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young riders(6 posts)

young riderswarriorcharge
May 31, 2002 10:13 AM
i have been riding in new york for about 3 years and in england since i was about 12 years old ,the scene there is full of young riders ,on the roads out here most folks seem to be older ,about my age mid 30s, any ideas why this is so
re: young ridersHBPat
May 31, 2002 10:26 AM
Because there isn't much of a following for the sport here. Every kid will play soccer or baseball but not many people get into cycling until much later. There are so few places that somebody can get into cycling before college that if you don't live in a place that has a really good club your out of the loop.
It's all about gatoradeshawndoggy
May 29, 2002 7:34 AM
Well actually, it's sorta all about gatorade... here kids say "I wanna be like Mike" (Jordan) like the gatorade commercial.

I doubt your average 12-18 year old (or average American for that matter) can name a cyclist beyond L.A. or Lemond. My uninformed perception is that cycling is followed more closely in Europe, hence there are kids there saying "I wanna be like [INSERT NAME OF CYCLING STAR HERE]," instead of buying $150 basketball shoes.

Undoubtedly, Europe's prime basketball talent is being wasted riding around on bicycles as we speak (er... write).
I have some ideas...Bruno
May 31, 2002 10:41 AM
There is little exposure of road cycling in the US. Young people as likely to do what is being promoted and trendy. The US dominates extreme sports like BMX, skate boarding and snow boarding. These sports are all over american TV. Even mountain bikes are more appealing to young people not only because of their rugged looks but also because of the culture that surrounds them.
cultural differencesSteveO
May 31, 2002 10:48 AM
besides the two valid points already stated, i think another important consideration is the cultural perception of the bicycle.

much of europe sees the bicycle for what it is... efficient transportation.

In car-crazy America, though, A bike is a toy.

1. Most roadways arent condusive to riding, so many tots are kept off the streets (by parents).
2. School-age children are bussed to school now; heaven forbid 'my child' walk or ride that 1 mile.
3. Teens want nothing more in life than to spend their days and nights driving their first car
4. Young adults are busy working to afford the first 'new' car.
5. Finally, at the age of 30, the beergut kicks in, long-distant memories of happy childhood cycling kick in, and the adult returns to cycling.
could not agree more! (nm)dawg
Jun 1, 2002 4:26 AM