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Are any of your co-workers into cycling?(27 posts)

Are any of your co-workers into cycling?rideslikeagirl
Apr 26, 2002 9:45 AM
At my little office, I'm the only one - and I think they all look at me a little sideways when I head off in my full regalia. Although, I've had a couple gals say they would like to join me for my lunch-time ride.

(How do you tell someone that their beach cruiser or mt bike just wouldn't cut it!?!?)

I do see a number of bikers when I'm out, though.

My husband works in a larger office and has a few people he hooks up with regularly. It's kinda nice to have a bit of a culture at work, and not be the only "weirdo".
re: Are any of your co-workers into cycling?Dave Hickey
Apr 26, 2002 9:48 AM
I'm the only "weirdo" too but I'm also the boss, so most of the comments are behind my back.
Comments, sneers, lustfull gazes...whatever. :) nmrideslikeagirl
Apr 26, 2002 9:50 AM
at my last job...zk3
Apr 26, 2002 10:02 AM
before the tech industry took a dive....

I got hired into a small site of a large companyand there was one hard core roadie, 3 century riders, 10 + knoobies, it was great we'd all go riding at lunch on the weekends or after work, we did races together and some were very competive on our daliy/monthly milage chart. It was probably the best job I'll ever have...
The only one who's seriousPaulCL
Apr 26, 2002 10:06 AM
I'm in the investment world so read: golfers. I'm the weirdo since I don't play golf, not just becuase I ride. I used to play (was a 13 HCP) but gave it up to ride when my first child was born.

But when I'm needed to ride for the office, guess who gets hit on first. The MS 150 is coming up in my area in June and the company has formed a team. Nothing against the MS150, but I don't want to have to ride with a group of ten cruising a 12mph. I found a conflict.

By the one at my office knows I shave my legs. There's no need to open that pandora's box. They are all amazed and bewildered as to how and why a 40 year old man can ride a 100 miles in a day and why he still plays with a child's toy. Let's not even get into the Lycra part....
re: Are any of your co-workers into cycling?netso
Apr 26, 2002 10:18 AM
NO! Many that say they used to ride! ha-ha. Since I am the boss I pretty much do not care how I appear to my workers. I am sure they think I am a Weirdo, particularly when the see the Lycra and that you paid more than $300 for your bike!
It's funny, People will pay $2000 on gold wire wheels...Dave Hickey
Apr 26, 2002 10:37 AM
for their 1978 Honda, but they think your're crazy for spending over $2,000 on a bicycle.
It's funny, People will pay $2000 on gold wire wheels...netso
Apr 26, 2002 11:24 AM
In fact, I have a kid that works for me whose wheels cost more than the car!! He still thinks I am nuts. He thinks a 59 yo should be in a rest home.
Rest homerideslikeagirl
Apr 26, 2002 11:52 AM
That's what we all thought until we hit our thirties. Funny - the older you get, the older "older" gets!
Lucky...not so luckymikebikr
Apr 26, 2002 10:21 AM
Two other guys I work with ride as well. Luckily me and one of the other riders own the company. So quite often we slap on our lycra and go for a spin after work. We also do regular Cyclerobox/spinerval sessions all winter. I also often commute to work. (I made sure a shower was installed during a recent renovation).

Now the bad news. I own a roofing company. There is nothing like haveing 30 burly roofers standing in the parking lot at 7:00 AM discussing the merits and abilities of certain NACAR drivers, spitting tobacco, reaking of last nights beer, when I roll in, Lycra Clad, legs shaved, dripping sweat...and have to tell them what to do. Oh well!

PS: My commute is about 13 miles one way. One guy asked me this week how many hours it took to get to work????
re: Are any of your co-workers into cycling?Bike Fool
Apr 26, 2002 10:24 AM
Fortunately, before I started working at this job there was another guy who was a road fanatic, rain, snow, you name it, he rode to and from work. So I'm not looked at with any weirdness, other than the you must be crazy to ride to work with this kind of traffic look.
re: Are any of your co-workers into cycling?ALBikeGuy
Apr 26, 2002 11:20 AM
I work for a fairly large company (3000+). Although, only one other cyclist works in my area, there are several(15+)that work on our campus (about 15 buildings) that ride together and many others that ride, but not with us. We have lunch-time rides during the winter time and our club has afterwork rides that start from our campus during the summer/spring.

