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    Golf is out, biking is in

    This is an interesting blog post about cycling being the new golf.

    Business networking: Cycling is the new golf | The Economist

    I like it.

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    yes indeed!!

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    These people are talking while riding? No wonder they think it's not competitive.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    How do they smoke cigars while riding?

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    Golf is out, biking is in

    Have you ever had a "walking meeting"? Some people I work with wont meet one on one at a desk or conference room. You walk the floors, or if the weather is nice, the streets. I can say that some great ideas have come from these meetings. I think the same could be said from a bike meeting too.

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    Golf is out, biking is in

    The sales guys at my work use golf to liquor up and schmooze potential and existing customers. I don't see that changing over to cycling anytime soon.
    Have you ever tried riding while heavily liquored up? It doesn't work out all that well.


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    I like the way you stick folk think. Here in the big city, everything is very secretive. No open air meetings. You'd think a meeting was about plotting the end of the world by how closed door they are.
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    This isn't true for my company - either way. My "company" is actually my city and being they use tax payers dollars, they have found WAY more expensive ways to conduct their meetings....

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    Time to invent the electric "Trail Trike" w/ beer cooler.

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    Very cool!
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    This is good to know, because I suck at golf.
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    In many ways mountain biking is more "Members Only" than golf.

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    You know, I thought that was my doctor I passed this morning on the 50 year trail...
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    It also makes sense now why the trend is to sanitising the trails! Horsethief paved aint such a stretch... wait, maybe that's another thread?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    It also makes sense now why the trend is to sanitising the trails! Horsethief paved aint such a stretch... wait, maybe that's another thread?!?
    I think that's prime for the conspiracy theory thread: to bring the masses to cycling, big cycling companies are paving the trails to make it accessible to all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwbikur View Post
    How do they smoke cigars while riding?
    With Gusto!

    Can you imagine having a ranger come through the singletrack and nudge you to pick up the pace? That would be hilarious. Perhaps having a tee time wouldn't be so bad or a cute girl selling beverages and hot dogs along the loop. My big question is how do you develop a caddy program for the kids?
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    How people cycle is a good judge of character.
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    Most people I work/network with are too fat and out of shape to ride any distance let alone a multi day outing like the author describes. I found the article to be based on the writers wants not any reality that I've seen in the work place. And I live in Portland Oregon. Out of curiosity, how many people here have ridden with their CEO lately? How many charity/association events have you ridden in with associates. I'm not talking weekend informal get together but orginized races?

    I think biking is a long way from replacing golf for business networking.

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    Golf is out, biking is in

    Quote Originally Posted by Poe4soul View Post
    Most people I work/network with are too fat and out of shape to ride any distance let alone a multi day outing like the author describes. I found the article to be based on the writers wants not any reality that I've seen in the work place. And I live in Portland Oregon. Out of curiosity, how many people here have ridden with their CEO lately? How many charity/association events have you ridden in with associates. I'm not talking weekend informal get together but orginized races?

    I think biking is a long way from replacing golf for business networking.
    I'm in the backyard of Best Buy's corporate headquarters. They field a large employee team.

    Golf is out, biking is in-imageuploadedbytapatalk1367168975.629352.jpg

    I'm organizing two cycling teams for a charity ride.

    So it might depend on the business, the area and the goals.

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    And I golf in about 8 charity events a year, play in 2 work related golf leagues, and have numerous outings with other associates. Many are way too out of shape to bike.

    I get that bikers have a community, I just think the author is overstating things a little bit. Not to even bring up that he's going on about overnight trips. There's even a smaller subset of bikers that are biking on extended trips with their employees/associates.

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    This kind of practice happens in many sports and in a much smaller scale than corporate setting. Usually a weekend thing and less of a business wheel and deal but more of a kiss up.

    Golf is much easier to do nowadays, with Tiger Woods entering the pro scene there are an explosion of new golfers and cheaper equipments. There are also plenty of ranges and courses in every major cities so it's easier to fakers to blend in with little effort.

    Mountain biking is much harder to do, first it's the equipments, can you say sticker shock, then it's the trail, you can't just show up on the off road trails and see how it goes. Very few die hard noobs I know have done that, most were introduced by experienced riders. You can't really fake this if you don't have a passion or interest for off-road riding this is not for you. Deny all you want but this sport is about embracing pain, heck may be even enjoying it a little

    So are they kissing up to the boss or some business talk going on the trail, yeah. I do it all the time, I called it net working but the sport itself help filter out the crazies and left with like minded people. I notice at the end of the ride or where we break at the turn around point the conversation are a lot more candid than at the trail head.

    Personally, I think mountain bikers are a bunch of great people I've interact with compare to other sports. Most riders I know are cool and awesome, passionate about the sport. I'm sure glad to be a part of it.

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    Perhaps true in the UK or in Europe, and agree that others have said "my clients / co-workers are too far out of shape to even ride a bike, let alone do a multi-day event".
    Both are acquired skills, no noobie can appear on the first tee, or at the trail-head, and be able to fit right in.
    So, whether a parking lot poser, or PGA statistician, your faking arse will be discovered, and later hung out to dry.
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    golf courses would convert to make great trails, pumptracks, skills park, bmx, and moto facilities. i'm all in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    How people cycle is a good judge of character.
    I've know a few bike throwers, and even more club throwers ... but now that I'm thinking about it, the bike throwers were all golfers.

    FWIW I used to golf, and never once threw a club even though I was terrible at it. I was the guy who was out there having fun not taking it seriously. Hit one and don't like it, it's OK i've got more in my pocket so I'd try again. I did once turn around and hit my ball back at a bunch of jackholes that almost nailed me with a drive.
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    Golf is out, biking is in

    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post

    I did once turn around and hit my ball back at a bunch of jackholes that almost nailed me with a drive.
    Lol, I just pick up that ball put it in my pocket and keep playing. If they saw me pick up the ball, they should have yell fore. Either way I want them to come and ask me for it. I don't throw my clubs either. I thought it was stupid for someone to do that.

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