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Ok....so please explain this....(23 posts)

Ok....so please explain this....BB K
Apr 23, 2001 10:22 AM
What makes road biking interesting? It seems to me like you just ride and ride along the road and it would become very boring...what attracts people to this sport?
tingly feelingscreamingbunny
Apr 23, 2001 10:32 AM
as my nuts wake up after a century
Besides that......Bomber
Apr 23, 2001 10:35 AM
theres the flats, and the people yelling at you, and grazing you with their mirrors you as they speed by sputtering gas fumes.
re: Ok....so please explain this....birdrider
Apr 23, 2001 11:05 AM
I like having to stop at all the traffic lights and the potholes that bend your rims out of true. Oooh and the road rash after skidding along the pavement.
just read Moneyman's story.Jesse Smith
Apr 23, 2001 11:11 AM
The things that happen on the bike lead to better things that happen off the bike.
just read Moneyman's story.Kate
Apr 23, 2001 8:57 PM
When I read Matt's story I couldn't help but think of what an awesome night it was at the dinner we went to together in Tucson before El Tour. Not only did cycling bring three of mtbr.coms together but we got to see and hear some of cyclings greats talk about their love of the sport and the comrodry they all share is very infectious. Cycling to raise money for good causes, you're right better things happen off the bike.
Speed.9W orCP
Apr 23, 2001 11:20 AM
It's addicting. I know you can jam on a mountainbike but a lot of the time you're just sitting upright poking around like a farmer. Surfing w/ traffic on 5th Ave into times square humming Ride of the Valkeries to myself dodging potholes, pedestrians and cabbies perks up my nads.
Speed.dustin73
Apr 23, 2001 11:35 AM
yeah, speed. i wanted a Yamaha YZF-R6, but didn't have $7K, so i decided on a road bike. hitting 40mph on a road bike is quite exilerating (sp?)...though, i've only done that once. hitting 30mph is more common. still fun...
Speed.screamingbunny
Apr 25, 2001 3:04 AM
drafting a semi down hill at 82.7 mph
PainPaulCL
Apr 23, 2001 11:42 AM
Not the feeling of the pain, but the conquering of the pain. Grinding up a hill, feeling the burn, not stopping, then hitting the top and flying down the other side. Nothing better. well almost nothing....
re: Ok....so please explain this....Alan B
Apr 23, 2001 2:16 PM
1) It's as fast as I can go under my own power.
2) Realizing you're getting there faster than those taking the bus.
3) Getting into "The Zone."

No, there's not the same thrills and chills as MTB, but it's the cycling equivalent of the runner's high.
Runner's high (endorphin high) comes from any sport. NMBOBBY J
Apr 23, 2001 2:36 PM
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re: Ok....so please explain this....Lazy
Apr 23, 2001 2:52 PM
I've always been told that there aren't boring things, only boring people. It's what you make of it, here's some good things about it:

1. The health benefits are great.
2. Comraderie. The "snobby elitist jerks" are, IMO, few and far between. We're a pretty small fraternity, and populated by some SUPER cool people.
3. I live in Colorado, so it's a great way to enjoy being outdoors in arguably one of the most beautiful place in the world.
4. You get to own a road bike, one of the most refined and beautiful machines ever created.
5. You can go really fast.
6. You can tell people "I rode [insert large number here] miles today" and smile as they gawk at you like you're insane.
7. If there ever is a gas shortage, we'll be the only ones who will be able to afford to go to work. Thereby keeping our jobs, and being able to buy more road bikes!

I'm sure anyone here can add 15-20 other things. It's very personal. Give it a try and figure out your own reasons.

This also brings up another question: I have heard of several people who were avid MTBers and decided to get a road bike "just to improve my MTBing". Not long after, they seem to have given up the MTB thing all together and now are avid roadies. Does this happen in reverse?
re: Ok....so please explain this....xterrashley
Apr 23, 2001 3:24 PM
i agree. as an avid mtb'er, i am toying with the idea of getting a road bike. i want to just get rid of my wasteful, gas sucking xterra, and get off of my fat arse and ride.
Depends on where you live and where your abilities lie...BOBBY J
Apr 23, 2001 3:53 PM
If you suck at riding off road, but are strong, you would be a good candidate for a road weenie. If youre a great bike handler, why waste it on the tarmac? If you have great trails in your area, why would you ride strictly on the road?????????? I ride both. Both are very different.
re: Ok....so please explain this....Duane Gran
Apr 23, 2001 4:25 PM
On the surface I'm sure it looks pretty boring, but trust us, it is amazing how hours can pass on a bike. Barring a few times where I went too far or when weather conditions were nasty, I don't think I ever yearned to be done riding. Racing is another story, but we talking about riding. :)

