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An Arrogant S.O.B.(13 posts)

An Arrogant S.O.B.SSA
Jul 9, 2001 12:49 PM
Sometimes I just don't understand people.

This last weekend I finished the annual Seattle To Portland ride (basically a double century) in one day. I have no problem saying that's quite an achievment for me. Just last fall I was still at a level of fitness where I thought a 50 mile week was good. And that included commuting, errands, road rides and mountain bike rides. My buddy Dean got me more interested in road riding (I've always been primarily a mt. biker) and we started doing a lot of it starting in February. I had never done any rides over 50 miles, period. Before the STP I had only one century ride under my belt.

Any way, after the ride my buddy Dean, my best friend Nate and I all went to a nice greasy-burger-joint to chow down. While I was getting my drink cup filled up, I saw a man wearing bike shorts and a jersey. I asked him "So, did you do the STP today too?" He replied "Yeah, you did it too?" There was a definite flavor of doubt in his tone. I said "Yeah, my buddy Dean over there and I did it." A short while later I realized I had forgotten to get some napkins (as usual) so I walked up front to get some. When I sat back down at our table, Nate informed me that he overheard that guy telling his wife and kids "He didn't really do it." Nate said to him "No, really, he rode it. I just picked them up at the finish line."

It didn't really bother me at the time. I also found out later that the main reason he didn't believe us was because we weren't still wearing our cycling clothes. After I thought about it, though, it started to torque me off that he didn't believe me. I thought to myself "I didn't just ride 200 miles for someone to tell me I didn't!" It's not that big of a deal and maybe I shouldn't be bothered by it at all, but what inspires people to say such ignorant nonsense?

Oh well, I had a blast doing the STP. It was a very well supported ride and I thank everyone involved with it. I especially appreciate the guys from REI who fixed my wheel after I broke a spoke on mile 155. You rule!

- Gavin
re: An Arrogant S.O.B.grz mnky
Jul 9, 2001 12:57 PM
Hey, sounds like the guy is just a bit insecure to boot.

I find it helps to remember that you're doing it primarily for yourself. Still, it's annoying when people think you're a liar.
It's not about you.........Len J
Jul 9, 2001 12:59 PM
His doubt is more about him than you. My experience with things like this is that his attitude says more about his own ego/insecurities than you. Let it go.

Only you can let another's attitude affect you. Instead of worrying about what some yahoo thinks......I say Congratulations. Being able to do a double century after two years of Road riding is amazing. (Being able to do 200 miles at all is amazing). So just enjoy the accomplishment.
just a fredpeloton
Jul 9, 2001 1:02 PM
Anyone who would wear their bike clothes to get something to eat after doing 200 miles I have to wonder about. After a ride like that, getting out of your stinky, wet, digusting clothes should be priority numero uno. If not for your own comfort, for that of those who have to breath the air around your still cycling attired persona.

The guy you met was insecure, don't worry about it. At least you had the sense to get out of your cycling shorts before a serious rash or saddle sore set in.
Look at what the pro riders doSpokeman
Jul 9, 2001 1:20 PM
You ever notice that most of the time they ride straight from the finish to the bus and change?

There are always those that feel they need to "advertise" the fact that they have done a century or other organised event by wearing their stinky, skanky clothes in public. I guess it makes them feel special. I think they look like idiots.

You my friend are doing it the right way. Cycling clothes belong on you while riding, not when you are sitting the local choke and puke.

Look at what the pro riders doatomba
Jul 10, 2001 1:54 PM
Yeah, like the dorks that wear a bazillion lift tickets on their jacket or ski pants or boots after skiing/riding.
That is not uncommon......STEELYeyed
Jul 9, 2001 2:40 PM
Saturday while on a ride around a local lake,I encountered alot of riders, some faster,some slower than me,when I caught up with an overweight young woman on bike, as I came around to pass her and say hi,she gave me a dirty look and screamed out "At least there's one person you can pass,a$$hole". She seemed truley offended that I passed her,her ego bruised and her spirit broken,not saying a word,I cruised on to let her stew in her own misery. Sometimes it's hard to keep a stiff upper lip,but content of character,and respect for your own accomplishments is its own reward.
Don't speak to strangersdavidl
Jul 9, 2001 2:44 PM
wearing bike duds in burger joints with wife and kids - did he still have his cleats and helmet, too ? I can see his bike leaning up against the table now. That's like the grown men spectators at pga golf tournaments who wear their golf shoes. Way too dorky for social interaction - beware!!
There's a reason for the golf shoesnutmegger
Jul 9, 2001 6:03 PM
When it rains on a golf course, particularly one with elevation changes, the grass gets slippery. The spikes give you traction and prevent you from falling down. It's the people in the know who wear the golf spikes. As for wearing the bike duds to the restaurant, no argument from me.
re: An Arrogant S.O.B.SSA
Jul 9, 2001 3:44 PM
Yeah, you all have great points. I've actually already forgotten about it, in fact I almost forgot to check for replys to my post! ;-)

In the end, I think the only negative thing about the whole situation is that I feel sorry for this guy's children. What a lame example to set for your kids.

Over all I had a REALLY good time! :-)
People are a problem.Largo
Jul 9, 2001 5:54 PM
another, you know you are biker when...Spiderman
Jul 9, 2001 6:33 PM
you know you are a biker when you use the saying something "torques me off." not that thats a bad thing
Re: another, you know you are biker when...SSA
Jul 10, 2001 9:36 AM
Heh heh! Yeah, guilty as charged.