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    "Are you a cyclist?" Yeah, what gave me away?

    I was sitting in my Engineering & Social Responsibility lecture, and grabbed a sip of water from my Camelbak Podium water bottle. The distinctive squirting sound immediately caught the attention of the student sitting beside me, and he asked "are you a cyclist?" It turns out he likes bikes too, and was at one of the events I participated in this summer.

    So, now it's your turn.

    What things have strangers noticed that caused them to identify you as a cyclist? Was it that bumper sticker you have on your car, or maybe that they noticed you were wearing your "dopers suck" socks? Maybe you met somebody really cool, that you would have not met otherwise.

    Share your stories.
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    That way that your head always follows any bicycle going past....
    Or that you comment on a classic bike resting against a wall but miss something else completely....

    Met my now wife out on the trails. So cycling is good

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    Dopers suck socks? Really?

    I've had someone notice the chainring bite on my right calf...
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    I am known as "bicycle man" at my local restaurant. It's a mom & pop noodle shop in the middle of an urban jungle where nobody cycles recreationally.

    I think it was the turning up with a helmet and body armor that eventually gave it away. Oh, and leaving a mud-encrusted full susser by their entrance.

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    "Your Bike Sux" socks!
    Only if I got paid to hang out in my garage and tweak on my bikes...

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    The bike in my office and all my wet clothes hanging to dry. Never realized how many mtb are at work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eckstream1 View Post
    Dopers suck socks? Really?

    I've had someone notice the chainring bite on my right calf...
    They exist, though I don't have a pair myself.

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    Scared shins and knees. Lump on my left shoulder.

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    Almost fell on my a$$ the other day because the sole on my shoes is worn out enough that I'm walking directly on the cleat, I got a nod from someone who picked up on the "clack clack clack" as I walked down the hall.
    All I know is that I don't know nothin'... and that's fine.

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    I have a serious cyclist tan. That and the leg muscles give me away.

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    I guess I'm still too fat. I've never had anyone recognize me as a cyclist.

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    a guy yesterday recognized my name as someone who works on the local trails because he's heard about me. then he started talking about how he biked and that he's been riding a cyclocross bike lately, and then I said, "oh, you're the guy with the Redline I see on the bike rack?"

    yep, I've had those discussions before.

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    when they see the rack on my car- then I say "no. he is" and point to the guy commuting as he rides by.
    i try sansautoculture when I can though! I'm not as much of a cyclist now that my commute would involve an ambulance ride (tried once already).

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    My co worker says "you actually schedule your vacations around bike riding" with eyes rolling... I ask "are there other kinds of vacation?"

    side note: I think her vacations are boring
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    Why else would a fat man wear lycra?

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    when co workers ask me to car pool on lunch and i say i can only take one person and then they say but you have a four door suv, then i show them that i took my back seats out to carry my bikes (2 of them) and all my gear extra parts and tools

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    I am primarily a road cyclist and they always tell because of my awesome cycling clothes tan lines and my shaved legs.
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    What gives it away is...

    * Bike helmett, gloves, glasses, and head band on my desk from my bike commute into work
    * My Washington State "Share the Road" license plate
    * The fact that I'm very comfortable walking around in bike socks & sandels
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    yeah...bike socks and sandals..not a good look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    I have a serious cyclist tan......
    Mine's pretty bad too every year. Bad enough this year that my wife said, as I walked down the hall fresh from the shower wearing only a towel, "You forgot to take your shirt off."

    Of course we both laughed as it was a good one but, to the OP, in terms of someone recognizing me as a cyclist, I walked into a Starbucks just before a ride with flip-flops and cycling socks on. I got the once over by a girl waiting at the counter. She laughed out loud and said, "You dress just like my brother. Only cyclists wear socks and flip-flops. Right?"
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    When people see me likr this they know that I ride bikes.
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    During a physical exam, the EKG tech ran out to get the Dr.s when I set off the low heart rate alarm. She came into the room, looked at me with the tan lines and laughed hard at the tech. Told her "some people are just fit". Called me the cyclist after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonedriver View Post
    I set off the low heart rate alarm.
    Funny, I did the same thing - after a colonoscopy. Could have been the drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    They exist, though I don't have a pair myself.

