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Why do u guys like Road Biking?(18 posts)

Why do u guys like Road Biking?GTrider215
Jul 9, 2001 9:55 PM
just wondering. why you peeps like road biking and what you enjoy bout it. i like goign fast and not being lazy.
re: Why do u guys like Road Biking?ALLEN
Jul 9, 2001 10:40 PM
Like you, I like going fast & not being lazy.

-It's a "rare" sport... not many people ride road bikes. I'm fortunate that I found cycling.
-Good People...every roadie that Iv'e met has had a very friendly personality.
-I learn something new every day.
-I want my legs to look like Armstrong's!

A simple, yet good topic.
Cuz the trail is wet...WadeOmatic
Jul 9, 2001 11:02 PM
I started on the road in '86. I went to the woods in '88. I've had some "off" years but I've always loved cycling. I've been back into it pretty serious since '97 (Ti hardtail) and now a high-end FS dirt ride. I'm getting a custom-shop steel road bike in the next week or so.

I love the trails-speed, how-in-heil-did-I-ride-that technical stuff, and solitude. I like the road-more speed, no mess, focus on being-a-better-cyclist technique, and it dries out rather quickly.

On the trail more than a few is a crowd. On the road I like to ride with large groups.

It's all power to the pedal.
It's all good...Akirasho
Jul 10, 2001 12:43 AM
I love cycling PERIOD! Road cycling is the most accessable in my area... and safest at my age!

I don't have quite the patience to clean and maintain a MTB like I used to... I'd never walk again after my first crash on a BMX... The nearest Velodrome is 2 hours away... a unicycle would require real talent...

Still, I like the open road... the speed that comes from burning carbohydrates rather than hydrocarbons... the tech involved in attaining and maintaining said speed (especially them TT's... why would I love somethin' that hurt soooo much??)... the relative commune with nature... enhanced senses... knowing that it beats sittin' on the couch with a six pac, chips, remote and watchin' "Regis".

Be the bike.
Why I like Road Biking...(ACE)
Jul 10, 2001 12:45 AM
Primarily because it's almost impossible to think about problems and personal difficulties when your lungs and legs are pumping like crazy to go as fast as you can, to climb the next hill, to bomb the downhills at speeds that might just kill you if you go down. Mountain bike rides do much the same, but I also spend way too much time worrying about staying upright over the rocks, roots etc.
'cause it's cheaper than a motorcycle...and you lose weight...dustin73
Jul 10, 2001 12:49 AM
re: Why do u guys like Road Biking?Peter E
Jul 10, 2001 2:08 AM
I like it because of the thrill of going real fast and still feal that you arent working to hard. Other reasons is partly the "forget everything else" reason, even if i find it to be stronger in MTB.
Actually i also like to "torture" my body
re: Why do u guys like Road Biking?davidl
Jul 10, 2001 5:31 AM
I rode back in the 70's when jerseys were wool and cleats were tied down by straps to the pedals and you shifted on the downtube. For bad reasons I quit about 1990. I started up again last winter. I had forgotten how much I liked riding. I can't believe I had quit.

I like going as fast and as hard as I can - it's satisfying to realize how far you've gone. I really like the speed. It's fun to outrun dogs and catch (slow) cars. I like getting back in shape almost without realizing it. I like the equipment [ even Shimano!] - I like the way it sounds - I like working on the bike. It's amazing how something so simple and elegant has been around so long works so well. I can't think of anything I don't like about it.
Gets me in a good 'zone'PingPong
Jul 10, 2001 6:46 AM
Last night I went out riding. First 30 minutes were tough, I felt a bit disheartened. Next hour was better as I focused on the task in hand, but still rather un pleasant. The last 40 minutes or so were superb as I started to crank up the speed on the homeward leg. By the time I got home I felt fantastic.

After a miserable start I returned home in a great mood, feeling really good about myself. This buzz is still there the next day at work, all I have to do is tense my legs an feel the burn in them! This is why I love it.
re: Why do u guys like Road Biking?Berm
Jul 10, 2001 9:32 AM
It clears my head and no matter the mood I am in before the ride, I feel great upon returning home. I also love the sense of accomplishment when conquering the hills and the speed when descending. In sum, I am truly at peace with myself when I ride.
Easy for "the ride"grandemamou
Jul 10, 2001 10:17 AM
You know what I'm talking about "the ride". It sometimes comes in a race, tour, or a training ride and you never know when it will happen. But when it does, it is sweet. You know the feeling when you can push at least one bigger gear than you normally do and it's effortless. You are oblivious to the world around you, just you and your trusty steed against the world. It kind of feels like you are ten again when you dusted your buddies racing around the block.

