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Hello...my name is Delia...and I'm addicted to biking.(15 posts)

Hello...my name is Delia...and I'm addicted to biking.Delia
Aug 13, 2001 1:47 PM
Just got my new bike last week (aluminum frame - dur ace / Ultegra components) and can I just tell you that it's one of the most beautiful things in the world. It's not so much that it is expensive or flashy it's just that it actually fits right, and shifts right, and goes fast and is exponentially better in all ways than my old one. It's crazy , but it makes me happy just thinking about it.

I quit the waitressing gig after 3 weeks because the tips weren't great and I was hardly biking at all. It didn't make sense to continue so I decided to put in more hours at my day job. So now I have I have a new bike ( by the way, it's really light too) and my weekends and weeknights back to actually ride it.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this strange bike-related euphoria with all y'all since non-bikers just look at me like I'm on crack when I talk to them about it.
Our 12-step program is a little different.Humma Hah
Aug 13, 2001 1:55 PM
Umm.. where is that list. Lets start from the top.

12. The most serious addicts do the Race Across America in under 9 days.

11. Brevet riders work up to about 1200 km.

10. RAAM wannabees like Dog do 509-mile desert ordeals.

9. Then there's the double-century crowd.

8. And MS-150 riders.

7. Beginning brevet riders start at 200k (about 124 miles)

6. Century riders.

5. Fifty-mile fun runs.

4. 25-mile fun runs.

3. People who quit a job to ride more.

2. People who begin riding regularly.

1. People who buy a bike, thinking it would be good for them.
So what is it?look271
Aug 13, 2001 1:56 PM
You know us; we need to know particulars, such as HOW light is it, what kind is it, etc. I know what you mean when you talk about a new bike to non-biking friends; they just stare and may say "you can spend a couple of hundred dollars on a nice bike, can't you?" You really don't want to tell them how much...they wouldn't understand! BTW, a picture please, preferably with you on it :-)
I think I'd need about 147 stepsDog
Aug 13, 2001 2:07 PM
I'm addicted. I, at times, want to quit or cut back, but can't. I think, "If I can't go faster, I'll go further." "If it's worth doing, it's worth over-doing." "More is better." aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!

Here's a joke for the cycling obsessed:

A cyclist was walking on campus one day when his friend, another cyclist, rode up on an shiny new Colnago C-40. The first cyclist was stunned and asked, "Where did you get such a nice bike?" The second cyclist replied, "Well, yesterday I was walking home, minding my own business, when Paola Pezzo rode up to me on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes, threw up her arms, and said, 'Take what you want!'"

The second cyclist nodded approvingly, "Good choice. The clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

:-)
What SIZE was the Colnago though? (nm)JohnnyA
Aug 13, 2001 2:17 PM
Great joke!mr tornado head
Aug 13, 2001 5:36 PM
Yeah, a bit sexist, but... I don't often LOL at the computer. Thanks, Dog!

I've only been at this for several years, and keep the "newest/fastest" monster caged for the most part, but just keep getting more "stuff"... like road tires for the MTB to use it for deliveries, and *admiring* how cool it looks now. Or insisting that we plan family visits around local centuries.

Geez, am I obsessed or what?

tornado head
I know what you meanlonefrontranger
Aug 13, 2001 2:28 PM
It's worse being female and bike-addicted, BTW. I'm lucky to live in Boulder and have some gals to hang out with who understand my weirdness and who can actually emphasize with the need to spend thousands on equipment.

