What Kind Of Cyclists Do We Have Hear???

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    Jun 15, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    So what type of cycling do you enjoy? Mountain (XC, DH, DJ), Road, casual, Trials, recumbent???

    Any racers? Weekend Warriors? commuters? fixie hipsters???

    Is it more of a hobby or a passion? Or just something you do to get out of the house?

    For me, I'm mainly an XC mountain biker. In addition to my mountain bike, I also have a road bike that I ride semi-regularly. I usually ride the longer 100K or 100 mile road rallies. I also have a fixed geared bike that I use for both training purposes, and for just pure plane fun. I'm also an XC mountain bike racer. I'm not very good at it, but it's a blast and always puts a smile to my face.

    When I was a kid, I had a physical deformity that prevented me from any type of sport or activity....except for riding my bike. It was the only thing I could do that made me feel normal. I stopped riding when I was 12, and just recently picked it back up about 4 years ago. It brought back that exhilarating feeling that I hadn't felt in many years. Sounds kinda dumb, but it's a passion for me. And it's something that has become a part of me, and helped define who I am today.

    What about you? Why do you ride?
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    Jun 16, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    Mainly XC mountain hardtail and singlespeed. These days I mainly bike for fun and as a workout, but up until this year I used to race quite a bit (local amateur races).
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    Jun 16, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    You mean "here" buddy? ;)
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    Jun 16, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    Not currently but a few years back I was into racing on the road (crits mostly) and at the track.
  • NerdLifter

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    Jun 16, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    My $400 dollar bike was stolen from in front the student center two weeks after I bought it. I f*ing hate this campus and this county. The crime is so high they can't keep people from cutting people's locks IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY.

    In a nutshell, our campus refuses to install cameras OUTSIDE of buildings because of "privacy" concerns. I immediately reported the stolen bike to the police and I had its serial number on hand for them to file it into NCIC, but I know I'll never see it again.
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    Jun 16, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    Most of my cycling is for casual reasons as well as for the occasional commute. I live in a walkable, rather pedestrian friendly area of my city and hopping on my bike to see friends, go downtown, and visit restaurants, markets, and shops is just a short ride away from my apartment. I also live near a biking/walking trail called the Olentangy Trail that goes from north to south from downtown to the suburbs along the Olentangy River passing by and through urban neighborhoods, a major university, an old 'streetcar' inner ring suburb, and lush parkland. From end to end, it runs for almost 14 miles.

    http://parks.columbus.gov/OlentangyTrail.aspx
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    Jun 24, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    i quite XC mtb racing about 7-8 years ago. But i did it for almost 10 years at the provincial level ( Quebec) . Coming late to it i was racing vet and then masters .
    Now i still ride a lot and always try to improve aspects of technical riding.

    I used to road bike a lot but my old bike is now defunct an i can't afford a second bike. Sometimes what i do is i split my ride half road, half trail, but not too often , it wears out the tires. ( still riding my Santa Cruz superlight... 4 years now )

    i just love mtb !!
    more than running, skiing, hiking... one exception: these days i enjoy my gym workouts equally well.
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    Jun 24, 2011 10:37 AM GMT
    Week long, distance riding for me. I had not cycled, since i was 16 & bought a car. A buddy got me interested back in 2005. I love the cardio, the ease on the knees, and that i have gotten faster each year. You can my rides, on my profile. Want to join me on a ride?

    "So many roads, not enough time."
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    Jun 27, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    Right now is triathlon season, but once it's done in a couple weeks, I'll go back to my century (110km +) riding/ racing.

    Luckily, it stays sunny until like 9:00 pm during the summer where I am, so I can easily go for a long ride after work.
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    Jun 27, 2011 2:32 PM GMT
    Mt. Biking...though yesterday was a nice flat road Iron Horse Trail did about 70 miles roundtrip.icon_biggrin.gif
  • CAtoFL

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    Jun 27, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    Definitely a road rider. I'm on a Trek Madone road bike and I do at least four charity tours a year to raise $ for different causes.

    I ride all the time, not just the weekends. Because it's fun, it feels good and I want to be ready for the tours. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 28, 2011 11:21 AM GMT
    MTB single track and DH racing. Thinking of getting a road bike for trianing and begin to do night rides as my work hours a soon to be longer.
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    Jun 28, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    I'm an All Mountain rider. Strangely enough, I prefer climbing uphill more than riding downhill. I don't mind a long XC ride, but it's gotta have some hills to climb or I get bored.

