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Is cycling your identity?(37 posts)

Is cycling your identity?DougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 7:38 AM
Do you think of yourself first as a cyclist, bike racer, health nut, anything like that? Do all of your friends think of you as the "bike racer?" Do people ask you first about your riding when they talk to you? Is that how you define yourself?

If so, are you ok with that?
Without a doubt, yes.Dave Hickey
Apr 26, 2002 7:50 AM
Most of the people I meet know me as a cyclist. My friends, family and co-workers are amazed that an "old Guy"(44) rides as many miles as I do.
Apr 26, 2002 8:04 AM
I tend to compartmentalize. Cycling is part of my identity, and very important to me, but it's not the whole deal.
compartmentalize, yepSlipstream
Apr 26, 2002 8:27 AM
I heard this is a male thing. But that's what I do as well.

How do others see me? It depends on the context--back to compartmentalization. I have found that people who are not into cycling get pretty bored after a couple of minutes so I just curb it.
that's why most of us visit this board, right?gtx
Apr 26, 2002 8:41 AM
so we don't bore others with endless bike drivel...
hit it on the headgrandemamou
Apr 26, 2002 8:51 AM
Tell one of my non biking friends that I just got back from an 80mi ride and the question is "why?" and "are you crazy?" The answer is, because I want to and I can and no I don't fit the text book definition of a crazy guy.
Nope. Father first, cyclist about third or fourth...retro
Apr 26, 2002 8:08 AM
If I can just get up on my soapbox here for a second, if you have kids and DON'T identify yourself first as a father, you probably should have gone for the vasectomy a lot earlier.
That's a given.......Dave Hickey
Apr 26, 2002 8:16 AM
When I replied to Dougs post, I was referring to what other people say about me. As an example, I had a client take me out to dinner last night. When he picked me up, the first thing he said was " I always see you riding your bike" . My wife and kids always come first. I adjust my cycling around their schedules.
Apr 26, 2002 1:52 PM
I'm one of the guys that my co-workers think are nuts for riding to work, going on "OMG a 25 mile bike ride??!"(100 miles is just unthinkable to them) However, NOTHING is as important to me as my kids and my wife. My riding is built around when I can ride that it doesn't interfere too much with our family life.
a slice of the piejc66502
Apr 26, 2002 8:37 AM
Cycling is not my "identity". It's merely a component of the je ne sais quoi that makes me me.

I'm also a .... husband to a beautiful wife.
.... daddy to three chinese pugs.
.... brother and son.
.... disenfranchized democrat.
.... cop.
.... mountain biker.

I would say that my identity makes me a cyclist. Not the other way around.

Good topic. Especially coming from an attorney!
re: Is cycling your identity?grandemamou
Apr 26, 2002 8:46 AM
It's not my identity but it is an important part of who I am. I live in a small town now and I think most people know me as the "crazy" guy who rides his bike all the time.

I had a kid roll up to my house as I was headed out for a ride. She said "mister are you the guy who knows about bikes?" I said I guess so. She showed me her bike and her brakes were poorly adjusted. I fixed them and while I was at it adjusted and lubed her drive train. She said thanks and rode off. I've never seen her before or since.

I guess that makes me the bike guy.
re: Is cycling your identity?StmbtDave
Apr 26, 2002 8:54 AM
It must be how we dress. I was approached by a mtb rider on the road in Colorado Monument and he simply asked if I knew how to fix his brakes. He didn't know me from Adam but I guess he figured I must know about bikes to dress like that. His front pads were totally out of alignment so a quick adjustment and he was gone, never to be seen again. The world views roadies as bike nuts.
kinda depends on the day and the group of friends I'm with.rtolle
Apr 26, 2002 8:49 AM
I agree with most that cycling is just a piece of a puzzle titled "me."

I am also....
...a graduating college student in a bad job market without a job (this is the big issue now).
...a workout nut (I gotta be doing something).
...whiskey drinker at heart.

oh, I almost forgot...I love long strolls on the beach under the stars...nm
I'm not that simple.Len J
Apr 26, 2002 8:52 AM
Cyclist is one facet of my identity.

To my Children I am a father.
To my wife, I am a husband
To my writer friends, I am a writer.
To my riding buddies & some neighbors, I am a cyclist.
To my employees, I am a CFO.
etc, etc.

I think of myself as all of these things at once, they are what make me, me.

People that know only one dimension of me, do talk to me about that dimension, it's all they know.

Man, oh man...rideslikeagirl
Apr 26, 2002 9:38 AM
What my husband (Tax Manager) wouldn't GIVE to have a CFO that understood his need to ride at lunch in the winter! :)
Man, oh man...Len J
Apr 26, 2002 9:43 AM
What I wouldn't give to be able to have a tax planning meeting in a paceline. ;-)

Have the company buy the rigs,rideslikeagirl
Apr 26, 2002 9:49 AM
since they'll be used for business! Brilliant!!

Although, what's the depreciable life of a bike? LOL :)

Jeez, once a tax geek, always a tax geek!!
it probably is if people recognise you as a cyclist when you'reclimbo
Apr 26, 2002 9:20 AM
not with your bike or in bike clothes. i.e. in summer they see your legs, or you're nice tan lines, and say, "do you ride bikes?" I'm OK with that, all except the tan lines bit...
If time schedule can reflect anything, ...elviento
Apr 26, 2002 9:21 AM
then here it goes:

Hours per week: 168

work: 75
commute: 6
sleep: 40
bike: 12
eating/shower/other biological needs 14
internet surfing: 10 (sometimes overlap with work, I know I am a bad employee)
I don't know where the time went 11-15
If time schedule can reflect anything, ...Dave Hickey
Apr 26, 2002 9:35 AM
"eating/shower/other biological needs 14 "