I'll admit it I'm hooked but hey it's still cheaper than a crack habit.
It's cool man...Lazy
Jul 10, 2001 10:41 AM
-I love the look on peoples faces when you tell them you rode 40 miles and that it was no big deal. Even better for longer distances.

-It's fun.

-The idea of traveling so far under your own power is pretty cool.

-You get to own a road bike, the (IMO) prettiest piece of functional art known to man.

-It's a great way to see your surroundings.

-Very invigorating. Good way to relieve stress.

-I've met some really cool people on my bike.

-If I wasn't a roadie, I couldn't hang out on this board. Then what would I do all day at work?
Gives me a reason to shave my legs. (nm)CDC
Jul 10, 2001 12:05 PM
nm
I don't. I'm an injured runner.ET
Jul 10, 2001 12:18 PM
Well, maybe I'm starting to like it. Just a wee little bit. :-)
Need for Speedgrz mnky
Jul 10, 2001 12:46 PM
That, plus a dab of masochism when climbing. Kinda hooked into the rush while I'm doing it and then the post ride stoke.

Actually, I find my full suspension MTB to be a bit more thrilling. Plus, dirt tastes way better than pavement.

Ultimately it's the zen time/speed/distance thing - I'm into anything that moves (I suck at ball sports) and requires physical exertion with a minimal reliance on internal combustion engines: sailing, skiing, rowing, surfing, kayaking, wave sailing, road bike, MTB, etc. Sure jet skis, water skiing, motor cycles and cars are a blast, but I'm philosophically opposed to having to burn gasoline for recreation.
re: Why do u guys like Road Biking?Haiku d'état
Jul 10, 2001 1:46 PM
* getting from here to there and back under leg-power

* the physical exercise and changes in my body and abilities

* (as mentioned) the unique nature of road riding these days

* working hard to go faster, bonking, going faster the next ride

* chicks dig chiseled legs (non-pc response)

* chicks dig scars (non-pc response)

* i like bikes--cruisers, mtbs, touring bikes, road "flyers"

* events: my wife says "186 miles?!? You'll DIE!"

* events: my wife (again)..."do the best you can, but don't hurt yourself. remember, 99% of other folks wouldn't even consider TRYING that." (i'm more valuable as a functional daddy than injured and in traction. i have a propensity for injuries that inhibit walking.)

* bringing bikes back to life. again, my wife, about my most recent project bike: "you spent five dollars on THAT?!?" (incredulous and disgusted)

* not mechanically inclined with other stuff, but i'm learning with a garage full of bikes, from old rust-covered klunkers to this year's aluminum steed

* i'm a quantitative kinda guy. like to log my miles, speeds, averages, weight, like to massage the numbers and look at calories burned, blah blah blah blah blah

* agree with lazy: a beautiful, artistic machine that happens to be very efficient! find myself spending half hour or more just sitting there, staring.

scores of other reasons.
re: Why do u guys like Road Biking?BQ
Jul 10, 2001 6:48 PM
A simple question with complex answers...

For me, it's because biking makes everything seem different. It's a combination of small things that keeps me on the bike, some pleasant, some less so, all different, all vivid, all etched in my mind.

How many times have you ridden in the summer heat and felt the sting of sweat dripping into your eyes? Or felt refreshed by something as simple as a couple of squirts from the water bottle, even when the water is warm? When you ride, to you ever get into a place, mentally, where time no longer makes sense, where a two hour ride feels like 30 minutes? What about the lift you get looking down at the computer, finding you're moving a lot faster than you expected? Or how about gasping for air as you fight a hill because, darn it, you will not let that hill beat you?

Nature gets credit, too. There's something special about spotting deer in a corn field at 6am, or coming up fast on ground hogs sunning themselves by the side of the road, or racing chipmonks, squirrels and dogs. Even roadkill plays a part. Have you ever watched buzzards work over a rabbit that didn't make it across the road? And what about bees, beetles, grasshoppers and other insects that bounce off of your bike, your shirt, or wind up in your mouth?

As I said, it's not any one thing. It's lots of little things that let you know you're alive.
Cycling = The ultimate convertible (top down) transport (nm)Dutchy
Jul 10, 2001 7:40 PM