    Whats funny is on the trail a mountain biker thought they were referring to dopers as in pot smokers. He said "what do you have against pot?", I had no idea what he was talking about until I was removing my socks at home.

    One way i am known as a biker is i am constantly "checking out" what people are riding. Scoping whats on a roof rack, or what someone is tooling around town on, or what roadie is on what wheels, etc... When i was dating my wife she thought i was scoping out girls on bikes, then realized i was looking at anyone on a bike, then realized i didn't even see the person i was looking at the bike and that's it.

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    Drove my car up on a sidewalk to get around a jam.....

    Still thought I was commuting home on my bike....I hadn't driven the car for about 6 months.

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    Its always the chainring grease tat or the camelback bottle thats gets attention at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    I was sitting in my Engineering & Social Responsibility lecture, and grabbed a sip of water from my Camelbak Podium water bottle. The distinctive squirting sound immediately caught the attention of the student sitting beside me, and he asked "are you a cyclist?" It turns out he likes bikes too, and was at one of the events I participated in this summer.

    So, now it's your turn.

    What things have strangers noticed that caused them to identify you as a cyclist? Was it that bumper sticker you have on your car, or maybe that they noticed you were wearing your "dopers suck" socks? Maybe you met somebody really cool, that you would have not met otherwise.

    Share your stories.
    ha, when i was in undergrad, i would just take my bike into lecture, lab or discussion section w/ me. didnt want to lock it up outside, and met a few mtn and roadie folks that way too.
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    - yelling out "On your Left!" when I'm shopping at the supermarket.
    - tendency to pull up on the steering wheel when my cars front wheels are rolling off the driveway curb.
    - uncontrollable urge to rub vaseline inside the crotch of my dress pants
    - hitting people in the elevator with my arm when turning left to exit
    - telling someone there's "one more behind me" when i walk by them on the sidewalk
    - trying to stand up in the car when I drive over bumps in the road
    - get pissed in stairwells when people going down don't stop and move to the side when I'm going up
    - friends say "nice rack" at a bar and I look outside on the car roofs
    and the number 1 sign people can tell I'm a cyclist.....
    - cotton underwear just doesn't feel right anymore

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    The sunburned Camelbacked T shirt is usually what gives me away that I'm a bike rider. That, an occaissional chainring tattoo, and wearing flip flops bare foot with a bikers sock tan line is my give away. Sometimes, people comment, why are the tops of my knees tan and the rest of my legs white.

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    I'd have to say the "clack clack clack clack" has identified me a couple times when I'm roaming around my college campus, too lazy to change my shoes.

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    ...Only time I ever get recognised is when I am on my bike. Sometimes not even then. I was up in the hills on my own the other day and came across a Japanese hiker in the wilds, he asked me: "Are you cycrist?"... hmmm.
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    Bruises...cuts..my bike rack is forever attached to my Jeep...it has more stickers on it than a Nascar sponsored racer...my bikes are always cleaner than the Jeep..the spotty tan lines you get from ridding..all the old school t shirts from charity rides back in the day...

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    Know I'm gonna catch it for this but...30 year roadie/crit racer....waxed legs!!!

    And, I was just looking at this - matches the socks!!!
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    Only if I have the bike rack on the back of my car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    Whats funny is on the trail a mountain biker thought they were referring to dopers as in pot smokers. He said "what do you have against pot?", I had no idea what he was talking about until I was removing my socks at home.
    That's what I thought, what does it actually refer to?
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    I always thought the reference was to blood doping.

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    So, Dopers Suck...

    Quote Originally Posted by crazy03 View Post
    That's what I thought, what does it actually refer to?
    When I first saw the "Dopers Suck" I assumed it was meant to be a funny 'double meaning' kind of thing... To be interpreted as by individuals depending on their view point...

    Dopers Suck as in "Those who smoke pot suck (are bad)"

    Dopers Suck as in "Pull it through, ya ***** (wimp)!" (Referring to a big bong hit.)

    Now that I am seeing this I realize it's really referring to those who cheat by taking performance enhancing drugs while cycling competitively!