I'm about the same

Shower 20 minutes x 7= 2.3 hrs
Eat 20 minutes x 3 x 7= 7 hrs
Other biological needs= 4.67 hrs

I never realized I spent that much time on the toilet. No wonder my wife complains.
belts, shoes and shoelacesJS Haiku Shop
Apr 26, 2002 9:53 AM
hmmm...when i was thinking about a job move from one 20 miles from home to one 5 miles from home, i estimated how much time per year i spent in the car, commuting. then, things got a little strange, as they normally do inside my strange noggin:

time spent putting on belt, shoes, and tying shoelaces, assuming it's done once per day:

daily: 40 seconds
weekly: 4.7 minutes
monthly: 18.8 minutes
yearly: 226 minutes (3.76 hours)
10 years: ~40 hours
in 70 years: 280 hours (12 days).

if your time is worth, say, $20 per lose $5600 during the span of your lifetime on belts, shoes and shoelace labor.

putting on a tie really blows things out of the water.

You are a nut...unfortunatelymikebikr
Apr 26, 2002 10:08 AM
I think about the same lines.

I modified my signature during my first year of college to basically two squigles instead of writing my name out every time I sign something. I figure with all the time I save, at the end of my life I'll have 18 minutes to sit back and relax!

Take your medication please!Len J
Apr 26, 2002 10:11 AM
LOL, you have way too much time on your hands.

but what do you lose if you don't do it? nmDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 10:17 AM
four words: velcro, slip-ons, elastic. (tacky.) nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 26, 2002 10:20 AM
but what do you lose if you don't do it? nmelviento
Apr 26, 2002 10:23 AM
On the one hand, if you don't do these things, you'd almost certainly lose your $20/hour job.

But if you are lucky, and your job is one that doesn't need your pants on, you could be making way more than $20 per hour.
what's a belt or a tie ; ) (nm)salmonwheel
Apr 26, 2002 11:15 AM
serious drinker with a cycling problemJS Haiku Shop
Apr 26, 2002 9:59 AM
daddy, husband, cyclist, in that order.

wife may disagree with the last two.

and yes, others associate me with riding. we were talking with across-the-street neighbors the other day about (other) new neighbors. i said "jeez, if we talk about them like this, i wonder how others see us." (it was innocuous, really). neighbor #1 spits out "the guy who's obsessed with his bike," then blushes.

dude, i don't spend nearly the amount of time riding that most of you guys do. i think it might be (1) washing the bikes in the driveway, and (2) being seen leaving on the bike at dawn in the rain and coming home at noon. either that, or they're just incredulous that anyone aside from aerobics instructors would be seen wearing lycra.
how could you omit "haiku-ist"? :-) nmDougSloan
Apr 26, 2002 10:00 AM
you're the only ones lucky enough to read my 'ku! lucky you! nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 26, 2002 10:13 AM
spose so...Duane Gran
Apr 26, 2002 12:18 PM
I figure it is. I try not to aggrivate people around me with it, but I'm a nut about cycling. Bike racing is definitely an important part of my identity. Plenty of people don't understand it, but that is okay.

Most people assign their identity according to what brings in money. When you meet someone one of the first things they ask is "what do you do?" Many people will being the sentence by saying "I'm a [insert profession here]." In America, what you do is who you are.

I kind of like bucking this trend a little. I'm a founder of a startup business (6 years and running) but I don't like my work to define too much of me. Cycling is a great way to balance my identity back into the "fun" column.
I'm a angry biker lookin to kick some a55 :)eschelon
Apr 26, 2002 12:32 PM
Nope...well...maybe...I dunno...DINOSAUR
Apr 26, 2002 4:52 PM
I'm a husband and father first. Cycling is a pastime or a hobby. I was once an avid runner and it consumed my whole life. When I had to stop because of an injury my whole life came to a halt for a couple of years. I swore never again to let anything absorb me like that again. Although cycling is on my mind most of the time. I'm either thinking about it, doing it, reading about it, talking about it, working on my bike, or spending time on internet cycling forums such as this. Gosh this has me thinking, I'm trapped there no hope? What happened???
There goes that sonofabitch on his bicycle again.Sintesi at home
Apr 26, 2002 5:17 PM
So say my neighbors. So yeah I guess you could say that is my identity.
re: Is cycling your identity?STEELYeyed
Apr 26, 2002 7:22 PM
I actually met one of my clients tonight out on the road,we stopped at a intersection and chatted for a few minutes,we've known each other for months and he did not recognize me in my cycling kit,he felt like an idiot. I'm probably mostly known as the Plumbing Inspector around town,at home I'm dad/husband,at church I'm an usher,cyclist is probably way down on the list,and I'm fine with that,it's an important part of my life,but it's not my life. Many is the time I have put off riding for family or church.
re: Is cycling your identity?John Frank
Apr 27, 2002 1:44 PM
I am a cyclist. Cycling is a priority to me. It's not the top priority, but other's (including my wife) rarely see this decision process. That coupled with they lack of understanding of why I would ride as often as I do, in the conditions that I do, cause them to believe that I am obsessed with cycling.

People will occasionally ask about my cycling adventures, but as one of the other posters has said, people that don't ride much tend to get bored quickly with the topic of cycling, so I don't talk about it much.
I am an INTJ/INTF-type personalityLeisure
Apr 28, 2002 2:33 AM
I get engrossed in hobbies and contemplate a lot. I've had LOTS of hobbies, most of which include some technical crap. When I was a kid it was Legos, model rockets, radio control buggies (the ones that you build), and cycling. When I hit highschool it was more weightlifting and piano. During college it was more lifting, the music drifted into loudspeaker design and I got into mountainbiking. Now it's mostly cycling, as I don't have time for much else and am pretty content with what I've done in my other hobbies.