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When is a newbie no longer a newbie?(15 posts)

When is a newbie no longer a newbie?ALLEN
Jun 20, 2001 10:19 PM
How does someone lose that "title". (Just wondering).
re: When is a newbie no longer a newbie?Dutchy
Jun 20, 2001 10:42 PM
I'd say anyone who manages to ride once a week for the whole year. Even if you don't ride fast or far if you can get out there and enjoy yourself, and maintain that for a year then you could probably drop the term "Newbie". I know friends who have bought bikes because they are envious of me and my brother riding. They never ride them. " I'ts too hot, cold, windy, hilly, whatever, there's always some excuse for them. These guys will always be newbies. CHEERS.
Some Rites of passagepeloton
Jun 20, 2001 10:58 PM
-Finishing your first century

-Watching the 'Tour' for the first time and thinking it's cool

-Riding in your first race

-Coming in last in a race

-Coming in first in a race

-Climbing your first mountain pass (Not a hill, a real mountain with vertical feet measured in thousands, and the route up in numerous miles)


-Learning how to wrench on your bike, and to do it well

-Shaving your legs

-Not feeling at all weird that you are a man who shaves his legs

-Figuring out a budget for new tires for the summer knowing you'll need quite a few

-Hitting 60mph for the first time

-Learing how to ride safely in a paceline

-Teaching someone else something about the sport of cycling

-Funky tan lines on your arms and legs from your cycling clothes

-Funky tan lines on your face and skull from sunglasses and helmet

-Riding for the sake of riding, and not caring if you are a 'Fred' or a 'Poser'

-Knowing who Eddy, the badger, Lance, and Fausto are

-Knowing no matter how much you ride, there will always be someone faster than you and places you haven't been
Some Rites of passagebadabill
Jun 21, 2001 7:13 AM
A great list. Any cyclo-junkie should see some of themself in it :-)
Don't let Bicycle Magazine see this listMeDotOrg
Jun 21, 2001 8:20 AM
...they'll plagarize it for their next issue...
Shaving the legsWil
Jun 21, 2001 10:59 AM
I guess I'll always be a newbie 'cause I don't see me ever shaving my legs. Question: WHY?!?
Shaving the legspeloton
Jun 21, 2001 11:24 AM
Massive areas of road rash. That's why. I had to scrub debris out of large areas of my leg and arm last season after I laid it down going 30mph. It's easier to clean a wound when there is no hair to interfere. It also feels a lot better to remove bandages from a shaved area than it does from one covered in hair. Anything that can lessen the pain of road rash is worth it to me.

Shows off the definition of your leg muscles better too, and shows your dedication. Easier to get a massage too if that applies.
Go to the Velonews forum on this onePaulCL
Jun 21, 2001 1:04 PM
There is a long thread on the benefits and negatives of shaving your legs. The overall consensus is (no surprise) to shave, but why?

You will crash and you will hurt more with hairy legs...and the number one reason to shave'em: Chicks dig it! (I borrowed that line from ColnagoFE). And he's right. Ask a few of the ladies on this board their opinion...OH Kristin, OH Delia...chime in here ladies.
Wife is a nurse......Len J
Jun 21, 2001 1:08 PM
and she believes that, while it may be easier to clean road rash on a shaven leg, healing on a shaved leg can result in ingrown hair, which she assures me is very painful. She has worked for 12 years in the ER & has seen this many times. FWIW.
Some Rites of passageGuido
Jun 21, 2001 1:38 PM
Hey, how do you get a road bike to go 60mph? I've been road riding 20 years. Once coming down off Mount Mitchell into L.A., I got up to 48mph on a long straight. As much as I tucked and flattened, the damn bike wouldn't go any faster. It tracked like a motorcycle, no vibrations, but it wouldn't go faster than 48mph. Again, on a half mile drop south of here, I could manage only 48mph. What do you do to go faster, attach weights?
when newer newbie comes alongJack S
Jun 21, 2001 6:32 AM
kinda like the NFG at the LBS
I assume that NFG means "New Friendly Guy" (nm)Len J
Jun 21, 2001 1:42 PM
You are always a newbie to someone........Len J
Jun 21, 2001 7:11 AM
and that's as it should be.

As you gain more experience, your knowledge & skills become better and better. However, you will always be "Chasing" someone.

I have been riding (off & on) for over 20 years & I feel like I am in pretty good shape, Better than most, weaker than some. Last night, I showed up for the normal Wed. night group ride only to discover that the other 4 participants were all Catagory 1 & 2 racers under 30 years old. I'm 45, and hardly a racer. Humility is a sour pill. I spent 40 miles Hangin on. The worst part, was that I am (was) sure that they were going at 80% (while I was struggling at about (what felt like) 95%. The best part was spending the cool down last 1/2 hour mining thier training experience to learn what I could about going harder, longer. That and learning that I could push myself harder than I thought. I WAS A NEWBIE, in some respects, relative to my riding partners. The other side of this was that one of them, who is a pure Masher, spent time after the ride questioning me on how I had learned to be a spinner, what kind of workouts helped, etc. So in some ways, he was a newbie.

To me, a big part of the sport is learning. Anytime you can "Be a Newbie" by admitting what you don't know, you open yourself to learn. I would much rather be a Newbie like this than a Poser who pretends to Know it all.

My .02.
Well said, Len J! Totally agree with your philosophy. (nm)RhodyRider
Jun 21, 2001 10:19 AM
excellent post (nm)Hank
Jun 21, 2001 1:31 PM