    I guess this tells us where most of our heads are at!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SparxFlyer View Post
    When I first saw the "Dopers Suck" I assumed it was meant to be a funny 'double meaning' kind of thing... To be interpreted as by individuals depending on their view point...

    Dopers Suck as in "Those who smoke pot suck (are bad)"

    Dopers Suck as in "Pull it through, ya ***** (wimp)!" (Referring to a big bong hit.)

    Now that I am seeing this I realize it's really referring to those who cheat by taking performance enhancing drugs while cycling competitively!

    I guess this tells us where most of our heads are at!
    Of course we don't get the "doping = performance enhancing drugs" joke.

    Only roadies are so lame, so low to the ground, carb counting, leg shaving, aero helmet wearing d bags that they would shoot up to ride faster. We, being the naturally superior bike breed, have no taste for such foolishness. We just bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    Of course we don't get the "doping = performance enhancing drugs" joke.

    Only roadies are so lame, so low to the ground, carb counting, leg shaving, aero helmet wearing d bags that they would shoot up to ride faster. We, being the naturally superior bike breed, have no taste for such foolishness. We just bike.
    Are you being serious?!?! There's d'bags everywhere, trust me...
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    and as to the original question...

    pulling up the breakfast joint on my Enduro usually makes things quite clear.

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    My calfs. I assume because they're all cut up and scarred. Especially in the summer because I'm always wearing shorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    Of course we don't get the "doping = performance enhancing drugs" joke.

    Only roadies are so lame, so low to the ground, carb counting, leg shaving, aero helmet wearing d bags that they would shoot up to ride faster. We, being the naturally superior bike breed, have no taste for such foolishness. We just bike.
    A little harsh bro

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    Quote Originally Posted by SparxFlyer View Post
    When I first saw the "Dopers Suck" I assumed it was meant to be a funny 'double meaning' kind of thing... To be interpreted as by individuals depending on their view point...

    Dopers Suck as in "Those who smoke pot suck (are bad)"

    Dopers Suck as in "Pull it through, ya ***** (wimp)!" (Referring to a big bong hit.)

    Now that I am seeing this I realize it's really referring to those who cheat by taking performance enhancing drugs while cycling competitively!

    I guess this tells us where most of our heads are at!
    Ahhhh, makes sense, thanks for clarifying
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    The everpresent forearm/elbow and shin/knee scabs during the riding season always raise a few eyebrows at work.

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    I was watching the women's US Open final last week and kept on saying Stosur was a cyclist cause she had what looked like a classic cyclist tan. It also matched her skirt but I found it funny nonetheless...
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    tanline from my gloves. had more than one person notice, and actually went out on a date with a girl who noticed, and knew what it was from.

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    Nobody would know I ride 5 days a week and race cyclocross. I like to keep myself on the down low, and not into advertising my hobby on my car and clothes - that goes with any of my hobbies. Well, I do have a small NRA sticker on my truck.

    I guess when I was a younger man in my 20's, I felt compelled to do this kind of thing...

    I do, however, within the niche of cycling, have old school BMX references scattered about. Like the Vision Street Wear sticker on the headtube - if you rode BMX during the birth of street riding, you knew what this is all about.



    I'm also conjuring up a "Club Home Boy" custom jersey that will look like this shirt. Again, old school BMX reference, paying homage to pre-Where-The-Wild-Things-Are Spike Jonze.


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    "Are you a cyclist?"




    No, I'm a mountain biker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Are you being serious?!?! There's d'bags everywhere, trust me...
    Yes, I'm completely serious. Every single mountain biker is cool, and every single road biker is a tool.

    seriously though, while two wheels are two wheels, you have to admit mountain biking and road biking tend to attract two very different types of people.

    I'm a mountain biker...just sayin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    "Are you a cyclist?"




    No, I'm a mountain biker.

    boom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    Yes, I'm completely serious. Every single mountain biker is cool, and every single road biker is a tool.

    seriously though, while two wheels are two wheels, you have to admit mountain biking and road biking tend to attract two very different types of people.