I feel very lucky to have such.
living in Boulder, COlonefrontranger
Apr 26, 2002 11:21 AM
and looking around my cube farm, I can see 3 bikes parked just within our functional group (IT project mgmt); one Schwinn compact with Tiagra, one super nice Gary Fisher/XTR MTB and my Colnago/Centaur 'cross bike.

No one in the company even bothers with the racks outdoors, they just drag 'em in. The CIO (our uber-boss) rides a Campy-equipped Pinarello 'cross bike to work every day, regardless of the weather, and keeps it in his corner office, next to the burl mahogany credenza and leaning against the Italian leather sofa.

At my last place of business, we had a 'bike bullpen'; a vacant reception area outside the sales / CSR / contracts management bullpen. There were about twenty steeds in the bike bullpen every day, ranging from sweet old chromed '50s cruisers and generic Trek hybrids to a Giant Team Once TCR, a Litespeed Ghisallo with Dura-Ace and a sweet Maverick dually MTB, not to mention my Colnago.
There's a couple of us who like to compare notes ....RoyGBiv
Apr 26, 2002 11:24 AM
... out loud in the office. For him, it might be that quick and dirty 15-mile evening ride he sneaks into between quitting time and bed time. For me, it might be that weekend 80-miler. Sometimes our fellow office workers smirk, but I love to give them the look that says: "Any fool can ride a bike. I can ride one for 80 miles a pop - and you can't."
Now and then during the summer we go out for a good, long Sunday ride. Great for gossip.
There are a fewCliff Oates
Apr 26, 2002 11:49 AM
One woman raced at Sea Otter (Masters 30+ Road Circuit -- at least she didn't finish last) and she plans on doing the Terrible Two this year. One of the directors in my area also rides, and a guy in the system operations area races mountain and rides road for training. We'll likely get some rides going when we move out of San Francisco to Walnut Creek this August.
Great thread, great question: one other 'failed super-hero' here128
Apr 26, 2002 12:48 PM
at work. Was it Dino who used that'failed-superhero' phrase on this board? Says it all for me, that image just sticks and really captures the elation and hell, feel and look of the sport rider. (especially for use Jack Kirby/Marvel fans!)
So, yeah there's a very advanced rider here, past all the steep learning curve, intermediate rider excitement sh** where I'm at so I have to be careful not to overwhelm her with my eagerness.
I can really relate to the 'showing up in front a bunch of roofers' comment,Hillarious, as I was a carpenter in my other life and now have to pass the excavation co./neighbors guys on my way to ride; hard to look tough in that getup. Actually I'm working on the grunge road rider look by default as I ad hoc my uniform together, so you know, I squeek by. (ok truth be told, something once came over me -it was a sale price- and I ended up with this giant mushroom bulb of a purple Giro helmet. I could not put this thing on until I was well past the view of civilization, and even then, I felt..funny. So when asked what I wanted for my birthday....I know proudly sport a sleek white lid.

Ride to work. Work to ride.
Classified: R&D- Mr. Pither: Failed Superhero: aka Centrifuman!!128
Apr 26, 2002 1:05 PM
Origins: Little Billy Pither worked in his Unlcle Cyclo's experimental physics lab. One day while reaching for a Saspirilla, litttle Gregory's hand was pulled into the rapidly rotating wheel spokes of Uncle Cyclo's experimental wheel!! When the SuperTefloCycloFilm released from the PrestaDrome, it took the form of a strange, new gasseous element which Little Billy accidentally breathed in!

tune in text week for: "The stuff we'll make up next week!" or! "Billy's superhero outfit, knitted by his father in law: Alberto! And the secret powers it holds...."

and now, the weekend: brought to you by: The Labor Party....
Who says a cruiser won't cut it?Humma Hah
Apr 26, 2002 2:32 PM
There are two bikes stored permanantly at my company, one with flat tires, and I've never seen them ridden. A Huffy showed up for a few weeks this winter, also not ridden. Several folks CLAIM to be cyclists, but never get around to riding. Two guys upstairs are avid MTBers, sometimes sneak out to ride in the evening at a local park ... they did not ride all winter. I did. They thought I was nuts, riding in weather down to the teens.

