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how long have you been riding?(19 posts)

how long have you been riding?pollster
Jul 23, 2001 5:24 AM
this is my first year; I started in Aprilcracker1972
Jul 23, 2001 5:29 AM
Since I was young!!Cima Coppi
Jul 23, 2001 6:05 AM
Started racing BMX at age 9, then switched to road when I was inspired by the movies Breaking Away and American Flyers. That was about 1985.

American Flyers!Mabero
Jul 23, 2001 6:42 AM
I just saw that movie a month or so gets me pumped plus it is funny to see how the equipment has changed so much! My friend and I always make references to that movie as we gets pretty funny which you could imagine.

ps. I started riding last August but I started mountain biking 3 years ago before that.
American Flyers! QuestionRhodyRider
Jul 23, 2001 8:00 AM
I've seen this movie literally dozens of times, and I love it too, but I can't for the life of me remember the wording of the latin phrase they use that means "once you've got it up, keep it up" or something to that effect. Do you know the latin? (I make constant references to this movie to a friend of mine who hasn't seen it, so I've gotta rent it for him or force him to rent it. "Pump, Dave"..."Hold your line, Summers!"..."You go get him, gyendo" or whatever it is the Russian guy says to Muzzin.)
I can't remember...damn!Mabero
Jul 23, 2001 8:43 AM
My friend and I always do the infamous, "You had your chance Summers!" That's usually when we battle up hills...

And of course whenever we are drafting off of each other we of course do the lines, "You see Belli, I'm behind you, but actually I am two seconds ahead of you..."

Great movie...I just got to go and buy it.
you dumbell!nm
Jul 23, 2001 8:50 AM
No prob, Mabero. Want you to know that other post wasn't me (nmRhodyRider
Jul 23, 2001 9:01 AM
Jul 24, 2001 6:16 AM
Shinto philosophy teaches you to accept life as a seasonal occupation.
Another one...What was the Dog's name?biknben
Jul 23, 2001 7:53 PM
You remember, the one that chased them down the road. This may be easy for some of you but I can't remember it at the moment. I know they made a big deal about it during the movie.
Jul 24, 2001 6:15 AM
he's a real mean son of a b!tch
Since October 1963...MrCelloBoy
Jul 23, 2001 6:24 AM
getting pushed along by my dad on a dirt oval in a park in Florence, Italy. I'll never forget the sensation of freedom upon realizing he'd let go and I was riding by myself.
33 years, with a 15-year break in the middle...cory
Jul 23, 2001 7:51 AM
Not counting kid stuff, I started when I got out of the Army in 1968 at age 23--bought a Peugeot U0-8 for $125 ("How can you spend A HUNDRED BUCKS ON A BIKE?!") and rode it semi-seriously while I was going to college. I started running in 1974 and didn't ride much until my knees blew up in the late '80s. Got a cheap mountain bike about 1988 or '89, which led to a cheap road bike, then a better mountain bike and a better road bike, and then . . .
re: how long have you been riding?VW
Jul 23, 2001 9:03 AM
At 11 years old, I disobeyed my parents and bought my first used bike. They threatened to throw my bike away, but they didn't. My parents didn't want me to ride a bike because they thought biking was too dangerous. My visiting relatives all told me that I will kill myself riding a bike. When I was 16, I met a few real cyclists in high school, and I was introduced to riding centuries. I bought a Windsor bike with full Campagnolo and completed three centuries that year (1976). But then I got into cars and rode only a couple of times since 1977. My bike was stolen from my own garage, and I didn't even missed it.

I'm now married and have three kids. In the beginning of this year, I thought I go bike riding with my 10 year old daughter so that we can spend some quality time together. I bought a used mountain bike. But I found myself doing a lot of riding by myself. I even completed two 100Km this year ... 25 years since my last century ride. I just bought a nice used Trek 5000 OCLV. I'm already signed up for one more 100Km, and planning to ride two others (maybe 100 milers) this year. I have alot of catching-up to do!

I have all five century patches in a picture frame hanging on my wall, and I stop to look at them every time I passed by. I also watched and recorded Giro d'Italia and Tour de France on OLN. I can't wait to read the next issue of Bicycling.

Happy biking!
How long have you been riding?TommyBoy
Jul 23, 2001 9:19 AM
I've been riding off and on for 20 years. I rode BMX when I was a kid, then got into road riding as a young teenager when my mother won a Raleigh with a great Brooks saddle. I had to grow into it, but I thought it was the coolest thing on Earth. Then when I got my driver's license, cycling went right out the window. I started mountain biking in college (about 10-12 years ago). When I got way to busy with job and grad school to get out of the city (Chicago) in order to ride off road, I got back into road riding. Now I'm hooked again!
43 years, but ...Humma Hah
Jul 23, 2001 5:44 PM
... About 20 of that I maybe averaged 12-20 miles per year. I've probably ridden as much in the last two weeks as I did in those two decades!
15 buts...biknben
Jul 23, 2001 7:48 PM
Beat the crap out of a Ross ten speed for a couple years. Some of you retro boys may remember this one. It had a fixed cog on the hub and a freewheel at the cranks. Didn't have to pedal to shift. Hey I was only 10 or 11 at the time.

Anyway, got my first ROAD bike at 14. A Fuji Palasade. Cost me $310 (well I think I put in $100 of saved allowances). It was the first year SIS and hidden brake cables trickled down to the lower end bikes. It's still in my parent's basement. Flat tires and dusty but ready to go I'm sure.
1yr, 2mo and 1 day (nm)Elena
Jul 23, 2001 8:13 PM
re: how long have you been riding?Lardog
Jul 24, 2001 9:38 AM
Well, started BMX racing when I was about 8, that was 26 years ago. Took a break and in the early 80s got into mountain bike riding. Took another little mini break and have been on the road for about 8.