Enjoy, and don't let anyone take the fun out of riding! I waitressed and bartended for some years back when I started racing. I quit when I realized that closing down the bar at 3AM really interferes with 8.00 start times!
More women cycling addicts?Spinchick
Aug 13, 2001 6:58 PM
All I can say is "Are any of you in New Jersey?" I am so dog-gone tired of having people look at me like I'm some kind of kook just because I wanted to sell my car, buy a far cheaper one (with no payments) and buy a $4,000 bike. My husband nearly tied me down just so I couldn't TEST RIDE the damn thing. I thought I was going to throw up when I had to walk away from it. Ahhh the lovely insanity of it all...
serious tests of cycling addiction:Dog
Aug 13, 2001 2:42 PM
Ok, you think you're addicted or obsessed? How many of you, now let's be perfectly honest, have seriously considered or done these types of things:

1. Moving so you could ride more (even to a different part of town)

2. Moving to a cheaper house to free up more cash for cycling

3. Moving to have a bigger garage for your bikes and bike stuff

4. Picking your spouse based upon whether he or she rides seriously

5. Go into work at 6 a.m. so you can leave in time to get a good ride in, nearly every day

6. Use more than 4 tires per month

7. Have boxes and boxes of parts you can no longer use, but think you might some day

8. Have different wheelsets to use depending upon the weather and terrain

9. Weigh your bike each time you make a change to it

10.Weigh each new part you buy, and compare your reading to the manufacturer's reported weight

11.Know at what heartrate you have climbed each hill within 100 miles of your home

12.Have visited the analyticcyling.com website nearly daily to redo calculations of weights and measurements and effects upon your speeds

13.Have more than 3 trainers in the garage

14.Have more than 15 cogsets and freewheels

15.Keep a magnet handy to tell if a part is really titanium

16.Have seriously (Delia) thought about changing jobs to free up time for riding

17.Buy bike things that remain in boxes for months just because you thought you might need it some day

18.Have about 10 spreadsheets to calculate gear ratios

I could go on, but it's not pretty...

Dog
serious tests of cycling addiction:Jon Billheimer
Aug 13, 2001 2:59 PM
God, I admire you guys!! But for other priorities and ignorance in my youth I have gotten a late start and will never be TRULY worthy. However, I'm about halfway up HH's list, but will never attain the exalted status of a Doug Sloan type addict.

But hey, enjoy your bicycle narcissism! I look lovingly and admiringly at my bike daily, visually approving of each upgrade, and mentally checking how many hours until my next ride. We really are the TRUE BELIEVERS and count ourselves truly blessed for our small obsessions. Spin on!
Not that bad, but...Atombomber
Aug 13, 2001 6:03 PM
Some things come close.

1, no, allready live in a cycle central part of town. Great for road and mountain.
2, no, payments are low enough. Cash side projects pay for bike related things.
3, no, home has a large inside workshop and plenty of space to store bikes and all items associated with.
4, yes
5, no, I schedule my days so that I can quit earlier to get a good post work ride in, instead.
6, no, that's a summer's worth.
7, yes
8, yes
9, no, but I do the 'Lift' test.
10, no, use posted weights as a guide. Don't believe everything though.
11, no, not all.
12, no, is there such a thing?
13, no, just one trainer in the basement.
14, no, only have 4, all still boxed. 2 for the XC MTB, 1 for the road, and one for the DH pig, and 5 new spare chains (don't ask why so many).
15, no&yes, handy is relative. I know where it is always.
16, no, already free time up enough.
17, yes
18, no. That's just plain waco!!
And I thought I was the only one......Len J
Aug 14, 2001 3:29 AM
who bought stuff just in case I might need it.
serious tests of cycling addiction:Duane Gran
Aug 14, 2001 5:36 AM
I relate to far too many of the things on this list. I will point out a few of the more quirky things that cycling has led me to do...

1) I held off on dating anyone until I found someone as crazy about cycling as I am.

2) My current workplace (contract) has flex time, which allows me to leave early enough in the winter to still ride about an hour each day.

3) In order to do #2 I must get up at 5:30 each morning

4) My most expensive shoes have shimano cleats on them. ;)

5) I own a bunch of a bike tools, but I don't have a hammer. Hm... maybe I need one, but I probably won't buy one until I find a use for it on the bike. Headset press?
sounds great!JohnG
Aug 13, 2001 9:24 PM
Congrats on the good feeling!

ride hard
JohnG
Welcome to the club.........Len J
Aug 14, 2001 3:28 AM
and remember, most addictions ruin your like, this one makes it better. and,

Bike lust never goes away. You're happy now, but wait till you see the..............(Fill in the blank).