    I'm a mountain biker...just sayin'.
    What about those of us that ride both? Granted I consider myself more a MTBer as I will ALWAYS choose dirt over pavement if time permits.

    Almost everyone I ride with now (both road and dirt) rides both.

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    I've had people notice my cycling shoes, or whenever I'm biking around on my Surly most notably, someone will stop me and want to talk about my bike/bikes in general. Also people think I'm wierd when I look at other riders, but as someone else pointed out, I'm usually scoping out the component spec on another bike, not the rider!

    Showing up with my dome protector and a backpack almost everywhere I go is also a usual giveaway, and my friends who don't bike jokingly refer to me as "Lance Armstrong"
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    Of course we don't get the "doping = performance enhancing drugs" joke.

    Only roadies are so lame, so low to the ground, carb counting, leg shaving, aero helmet wearing d bags that they would shoot up to ride faster. We, being the naturally superior bike breed, have no taste for such foolishness. We just bike.
    Harsh words! A troll statement imo...but will address it nonetheless..

    Wow. Just.....wow. Yeh, nobody at the mtb elite level dopes and races mountain bikes and none of the mtb'ers shave their legs and certainly none of us excel at both road and mtb (yes...including all mountain and DH...)

    You seem extremely angry and perhaps very new to this "bike" thing...

    Peace. Enjoy the ride.
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    MtnMan1 - I thought your post was funny. I took it as the Over the Top statement that it was. I could almost hear a Borat style voice reading it. So, I got your sarcasm.

    In my limited experience, I would say that most bikers enjoy bikes of different flavors. Some like road bikes over mtn and vice versa, but most can appreciate quality componentry or frame design no matter what its form (road or mtn). A buddy and I rode all day on single track, went home and he was stoked to try out my carbon fiber road bike.

    I tend to think of the two categories as wife and girlfriend. You spend more time with one over the other, but you like them both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkMoneyLove View Post
    I tend to think of the two categories as wife and girlfriend. You spend more time with one over the other, but you like them both.
    So who's the mtb and the roadie ?

    At least both have shaved legs and wear lycra
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    "Are you a cyclist?"




    No, I'm a mountain biker.
    You're missing out. JMHO, YMMV, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wg View Post
    Wear these without thinking of how "others" may interpret:
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Wear these without thinking of how "others" may interpret:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Low_ View Post
    tanline from my gloves. had more than one person notice, and actually went out on a date with a girl who noticed, and knew what it was from.
    Had a guy from another department grab my hand and say, "excuse me, I see something familiar." My response was, "yes that is a wedding band of a happily MARRIED man." He let out a chuckle and said, 'no - that's a cyclist tan line."

    It was quite uncomfortable, but I really did know he was just crossing social norms and there was no funny business going on.

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    I didn't realize that I was that Bike guy on campus until talking with some different friends and how they recognized me from biking everywhere before they actually met me.
    New gf races triathalons so she's always checking out the roadies going by, while i'm scoping out the trails in the trees lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    Yes, I'm completely serious. Every single mountain biker is cool, and every single road biker is a tool.

    seriously though, while two wheels are two wheels, you have to admit mountain biking and road biking tend to attract two very different types of people.

    I'm a mountain biker...just sayin'.
    what if you do both? what if you don't shave your legs for either? what if you just like bike riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    You're missing out. JMHO, YMMV, etc.
    I agree with the 'other' feeling... we are MTBers - that's a class ABOVE general cyclists...

    Take some logic;
    All MTBers are cyclists
    Some cyclists are MTBers
    Therefore, all cyclists are MTBers...

    We are elite and ROCK and should OWN it!!!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    People ride road to build up their cardio for MTBing right? Why else would they not be riding off road??? :P

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    Socks....

    Usually, it's my socks. I wear my riding socks almost all the time. I started buying long length cycling socks so I could wear them with dress shoes.

