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Hello. My name is A. and I am a bicycle addict.(18 posts)

Hello. My name is A. and I am a bicycle addict.Ahimsa
Apr 23, 2002 6:31 PM
"Hi A!"

When I'm not riding them I read about them. When I can't read about them I chat about them. When I don't feel like chatting about them I just look up pictures of them and stare. I lie awake at night dreaming up possible bikes I could build. I ride the long way home even when I need to be somewhere and will be late because of it. I sniff new tires. I fondle hubs.

I have hit rock bottom. I need help.

So I am here. BAA. Bicycle Addicts Anonymous.

Maybe I should just go back to heavy drinking instead.


Like going to a bar to announce you have a drinking problem (NM)Me Dot Org
Apr 23, 2002 7:32 PM
Like going to a bar to announce you have a drinking problem (NM)rwbadley
Apr 23, 2002 8:00 PM
Apt analogy.
Unless you have a bike for every possible occasion, and every day of the week, You're a rookie
Apr 23, 2002 7:59 PM
You bring up an interesting topic that I've thought about often. My addiction I believe goes back to when I was in grade school. I vividly remember the joy of running across some older guys and getting to ride a "big kids" bike on an oval dirt track that they had made. The next day was pure misery for me as I anxiously watched the clock for school to be over so that I could go back and take another spin. Unfortunately, when I returned to the place that evening there was no one to be found. I don't think I was truly mollified until in my junior year of high school I purchased a 1973 Motobecane Grand Record and armed with Eugene Sloan's Book of Bicycling proceeded to tear it down to the sum of its parts after many a long ride. Many years intervened sans bike for me but it took only one ride again in my thirties to bring back the addiction. How can I possibly explain to the normal person the feeling I get looking at the beauty of a Syncros Ti post or the lines of a gracefully curving chainstay? And what will I do now that I've read this month's copy of Cycle Sport Magazine for the third time?
Quick RBR Poll: Would you rather...Slipstream
Apr 24, 2002 4:29 AM
Select 5 items below (or add your own) and order them by preferred activity: (extra points for activities done simultaneously & creativity)

1. drinking
2. partying
3. trolling & flaming
4. cycling
5. sex
6. drugs
7. working
8. reading RBR posts

Now list them in order of how you actually spend your time.

8, 7, 4, 1, 5, n/a, n/a, n/a (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Apr 24, 2002 6:08 AM
Quick RBR Poll: Would you rather...PaulCL
Apr 24, 2002 6:10 AM
1. Sex
2. Sex while cycling
3. cycling
4. Sex after cycling
5. Sex before cycling

How's that. OK that's the fantasy list, now the real one..

1. Work
2. Sleeping
3. Reading RBR
4. Cycling
5. Sex

...just proves I'm married
Apr 24, 2002 9:01 AM
Where is the next meeting? (nm)Sharky
Apr 24, 2002 1:57 AM
why do you need help?colker
Apr 24, 2002 3:17 AM
what's wrong? isn't it normal?
Thank you for sharingdzrider
Apr 24, 2002 5:23 AM
As one who's cross-addicted - exercise and eating - I can relate to your plight. I'm grateful that alcohol has yet to be an issue for me. When you come to believe that your powerless over bikes and you life has become unmanageable, you'll be ready for step 2.
Your preach'n to the choir!!! (nm)Dave Hickey
Apr 24, 2002 8:01 AM
(Ride) One Day at a Time, baby. (nm)rideslikeagirl
Apr 24, 2002 8:58 AM
Why men do it.mikebikr
Apr 24, 2002 9:07 AM
Women I can't figure.

Men are addictive by nature. However I'd rather think of it as the ability to focus . Men have a difficult time juggling more that 1 or 2 things at any one time. Some focus on work and excel. Some on drink and they become alchohalics. Some drugs...addicts. Some women...womanizers.
Some bikes...cyclists!

So's probably the lesser of many evils.
Why men do it.Spinchick
Apr 24, 2002 10:19 AM
I guess some women are adrenaline junkies too :-).
Gimmee a breakPaulCL
Apr 24, 2002 10:29 AM
"Men have a difficult time juggling more that 1 or 2 things at any one time."

I've heard this load of BS from women for years, but I never thought I'd hear it from a guy. Jeez. My wife has thrown that one at me for years - tongue in cheek. My experience is that guys (husbands) try to get away with as much as possible - like not cleaning, not cooking, not tending to the kids. The women (wives) still holding onto that "mommy must do all" feeling instilled into them by their 'stay at home' mothers, throw there hands up and let the guys get away with it. My sister/brother in law is a great example: she never let him get up with the babies in the middle of the night, never asked him to help in the kitchen, never asked him to help do anything. Then he's suddenly labeled as unable to walk and chew gum at the same time. It's HER fault, not his. More power to him. He pulled the wool over her eyes. She complains now, but after 15 years, its' too damn late. He can do it all, but now doesn't have to do any.

I don't like doing any of the housework (hey, I'm normal) but I do a lot of it anyway. My wife just came back from a 7 day conference in LA leaving me with three kids alone. I handled it just fine. I can juggle. She, on the other hand, will immediately call her mother to help if I have to leave for more than two days.

OK, off my soapbox. This one is a big topic with my wife and female in-laws. It's just one of those things that I personally find insulting and it pisses me off. Referring to woman as "swiss army knives" and men as "meat cleavers" is just so ridiculous. End of Rant. Peace. Paul
Yikes. Didn't mean to incite a riot.mikebikr
Apr 29, 2002 5:53 AM
May I repharse? Men typically focus better than women on narrow tasks, but many men can multitask with the best of them.

I also share in the housework/childrearing and find it insulting when I round up the neighborhood kids to take them to the park (4 kids 2 of mine) and the other mothers get nervous. "What your wife isn't going?" Yes I can handle 4 kids for a couple of hours. Don't panic.

Interesting. Never heard the swiss army knife/meat cleaver anaolgy before.
Ummmm ...there's a problem with that ? nmGreenFan
Apr 24, 2002 4:16 PM