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Why are MTBers considered considered less friendly?(33 posts)

Why are MTBers considered considered less friendly?elviento
May 1, 2002 8:43 AM
Is it because many, even if not most, engage in the sport because of the extra machismo evidenced by body piercings and talking Dude talk? Or maybe that's just a small fraction of MTBers? Or maybe it's because they need to focus on handling the bike and hence find it hard to frequently wave/nod, etc.?
re: Why are MTBers considered considered less friendly?eschelon
May 1, 2002 8:51 AM
I disagree. I used to be a neander...er, mtber, and I always noticed how many of the people would say hello or whatever as they passed me on the trail...roadbikers are friendly, just not as friendly as neander...damn, mtber.
They're just shyAllisonHayes
May 1, 2002 8:56 AM
Beneath that accoutrement, all MTBers really want is someone to pay attention to them. Take a MTBer to lunch this week, ask them some questions, get to know them, you'll find out.

Besides, they are grunge and anti all that goes flash, glitter and screams lycra. You just need to bridge the gap.
Anti all that goes flash?Spoke Wrench
May 1, 2002 9:17 AM
Have you looked at some of the downhill and free ride bikes? We're talking major league techno-flash.
Most are escaped convicts trying to avoid detection nmmr_spin
May 1, 2002 9:00 AM
It's the opposite around here--roadies are viewed as....retro
May 1, 2002 9:22 AM
...arrogant pr!cks. Mountain bikers are the good guys, stopping to help each other, having a good time. The roadies all wear Spiderman suits and keep their heads down and are Just Too Serious to stop to lend somebody a pump or patch kit.
I ride both about equally, a little heavier on the road side lately, and I'm inclined to agree.
Nobody helped this pretty chick...eschelon
May 1, 2002 9:31 AM
yesterday on my ride. I had a 7 person paceline pass me and I know they all saw this chick walking her bike and I can guess with certainty that none of them offered to help her because i saw her a few seconds after them and noticed in 5 seconds that she had a flat tire.

Being the unopportunistic gentleman that I am, I offered to supply her with my only spare tube and co2 since she had absolutely nothing. She didn't even know how to change the tube either...so I offered to do everything as she watched. I then said ride safely and wished her adew (sp?) and went on my way.
adieu (nm)collinsc
May 1, 2002 10:24 AM
well if you're in pacelinecyclopathic
May 1, 2002 10:54 PM
you don't wanna get dropped. Pers I'd stop and help and ask for phone #, though most bikechicks are used to being hit on and immune.
Absolutley Right!!!!!!Ligon
May 1, 2002 5:32 PM
Mountain bikers are always stopping to help each other out. I too ride a equal amount of both and find that Mtn. bikers are always speaking to one another. Generally, mtn bikers are always willing to help someone out because I think you will find most of them very mechanical. This is due to the fact that they are always breaking something. Roadies are the ones viewed as arrogant, skinsuit wearing, $3000 bike riding A-holes.
Spiderman suits, eh?Leisure
May 2, 2002 4:46 AM
Sounds like a pretty cool idea for the next line of cycling jerseys, esp. with the movie coming out. Oh, the fashion police would have a field day!

If you thought the postal team jerseys made you a fred...
disagree!jpa
May 1, 2002 9:28 AM
I find MTBers friendlier than Roadies, but only by a modest margin. I think there might be more of a connection between how friendly a cyclist is with how serious they take their cycling rather than what type of bike they ride. What I am implying is that the hard core racer types tend to be a little snooty/grumpy regardless of what type of bike they ride.
exactlyCRM
May 1, 2002 10:13 AM
I'm a cyclist. Road bike, mountain bike, cruiser, whatever. I don't label myself any more than "cyclist." That said, there are nice people and there are jerks in all disciplines. In my experience, the jerks tend to be the people who take their riding too seriously. It may a roadie who's trying to maintain his mph goal or just warrant his super-exotic bike. It may be a downhiller who's trying to bomb the local course. My feeling is that unless you ride your bike for a living, lighten up. A little civility and assistance is worth a whole lot more than your average speed.
ditto (nm).dsc
May 1, 2002 10:45 AM
Just the Oppositegrzy
May 1, 2002 9:31 AM
Typical MTBers are way more friendly than you average roadie. Maybe your insecurity is getting in the way? Of course they could be really stoned and simply not see you.
Just the Oppositegtx
May 1, 2002 11:32 AM
Agree--roadies harsh most mtber's buzz.
re: I think you watched to many Mnt Dew commercialscyclopathic
May 1, 2002 9:36 AM
most aren't pierced only few and half of them girls