    I was sitting in an exec meeting with a large health care provider in Memphis and the CMO stopped the meeting to ask me what type of bike I rode. I crossed my legs, my pant leg rode up and he noticed my Drunk Cyclist socks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC View Post
    I was sitting in an exec meeting with a large health care provider in Memphis and the CMO stopped the meeting to ask me what type of bike I rode. I crossed my legs, my pant leg rode up and he noticed my Drunk Cyclist socks.
    LOL! That's great. Hey, I bet the ensuing bike discussion was more interesting than the meeting topic. Way to derail a meeting. I've got to buy me some new socks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    LOL! That's great. Hey, I bet the ensuing bike discussion was more interesting than the meeting topic. Way to derail a meeting. I've got to buy me some new socks!
    Given the number of people (and their titles), the bike discussion was an expensive one but far more interesting to the two of us than our meeting.
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    This is all starting to sound like a secret society of cyclists out there! I guess we will have to get our own secret handshake like the masons soon... wait, we already have one??!?
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    it's all good imo..

    cyclist [ˈsaɪklɪst] US, cycler
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    much like the hawaiians have the "waterman" award for the most well rounded ocean-goer, we should show equal respect for all cyclists whether it be bmx or road racing imo. why such an effort to claim superiority from some of you??? what seems most admirable is someone who has made the effort to expose themselves to all levels/types of cycling.

    waterman award is defined as:
    boasting total mastery of ALL oceanic endeavors, the revered waterman can fish, dive, surf, windsurf, kayak, bodysurf, interpret complex weather data, save the odd drowning man, etc.

    to draw the line and claim that roadies are lame or mtb'ers are better just shows one's ignorance.

    it's kinda like me claiming the africa is a better vacation destination than australia when only having visited africa and never visiting australia.

    NOTE: This is a response to MtnMan1's very harsh words against roadies. Perhaps he was joking....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    cyclist [ˈsaɪklɪst] US, cycler
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    a person who rides or travels by bicycle

    much like the hawaiians have the "waterman" award for the most well rounded ocean-goer, we should show equal respect for all cyclists whether it be bmx or road racing imo. why such an effort to claim superiority from some of you??? what seems most admirable is someone who has made the effort to expose themselves to all levels/types of cycling.

    waterman award is defined as:
    boasting total mastery of ALL oceanic endeavors, the revered waterman can fish, dive, surf, windsurf, kayak, bodysurf, interpret complex weather data, save the odd drowning man, etc.

    to draw the line and claim that roadies are lame or mtb'ers are better just shows one's ignorance.

    it's kinda like me claiming the africa is a better vacation destination than australia when only having visited africa and never visiting australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaLL6 View Post
    exactly MY point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishtar View Post
    People ride road to build up their cardio for MTBing right? Why else would they not be riding off road??? :P
    Fear. Everyone I know that has expressed any desire to ride won't ride off road because they're afraid they might fall.

    Back on topic, I haven't. Been riding long enough for anyone to notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty Trails View Post
    Fear. Everyone I know that has expressed any desire to ride won't ride off road because they're afraid they might fall.

    Back on topic, I haven't. Been riding long enough for anyone to notice.

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    Risk of serious injury on the road is there. I would take sliding across the dirt vs. gravel road at twice the speed any day. Done both many times over the years...

    I do agree that there is this misplaced fear of the dirt by some "pure" roadies. It disappears quickly once they decide to cross over to the dark side and hit the dirt though... Also, we can't forget that a ton of roadies also ride CX. Gotta be well rounded to excel at CX imo...

    Back on topic...my kooky tan lines give it away i guess??

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    I road ride and mountain bike. I road ride when I'm in the mood for a less strenuous ride, am injured, or just want a change of pace. Unfortunately I have to admit I detect a difference between mountain bikers and road riders. Road riders just don't seem as friendly in my opinion. I'd agree that it seems many road riders don't try mountain biking because mountain biking seems too dangerous or technical to them.

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    Real road bikes have motors...

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    Hmm. This must be a "mountain" bike forum. I forgot. Tunnel vision

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturally Aspirated View Post
    Real road bikes have motors...
    Are you referring to Fabian Cancellara's seat tube motor? Jk..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturally Aspirated View Post
    Real road bikes have motors...
    You are SO right! I love 2 wheels of all kinds. On blacktop they should be pushed by at least 1000cc of gas-fired air, off blacktop by a bunch of O2 fired muscles...
    As for the debate on attitudes, all I have to say is that out of the road riders I meet going up to the TH from my house, maybe 50% acknowledge my greetings, and out of the MTBers I meet on the trails, probably 99.99% acknowledge me. That's all...