There have been a lot of good discussion on the "why do you ride topic", but for me I ride many times to clear my head. It gives me some great solitary time to think, sing, pray, etc. On the other hand, group rides are a blast and I've met wonderful people through cycling. I suspect people in other sports also express this sentiment.

Occassionally there is a boring stretch of road, I'll admit that, however most of the time the scenery on a bike is much better than from a car. I've biked on wonderful country roads that didn't look nearly as beautiful in a car at 40mph. Incidentally, runners have also noted this same effect. At least with cycling if it truly is boring you can often get onto greener pastures fairly soon.

I hope this gives a little insight into it. Trust us... we aren't entirely crazy, and we are having a ball out there.
re: Ok....so please explain this....AD14
Apr 23, 2001 5:10 PM
Road riding can be nearly spiritual in its effect. Its not just the high or any one aspect of the experience. I practice bike handling, climbing etcetera but it truly is the synergy of so many things that elevates riding a road bike. There have been times when I have been riding many miles over a number of months that I truly felt as if I was melded with the bike, everything seemed so natural. Not to mention those hills that once challenged me now can be taken two cogs up.
Some more things.....look271
Apr 23, 2001 5:47 PM
Seeing those 4 deer in the field right next to the road that you would've scared away in a car(or on a mtb on a trail, for that matter).
The peaceful hum of your tires at 7am in the morning when all of the lard-arses are at home sleeping off their hang-overs.
The looks that you get when you come into work in your spandex and lycra (after getting there in the same amt of time that it would take to drive/park your car).
That feeling of superiority that you get when you say that I rode 100 miles yesterday @ 24mph.
re: Ok....so please explain this....Woof the dog
Apr 23, 2001 8:02 PM
This is definitely a typical question for this board, not that its bad. Here...Its all about speed, and the image of oneself going fast past everything (including cars). If you ever want to know about my joy riding times, you've got to find a really old thread. Well, now that spaced out "I love the views" thing is gone, guys. It was all swallowed by small things like new wheels (what color nipples?), dura-ace shifters, nice clothes and "how do I pay my bills now" crisis. It was all for one fun part though. The real fun time starts with racing, where you either feel satisfied with your results and train well after or when you go into a 'I am gonna get better' mode and put in extra training and extra sleep to actually experience the thrill of the final sprint, where the guy from the other team gives you a perfect leadout (without knowing it). Its like 'sweeeeet'. Does anybody even know what I am talking about?

P.S. has anyone noticed I don't post as much? well, I definitely do more riding now.........and less yupping. No offense
Tail winds.
Ta Ta.
What I missmike mcmahon
Apr 23, 2001 8:49 PM
when you don't post is the sign-off: "Woof the (fill in the blank) Dog." When you signed off as Woof the Talking Dog, it reminded me of the Simpsons episode where Homer ate the Guatemalan Insanity Peppers from Chief Wiggums' chili and went off into a Carlos Castaneda-like trip, running into a talking Coyote (Johnny Cash) and later a talking dog who told Homer to find his soul-mate:

Dog: Find your soul-mate.
Homer: Wait a minute. Dogs don't talk!
Dog: Woof!
Homer: Damn straight!

I've definitely spent too much time watching the Simpsons.
What I missWoof the dog
Apr 24, 2001 8:56 AM
Yeah, thats a good one, friend. I like that. I should have put in my sign-off, as usual. I actually typed "Woof, the criterium dog" in, but then erased it. Guess what though...it all goes back to Simpsons, 'cause I put in "Ta Ta" thing that Mr. Burns says. Its all good.
Happy ridin'
Woof, the Simpson-obsessed dog
re: Ok....so please explain this....Billy Bob
Apr 24, 2001 6:44 AM
Yes you are so right. I have seen the light. I'll sell all my bikes this afternoon and take up beer drinking.
AAAAmen brotherscreamingbunny
Apr 25, 2001 3:12 AM
AAAAmen brother