The MTBers know my old cruiser is a proto-MTB, but don't think it can handle the wicked "hills and rocks" in the park ... this I gotta see if I can ever get off work in time to ride with them. I do about 80 miles per week on the cruiser, mostly road, and I can just about keep up with recreational roadies.
All of my coworkers ride...dcm311
Apr 26, 2002 4:20 PM
but I work at as a courier so it's to be expected.
2 others.look271
Apr 26, 2002 4:45 PM
Each of us work different shifts, though. A guy I sometimes ride with commutes as much as me. We're the only 2 commuters in my section of the hospital. I get cat-calls (all in good fun) and other comments, but mostly are just for fun-nothing taunting or rude.
I work at a bike shopfuzzybunnies
Apr 26, 2002 6:14 PM
and out of all the people there I do the only real riding. The owner goes out on rare occasions and never with anyone, the manager doesn't ride at all, and the other 2 employees only do the occasional street ride(one of them does some DH racing). I ride a minimum of 5 times a week not including commute which I do year round.
re: Are any of your co-workers into cycling?SnowBlind
Apr 26, 2002 8:26 PM
We noticed something pretty funny the other day.

My bike: Steel Inglis Cycles.
Jim: Titanium Seven Axiom.
Sam: Aluminum Gios A-90.
Mike: Carbon Trek.

Yep, every major material represented.

That is just our team (18 people) the stair wells are full of bikes. Even a few (retired) racers upstairs.
Not any moremickey-mac
Apr 26, 2002 8:32 PM
At my old job, both of my bosses were mountain bikers. I usually rode with them one day a week and with my road buddies the other days. If I showed up late from a mountain bike ride with my bosses, nobody was going to give me a hard time. They didn't even care if I came in late after a road ride. I usually had at least one bike in my office at all times. Often I had my road bike and mountain bike in my office. In the winter, my mountain bike would frequently drip mud and dirt onto the expensive red carpet. It drove the office manager crazy but, once again, what difference does it make when your bosses don't care? We had a shower in the office, which made riding much easier. These days, I work in an office full of people who haven't been on bikes since they got their drivers' licenses. We don't have showers, and I haven't ridden to or from work in the past three years. On the bright side, my current job is more or less Monday through Friday 9-5, so I've got plenty of time to ride from home.
living in Denver, COPack Meat
Apr 26, 2002 9:08 PM
and working in Golden with a bunch of researchers theres a ton of serious riders. There are about 5 guys that race. Everybody rides. Mt bikers, commuters, road riders everybody rides.
SeveralRay Sachs
Apr 27, 2002 2:49 AM
I'm lucky - there are about 6-8 other people in my small office (about 35 people total) who ride to some degree. Some on road, some mostly mountain. I'm the only roadie who does more than a couple thousand miles per year and the only one who rides centuries, but we have a regular Thursday after work ride from April thru October and usually have 3-5 people show up. They're short (15-25 miles) and easy (12-14 mph) rides, but I ride to the start and home from the finish, so I can get an extra 20 miles in at a faster pace. I enjoy the slow social parts most of the time.

A couple of the mtb riders are a bit more hardcore (or at least younger and crazier). I go out with them every now and then on my cyclocross bike. They're a bit stronger on technical sections than I am, but I make 'em suffer on longer climbs and long fast rolling sections.

A good bunch to work with.

Living in Vail, COBikinCO
Apr 27, 2002 6:46 AM
You are a freak if you don't ride. Well not quite. There are seven "serious" cyclist here. Road, XC and downhillers are all represented.
Apr 28, 2002 1:36 AM
Working at a psychiatric hospital in Utah means plenty of health-oriented freaks. I know three roadies and several mtbers, and there are others I know of but don't get to associate with (the problem with working night shifts). The one guy I ride with most often is a lot like me; he rides both road and mountain and is getting into freeriding. He's been doing road quite a bit longer, though. Both of us were looking at getting dedicated 7"-travel rigs this summer but I've had to put it off due to budgetting/scheduling work, school and car stuff. Kind of hard to swallow.