    Almost forgot, out of the hikers I meet out there, I would say that probably 80% of them have a positive response to my greeting, the rest ambivalent, very few negative...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    ...
    As for the debate on attitudes, all I have to say is that out of the road riders I meet going up to the TH from my house, maybe 50% acknowledge my greetings, and out of the MTBers I meet on the trails, probably 99.99% acknowledge me. That's all...

    Almost forgot, out of the hikers I meet out there, I would say that probably 80% of them have a positive response to my greeting, the rest ambivalent, very few negative...
    This has been my experience, too with roadies, mtbers, and hikers.

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    I tend to show up to classes splattered in mud wearing my riding clothes (including jersey that says Oneonta State Mountain Biking), shoes, and Camelbak, carrying my helmet and gloves.

    I walked into one of the pizza joints downtown last Halloween in just such a getup. One of the wise-a$$es throwing dough said "Let me guess...you're a cyclist!" I replied "Hell no! I'm wearing baggy shorts instead of lycra, a helmet with a visor, I've been riding in the mud and rain, and I do not shave my legs. I am a mountain biker. See?" [points at aforementioned logo on jersey]
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    No issues with Roadies - cept maybe given' 'em a hard time.
    I gave up on the road 20 odd years ago. Unannounced meeting between myself and an automobile was the cause, followed by too many close calls. Now my pavement riding is if I must ride a bit of black-top to get to dirt.

    As for how to tell, to the "Initiated" my scab and scar encrusted knees, shins and calfs announce my presence, the rest just look at me funny and wonder why I am out without my hockey helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    Yes, I'm completely serious. Every single mountain biker is cool, and every single road biker is a tool.

    seriously though, while two wheels are two wheels, you have to admit mountain biking and road biking tend to attract two very different types of people.

    I'm a mountain biker...just sayin'.

    I ride 90% road 10% mtn currently and am as far from a TOOL you close minded Idiot! I ride with some of the nicest people I have ever met has it ever occured to you that not everyone is the same!
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    I haven't had much experience with roadies because I go straight for the trail heads with my mountain bike on the back of my truck. I do notice nearly ALL roadies do not obey traffic signs, and then I find it ironic they cry about sharing the road. You want people with motors to share the road, yet you do whatever you want...

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggoofy1 View Post
    I ride 90% road 10% mtn currently and am as far from a TOOL you close minded Idiot! I ride with some of the nicest people I have ever met has it ever occured to you that not everyone is the same!
    The rolling eyes denote sarcasm in his post.
    I can see someone disagreeing with the second half of his post, but the first sentence there is pretty clearly not serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    seriously though, while two wheels are two wheels, you have to admit mountain biking and road biking tend to attract two very different types of people.
    No.

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    sooo funny...

    Relax. My original post was meant in good fun.

    So funny to me that:
    -the mtbers responded with 'that's funny'.
    -the roadies responded with 'what a mean man. road bikers are cool too. we are not up tight. we can have fun and don't take ourselves too seriously.' All the while being totally type A and taking themselves waaay too seriously.


    I give every single one of my roadie friends a hard time about shaved legs, doping, and gay clothes. They give me a hard time about being "broed out" and riding platforms. We think it's funny, we laugh, and drink beer. See? There are some cool road bikers...I guess just not many around here...

    p.s. I'm very happy and have been riding trail for about twenty years. Thanks for asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    Relax. My original post was meant in good fun.

    So funny to me that:
    -the mtbers responded with 'that's funny'.
    -the roadies responded with 'what a mean man. road bikers are cool too. we are not up tight. we can have fun and don't take ourselves too seriously.' All the while being totally type A and taking themselves waaay too seriously.


    I give every single one of my roadie friends a hard time about shaved legs, doping, and gay clothes. They give me a hard time about being "broed out" and riding platforms. We think it's funny, we laugh, and drink beer. See? There are some cool road bikers...I guess just not many around here...

    p.s. I'm very happy and have been riding trail for about twenty years. Thanks for asking.