With respect to your question most MTBers believe roadies unfriendly and bias toward them. I would suspect there's a certain cultural gap, which either side sees as alienation.
Several Reasonsfastfinish
May 1, 2002 9:42 AM
Over the last 10 years I've jumped back and fouth between MTB and Road quite a bit. The biggest reason is the nature of the sport- MTB is a very idividual sport wether your riding on your fav local trail or racing at a national level race. The fast guy rides by himself in front, 2nd fastest next, and so on until you stop and have a chance to talk. Even in a race after a couple of miles you are pretty much riding by your self for the rest of the ride. Road bike riding premits you to talk to everyone as you ride along in a group and lack of ability can be made up for by staying protected in the group and riding smart. Another big reason is the management of the sport. Road events are very well attended and on average better organized than MTB events. I've raced on the road, done centries, rides for charity, and so on with events having thousands of people and they are almost always better organized than any MTB event I go to. Even in racing the way they organize the catagories for road racing is far better than the couple of classes they have for MTB racing. When MTB racing I'm always being called a sandbagger or in a class I can't compete in where as in road racing I've always been able to find a class that fit with my ability and experience level. IMHO the truth is in the numbers, I have friends that are mostly road riders or racers that I have know for many years but my friends that I met on the MTB either converted to mostly road for the reasons I listed above or didn't stay with the sport.
MTBers are LESS friendly? Oh, the irony...Gator
May 1, 2002 9:45 AM
Talk to any MTBer and they'll tell you the exact opposite. The truth is that there are douchebags in both lots.

MTBer tend to get white-trash, 18-tattoo morons who love nothing more than to bomb by you at 60 mph and then threaten to kick your ass for being on the trail. Roadies tend to draw smarmy corporate tools on $7,000 Colnagos who snear at anything non-Euro or bargain priced.

I do both -- and both groups of jerks can blow me.
I ride bothIcefrk13
May 1, 2002 10:15 AM
I ride both and thisnk that there are just bad apples in both bunches. I have been befriended by both goups and looked down apon by both. So who knows.
Are you less friendly when you're on your RB?Sintesi
May 1, 2002 10:44 AM
I am.
Cant we all just get along...funknuggets
May 1, 2002 10:52 AM
Go back to Mississippi, go back to DC, go back to California, go back to Missouri, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all cyclists are created equal. (Except Lance and Ned…of course)"

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Moab the sons of former roadies and the sons of former downhillers will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the size of their tires but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the US, whose president's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where MTB boys and MTB girls will be able to join hands with Roadie boys and Roadie girls and ride together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope.

(Sorry, MLK... the meaning kinda fit...)
The stratopheric level of artistic prose and rhetoric...wow nmeschelon
May 1, 2002 11:01 AM
Man, what a weird dream you had! I never had dream like that. (nQubeley
May 1, 2002 3:33 PM
Duuuuuudegrzy
May 2, 2002 9:44 AM
Think about what you're saying:

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be
made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made
straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together

There isn't a mountain biker worth their salt that wants any part of this nightmare. Like the snowboarders say, "Stop the Brutal Grooming." I know it's just a bunch of rhetoric, but it approaches nonsense.
Quite the opposite in Westchester, NYLowend
May 1, 2002 11:20 AM
Too many roadies with chips on their shoulders. Lucky to get a nod when going by. All of the Mt bikers will say hi when passing even while climbing.
This topic is stupid.Empirion75
May 1, 2002 1:15 PM
Waving at every fellow cyclist every minute is useless. Mountain bikers ride road bikes to.
they have single-track minds nmDougSloan
May 1, 2002 3:38 PM
re: Why are MTBers considered considered less friendly?Val_Garou
May 2, 2002 12:30 AM
I agree with the trend towards pegging roadies as the arrogant bunch, and MTBers as the crowd most likely to help you in a pinch. Have no idea why this is so.

But my additional thought is that everyone is friendlier to those riding the same type of machine. (i.e. a rider on a road bike is more likely to wave to a rider on a road bike & a rider on an MTB is more likely to wave to those on MTBs) I think this holds true even if said rider owns and rides both types of bikes.
Now I see the opposite!!K-Man
May 2, 2002 8:54 AM
Been MTB riding /racing for over 14 years and I think that group is extremely friendly and curtious (obvioulsy there are always the bad few). Just started training on the road last year (on my MTB) and this year is my first year on a road bike. 95% of the "Roaies" I cross paths with don't even acknowledge me or any other riders for that matter. The just give the death look.
I see the roadie group as the unfriendly bunch.

KMan
re: A Wanker's a Wanker regardless of what they ride..jrm
May 2, 2002 9:29 AM
And there are such people on both sides of the fence. Make a difference and be cool to whoever regardless of what they ride. Karma counts..
re: Why are MTBers considered considered less friendly?SFgeek
May 3, 2002 3:50 PM
my road and mountain bike stay in the same room. They're together most of the day while I'm at work.

They sometimes talk to me while I groom their drivetrains. They talk about community and tell me to be friendly to other bikers. They tell me that one day another rider may come to aid me in time of need and that I may meet some really interesting people on their rigs. I heed their advice.

Listen to your bike!
Here's a thought...fatroadie
May 5, 2002 9:46 AM
why don't we all stop stereotyping, worrying about how others look, and trying to act like the top cock and just be happy we are out riding in a free country instead of being in a war zone or physically unable to ride.