    I live in the Phoenix area, and today it's 115 degrees... so my biking is somewhat limited right now.
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    Jun 28, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    I'm a lifer on the bikes. We rode our bikes everywhere as kids, and were way ahead of the mtb curve as we raced our Schwinn single-speed bikes on the wild single-track trails of the mighty Jack Rabbit Mountain towering over our community's open space. Well, Jack Rabbit is really nothing more than a nob of a hill, but as a kid it seemed akin to Kilimanjaro. I bought my first mtb before anyone knew what to call it. It was a land-barge Panasonic something-or-other. Disc brakes and suspension weren't even a dream back then. Heck, most cars didn't even have disc brakes on the rear wheels when I procured the Panasonic. I traded my beloved Raleigh Competition for that Panasonic, but I digress. These days I ride Bianchi on the road and Specialized on the trails. With endless miles of rural roads at my door step, I mostly ride the Bianchi; however, we have some fantastic mtb venues in the area so I still spin the Stumpy 29er Comp from time to time, and Jim Thorpe, PA is merely an hours drive away. I love mountain biking in JT. I'm always looking looking for other people to ride with. I'll typically spin 30 to 40 mile workout rides 4 to 5 days a week, and mix in the mtb when opportunity arises. Every Tuesday a group of buddies rides local trails and close the workout with beers at the local Irish pub. Funny how I never remember the last 8 miles after that pub.
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    Jun 28, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    CAtoFL saidDefinitely a road rider. I'm on a Trek Madone road bike and I do at least four charity tours a year to raise $ for different causes.

    I ride all the time, not just the weekends. Because it's fun, it feels good and I want to be ready for the tours. icon_biggrin.gif


    Lucky man...that is the bike I am trying to save for Road....a Trek Madone...sweeticon_cool.gificon_smile.gif best bike ever.
  • metatextual

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    Jun 28, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    Mostly bike to work, but try to do a recreational ride or two when i have some free time. Roadie, here
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    Jun 28, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    Just caught this thread as I was shutting down the computer, before going off to run errands on my bike. How apropos.

    I have a Cannondale touring bike, basically a road bike but with mods and strengthening for carrying loads, and lower gearing (3 x 10 in this case) and longer wheelbase. That allows me to use it under rough city conditions, and even put plastic fenders on it against the Florida showers (the roads are wet right now).

    Yet I can also strip it down for the 165-mile charity ride I do down to Key West, next one this November (previous ride pics in this Cycling Forum). I've been riding road bikes exclusively since 1962.

    Factory production shot, minus pedals:

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    My own bike, rigged for daily in-town errands.

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    Jun 28, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    mayBbignow saidANTM


    Win.

    Smize, betch!
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    Jun 28, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    I'm a year-round bicycle commuter (I have a Norco Wolverine MTB with all the gear for riding at night/winter time). I'm also what you would refer to as an "icebiker".
    I also do duathlons (run,bike,run) competitively during the summer and also do long distance riding for charity and for fun. (couple of 100km/60mi rides so far this summer)
    For that I have a Specialized Tarmac Elite road bike.

    Bill
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    Jun 28, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    I just got into cycling at the beginning of this year. It started off with doing 60min. and 90min. spin classes at my gym. Soon I was getting sucked into this fun sport and this spring bought my first road bike. It's a Gary Fisher (mostly known as the "inventor" of the mountain bike, but few know that he actually was a road bike competitor long before). I just did my first Century Ride (100 miles) that helped raise funds for a local organization that provides care to cancer patients. Here's a picture of my bike. Absolutely love the thing. I almost take better care of it than my car.


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  • Cuchullain

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    Jul 14, 2011 9:09 AM GMT
    Until recently, mostly XC & FR mtb, but in the last year I've been getting into riding and racing road, and that's a lot of fun.

    I get the same happies out of riding a bike now that I did when I was six. I think it keeps me from getting too grown up. Most of my mates are riders - cycling's pretty big in NZ and there's a great community down here.

    I don't think of it as a hobby or a passion though. It's more like just a part of me.
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    Jul 14, 2011 9:18 AM GMT
    Road biking mainly - use the MTB for touring though. Rolled down a hill so no more off road MTB riding though LOL

    Commute to work on the bike as well - stacks faster, and do a bit of racing (duathalons)

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    Jul 17, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    Friend stopped using his Specialized Roubaix Elite so I am borrowing it and I have fallen in love with biking. Haha. Just biking to school right now but plan on getting into some races and charity events and what not.
  • propa

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    Jul 19, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    Funny, I was looking for MTB bikers. Got a Cannondale Jekyl 800. But then saw the Boston to New York Aids ride was back. So I got a Trek Madone 3.1 (took me months to figure which bike to get).

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    Jan 08, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    Hey guys... I'm a road rider... I did the ECCC collegiate races during grad school and now ride mostly for fun as a Cat 4 on a local racing team.

    My beloved baby is a black Cervelo R5 (SRAM Red), but I spend about as much time (laughably and sadly) on the funny urban Capital Bikeshare bikes to ride around town.