    You attacked roadies with some very strong and harsh words.

    "Only roadies are so lame, so low to the ground, carb counting, leg shaving, aero helmet wearing d bags that they would shoot up to ride faster. We, being the naturally superior bike breed, have no taste for such foolishness. We just bike."

    Being "e-funny" is tricky. Facial expressions, laughter, smiles, tone, volume and what not are pretty much nonexistent. For this reason, emoticons were created, which you failed to use.

    Conversely, you did not attack mtb'ers. If you had, you would have had an equally negative response. Case in point, being all of the exteme flame wars that exist on MTBR daily. Head on over to the DH forum. Not much love and understanding there...hmmmm....

    I have met a lot of amazing people in both the mtb and road communities. Also, I have met a few dooooshbahhgs from both sides.

    One thing you seem to not fully understand is that there are quite a few MTBR members that are passionate about both road and mtb and have been for a very very long time.

    You are one dimensional in the realm of cycling and clearly you are extremely proud of it. Not sure why, but hey...to each their own..

    I noticed that you are new here to MTBR. I sense a bit of trollage from you and hope you are here to contribute, rather than make just make jabs at members.

    If you are here to contribute, then great. I am not saying that you will always agree with the folks here, but perhaps tone it down a bit.

    Also, for clarity, did you "start riding bikes in 2002" or have you been riding for the last "20 years"? You mentioned both, so it is a bit confusing...

    My time is done here. Sorry for hijacking this thread everyone...

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    Mtb riders suck. Roadies also suck.

    ^^^^^^ Sarcasm ^^^^^^^^^^

    In all seriousness there's bad apples in every group, but at the end of the day, we all like to push our own limits and see just what we can do under our own power and an extension of our bodies.

    There are Roadie d'bags who mess up "share the road" with their shenanigans, and there are mtb d'bags who have no concern for respecting the trails and being mindful of access privileges. They give us ALL a bad name, no one remembers the rider who is respectful and creates a positive experience, they remember that A-hole who cut them off or blew the stop sign or forced them off trail or poached a trail.

    We're all in the same boat... or to bring it back to topic... those chance encounters when a non-rider recognizes us as riders get less positive and we have to hear peeps complain.

    I see bikes in the back of cars in the mornings in the garage, or when I commute by bike and park it in my office, some surprising second takes and giddy conversations ensue... no converts or riding buddies yet, most of the folks here are roadies.

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    Wink Someone above still doesn't understand

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    Relax. My original post was meant in good fun.

    So funny to me that:
    -the mtbers responded with 'that's funny'.
    -the roadies responded with 'what a mean man. road bikers are cool too. we are not up tight. we can have fun and don't take ourselves too seriously.' All the while being totally type A and taking themselves waaay too seriously.


    I give every single one of my roadie friends a hard time about shaved legs, doping, and gay clothes. They give me a hard time about being "broed out" and riding platforms. We think it's funny, we laugh, and drink beer. See? There are some cool road bikers...I guess just not many around here...

    p.s. I'm very happy and have been riding trail for about twenty years. Thanks for asking.
    I'd rep you, but all out for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnMan1 View Post
    ...........All the while being totally type A and taking themselves waaay too seriously.............
    I read that and remembered this video from the other day. Great stuff.... LOL

    I hate the mountain vs. road debate: talk about beating a dead horse or what? Jesus.

    For the record, I do both + CX. There are ******s everywhere but the vast majority are good folks in all genres.

    Now, here's a stellar video.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kcjoWL6hJg8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    Here's my crummy, slow-going blog The Slow Spoke if you're interested.

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    When I had hair (the good 'ol days before kids), the 'helmet head' and mud/blood made it easy to figure out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ska! View Post
    I read that and remembered this video from the other day. Great stuff.... LOL

    I hate the mountain vs. road debate: talk about beating a dead horse or what? Jesus.

    For the record, I do both + CX. There are ******s everywhere but the vast majority are good folks in all genres.

    Now, here's a stellar video.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kcjoWL6hJg8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    Great vid! Thanks

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