. guys MetC this morning, we weren't golfers. If there is a common datapoint, (a big if), we used to do more high impact sports and picked cycling as something of a ease off. My limited experience says you'll find more runners, kayakers, gym rats, mountaineers, windsurfers, racer-sailers etc. who want the work-out cycling provides without getting physically beat up. Ironically, seems like many of the older golfers I've met have chronic knee and hip problems, wierd.
FrenchFit is offline  
Old 06-16-11, 06:35 PM
  #6  
alpha_bravo
Mr. Sparkle
 
alpha_bravo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Sugar Land, TX
Posts: 534

Bikes: 08 Specialized Allez Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm a poster boy for this topic. I was a very avid golfer who worked his way down to a 2.1 handicap. I have have transitioned into a casual golfer who's become a serious road cyclist.

For me it's the combination of expense and time. You can't do anything in golf without having to lay down some cash. Even a simple trip to the driving range to practice costs $10 a pop. And on the weekends, when you're battling through slow foursome after foursome you're lucky to escape with a 5 hour round. Combine that with driving time to and from the course and you've lost 6 or seven hours of the day. I love the fact that I can hop on my bike, roll out of the driveway and enjoy myself. Now that I've purchased my bike, I don't have to pay anyone or deal with anything. It's just me, my bike, and the road.
alpha_bravo is offline  
Old 06-18-11, 06:57 AM
  #7  
iheartbenben
Senior Member
 
iheartbenben's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tehas
Posts: 383

Bikes: Raleigh R600 105/DA, Specialized Allez Elite 105

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Golf sucks.
iheartbenben is offline  
Old 06-19-11, 03:52 AM
  #8  
Jamesw2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Houston TX area
Posts: 816

Bikes: Trek 1420 triple, Mercier Corvus, Globe 1 700, Surly Disc Trucker, GT Avalanche, GT Grade, GT Helion, Mercier Corvus, Motobacane Boris X7 Fat Bikes,

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hay Honey

Hey Honey get me a beer I am watching golf.
Something wrong about that saying

Hey Honey I am watching these crazy cyclist use gravity go down some mountain in Chile, Please get me a beer.
Much better ring to it

Now a movie about cycling like Caddy Shack
Jamesw2 is offline  
Old 06-20-11, 03:33 PM
  #9  
ppena
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 36

Bikes: Trek 5200

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Breaking Away?
ppena is offline  
Old 06-20-11, 09:12 PM
  #10  
tcs
Palmer
 
tcs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 6,008

Bikes: 1980 Mike Melton, 1982 Stumpjumper, 1982 Santana, 1984 Alex Moulton AM, 2008 BikeFriday tikit T-11, 2010 Dawes Briercliffe, 2017 Dahon Curl i5, 2019 Surly ½DT14

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 596 Post(s)
Liked 75 Times in 60 Posts
Call me when the US President, Vice President, Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader go on a bike ride together.
tcs is offline  
Old 06-20-11, 09:38 PM
  #11  
Elmog
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 104
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by alpha_bravo View Post
I'm a poster boy for this topic. I was a very avid golfer who worked his way down to a 2.1 handicap. I have have transitioned into a casual golfer who's become a serious road cyclist.

For me it's the combination of expense and time. You can't do anything in golf without having to lay down some cash. Even a simple trip to the driving range to practice costs $10 a pop. And on the weekends, when you're battling through slow foursome after foursome you're lucky to escape with a 5 hour round. Combine that with driving time to and from the course and you've lost 6 or seven hours of the day. I love the fact that I can hop on my bike, roll out of the driveway and enjoy myself. Now that I've purchased my bike, I don't have to pay anyone or deal with anything. It's just me, my bike, and the road.
Totally agree with AB. Just suit up, ride out of your garage and go for it. It's the least hassle sport that I know of, even less trouble than going to the gym. The only cost is a couple of lousy energy bars and the physical benefit waaay out weighs that of golf. Golf can also be very frustrating, while biking is very stress relieving.
Elmog is offline  
Old 09-15-11, 01:00 AM
  #12  
billyb0b115
Senior Member
 
billyb0b115's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NW Houston
Posts: 95

Bikes: Specialized Secteur Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
cycling is probably just as expensive
billyb0b115 is offline  
Old 09-15-11, 12:33 PM
  #13  
Sabalo
Senior Member
 
Sabalo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It has for me. I used to play golf 3 or times a week. Now I ride 4 or 5 times a week.
Golf eats up about 6 hours ( drive to the course,warm-up, 4+ hours to play 18 holes, settle all the wagers, drive home).
Sabalo is offline  
Old 09-15-11, 01:48 PM
  #14  
dstrong 
Senior Member
 
dstrong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Awesome, Austin, TX
Posts: 4,141

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Interloc Impala, ParkPre Image C6

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 189 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by billyb0b115 View Post
cycling can be just as expensive
FIFY. I consider cycling, AFTER the initial investment, to be a pretty cheap sport. The recurring costs are pretty low and if you can avoid catching the dreaded upgrade-itis, it's pretty budget friendly.
__________________

2014 Specialized Roubaix2003 Interloc Impala2007 ParkPre Image C6 (RIP)

dstrong is offline  
Old 09-15-11, 05:19 PM
  #15  
davehbuffalo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 147

Bikes: A Homer Hilsen and a bunch of pretty much worthless crap

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Someone just just commented yesterday that two years ago all I did was golf and now all I do is cycle. I'm not that old though.
davehbuffalo is offline  
Old 09-15-11, 07:16 PM
  #16  
dahut
Ridin' South Cackalacky
 
dahut's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,918
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
FIFY. I consider cycling, AFTER the initial investment, to be a pretty cheap sport. The recurring costs are pretty low and if you can avoid catching the dreaded upgrade-itis, it's pretty budget friendly.
This is true. Even the entry costs can be held low if you go used and shop it around. Its the riding that matters, after all.

I think it is interesting that only white collar professionals are considered here - one couldn't be a tradesman or artist and be a real cyclist, I gather?
dahut is offline  
Old 09-16-11, 03:29 PM
  #17  
lotek 
Senior Member
 
lotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Posts: 17,689

Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There was actually an article in the N.Y. Times with this same line, Cycling is the new Golf.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/04/fa...04SILICON.html
A very interesting article.
Never played golf seriously, but I am an old guy on a nice old bike.
__________________
Sono pił lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.


Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline  
Old 09-17-11, 03:56 PM
  #18  
stonefree
Icantre Member
 
stonefree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: the Bayou City perpetually under construction
Posts: 384

Bikes: 2001 DBR Axis TT, 1998 Trek 5500 OCLV, 1993 Trek 1100, 1971 Raleigh Grand Prix, 1972 Gitane Attic Beater

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's just me, my bike, and the road.

That says it all.
stonefree is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Juhan
General Cycling Discussion
11
10-02-17 11:39 AM
B. Carfree
Advocacy & Safety
24
08-18-17 08:36 PM
Napoleonx1145
Touring
3
08-03-15 09:46 AM
beingcre8tive
Road Cycling
29
01-08-12 02:28 PM
RobbieTunes
Classic & Vintage
20
04-12-11 02:50 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.