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Do you suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome?(17 posts)

Do you suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome?DINOSAUR
Feb 24, 2002 7:22 AM
My wife accused me of being a Peter Pan as I'm a little boy who never grew up when it comes to cycling. Actually I think the little lady is right, does anyone else out there suffer from this syndrome?
re: Why yes, I sometimes feel like Mary Martin...Akirasho
Feb 24, 2002 7:39 AM


In my case, calling it Peter Pan Syndrome is just being kind... many think I'm just plain nutz.

I spent a goodly part of my early adult life looking out for the benefit and good of others at the sacrifice of my own needs and interests... now I'm a somewhat selfish little brat when it comes to cycling (my clothes dryer broke down almost 6 months ago... before I bought a new one (just last week), I'd purchased one new bike and several accessories). My logic was... I can always hang the clothes up to dry, but this is too good a cycling deal to pass up!

And, after all, cycling has got to be as close to flying as one can get while still being earthbound...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Flying...DINOSAUR
Feb 24, 2002 10:54 AM
It never seems to stop amazing me that everytime I'm descending on some back country road, that it's just so much plain fun. Cycling is like flying..

I also spent a lot of years with a career and family and stopped cycling for about ten years because of other obligations and rediscovered it upon retirement. I don't feel guilty with my little obsession, not anyway whatsoever. I figure that I earned it....
re: Do you suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome?look271
Feb 24, 2002 8:04 AM
Honestly, I think that we all do. If we don't, we miss alot in life. We need to listen to our "inner child" sometimes; it's when we can't recognise that we have adult responsibilities that we get into trouble (alot of that going on in society today, but I digress......)
re: Do you suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome?MISTERendo2U
Feb 24, 2002 8:38 AM
Yeah now how do I get in touch with that inner adult?
re: Do you suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome?harlett
Feb 24, 2002 12:13 PM
whether on my bike at thirteen or my current road bike..the feelings of moving through the day on a bike remains the same-- i think it is less being like a child and more the feelings that bicycling itself gives you-- it does capture feelings we had when young but no more than the warmth of a hug or the openness of our minds-- and then, of course, there is all that pixie dust that still surrounds us--

"You just have to think nice magical thoughts" -explained Peter.
"And they will lift you into the air"
Dumbocydswipe
Feb 24, 2002 9:19 AM
Actually, my wife says instead of acting like Peter Pan, I look like Dumbo when my fat a$$ hits my bike seat. HA!
No Dumbo...DINOSAUR
Feb 24, 2002 11:13 AM
I'm a big guy too, I tell everyone I weigh around 210, but it's more like 230. I was in my LBS last week talking to the owner about having my new bike built up. We were discussing wheels and I told him I wanted to go with a 36 spoke count rear rim. I told him I was hard on wheels. He is a big guy also, and I thought he weighed about the same as me. He said that he weighed 250 and had no problems with a 32 rim and my mouth literally dropped. No way this guy looks like he weighs 250 and he does some very serious riding. He is as solid as a rock. I have a little roll around my middle that I need to work on, but otherwise I'm in good shape for my age. I'm not going to worry about what I weigh anymore, big guys can ride also and some are very good riders. The hardest thing for me to come to grips with was hauling my big ass up some hill after spending years of training with weights and to have some whippet guy or gal go cruising by me about 2MPH faster and eventually drop out of site. But if I hone in on them and catch them on the flats I can overtake them. The problem is there is very little flat land where I live. I just learned to take cycling for what it is for me and run with it...
Dino--about those 32-spoke wheels...cory
Feb 25, 2002 8:04 AM
We're about the same size (though you're MUCH older...about 18 months), and I let my LBS guy talk me into 32-spoke wheels last year. He's a former US Cycling Team mechanic and knows his stuff, but he's used to working with riders who weigh 147 in February. The wheels stayed true and worked fine until the spokes started pulling out of the alloy nipples. I had asked him to use brass, but he said aluminum would be plenty and built them that way. After the fourth one yanked itself loose, I took the rear back and he rebuilt it with brass nips. No trouble since then, though I haven't done a lot of miles.
Dino--about those 32-spoke wheels...DINOSAUR
Feb 25, 2002 10:17 AM
We had a little discussion about the wheel build (and a long conversation about the building of the bike). He said if I wanted he would use brass nipples. I think I shall, thanks for the input!
Pinnochio - but my nose hasn't grown.Spinchick
Feb 24, 2002 10:52 AM
I often lie about my age. Well, okay it's not really a lie but my response to being asked my age is: "I've been 17 for about 20 years now." Most of the time, I feel more like 17 than 37. Thankfully, I have gained widsom in these last 20 years that make me a fairly "mature" 17 year old. ;-)
Look at it this way...DINOSAUR
Feb 24, 2002 11:19 AM
When you get to be my age (59) and people ask you how old you are, you have to stop and think and do a little addtion in your head. Because your memory sucks!
Good thing for you -Spinchick
Feb 24, 2002 11:51 AM
superheroes never age. Now if you can just remember where you put your cape :-).
I think my wife used it for a dust rag NMDINOSAUR
Feb 24, 2002 2:01 PM
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Staying involved in cycling..Lone Gunman
Feb 24, 2002 11:23 AM
Allows, permits, me to not grow up for a few hours. I am a youngster again riding equipment I only dreamed of owning when I was that age (12-17) when I would pour over the pages of a bicycling magazine for hours, scheming how I could come up with enough paper route money to buy a newer bike, or somehow manage to ride or catch a ride to the LBS and lust over the latest Schwinn or Fuji or Kabuki? or Bridgestone or Raleigh or Concorde or.....
Bunch of 50-year-olds climbing fences and sneaking aroundcory
Feb 25, 2002 8:13 AM
I ride with a bunch of guys all within a few years of my age, from about 51-59. Got two doctors, a fire chief, a judge, an engineer--all solid, late-middle-aged respectable members of the community, with the kinds of bikes those guys can afford. Last fall we headed from Reno to Mt. Rose, a 9000+ foot summit. The detour we've used for years to miss the highway was closed, fenced off, with a big subdivision going up behind the gates. We looked all around, then handed the bikes over the fence and either climbed over or wriggled under ourselves, planning to cut across the new tract and pick up the road on the other side. About the time the last guy got over, up rolls a black and white with a 14-year-old sheriff's deputy inside, called by the builder who saw "some kids on bikes sneaking in." He decided to let us off with a warning ("Your honor, don't be climbing over fences with your bike, OK?").
re: Do you suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome?guido
Feb 25, 2002 1:27 PM
Big time. For one thing, I look like Peter Pan, in tights and helmet, riding my road bikes at a good clip, an exagerrated sense of speed created by high cadence, like a butterfly flicking off pixie dust.

And then of course there is Ashley Montague with his concept of "neoteny," the advantage of retaining childhood attitudes into adulthood: the sense of wonder, invention, humor, creativity, adventure, all active in childhood and repressed by the responsibilities of adult survival.

Montague argues that the child part of personality is what keeps the spirits alive. Without that, depression sets in and life loses it's meaning. Cycling, hiking in the woods, vacationing in Tahiti, are all ways to keep the child alive.

We're a lucky bunch, eh?