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My neighbors think I'm insane....just addicted(23 posts)

My neighbors think I'm insane....just addictedPaulCL
Nov 4, 2002 6:34 AM
Final proof that our sport is an addiction not a hobby.

My neighbors already think I'm kinda weird becuase I'm a 40 year old husband and father of three that rides a bike. I don't play golf (like "normal" guys). They see me at 6am on weekdays on the bike. The hear about riding a 100 miles in a day (really, a century only takes me 23 hours ;), see a grown man in lycra, see me always cleaning my bike, etc...

But Sunday put to rest any questions they had about my sanity, or lack there of. I couldn't ride in the morning, so I decided to go for a short (18 mile) afternoon workout ride. Problem was 45 degrees and raining. I went anyway. I love the weird looks. I had a great ride. ONe of my neighbors stopped by while I was gone. My wife mentioned what I was doing and he just rolled his eyes.

See...its' an addiction.
ditto nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 4, 2002 6:44 AM
If I don't ride for a couple of days, I get the shakes. (NM)Paul
Nov 4, 2002 7:15 AM
Yupper.............Dave Hickey
Nov 4, 2002 7:16 AM
In my neighborhood, I'm known as the "old" guy who is always riding his bike. People I don't even know will come up and say "I always see you riding your bike". I guess there are worse things to be known for.
"Ten speed"GeekRoadie
Nov 4, 2002 10:39 AM
Funny... One of the other dads on my son's football team recognized me as a cyclist and approached me. He asked if I rode a "ten speed". He was quick to point out that he has seen me all over the place and mentioned that he has a co-worker who also rides a "ten speed". I'm now known as the "ten speed guy"...
Hah - that's great!! ;-) (nm)jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 12:29 PM
Nyah!! I'm the 20 speed then! ;-) NMSpunout
Nov 5, 2002 5:16 AM
I think it's the clothes that sets people off ..tarwheel
Nov 4, 2002 7:55 AM
I get more comments about goofy cycling clothes than riding in adverse weather. Something about lycra shorts and loud jerseys that really gets people going.
I think they're all jealous....PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 4, 2002 8:11 AM
at least that's what I keep telling myself when I get those same stares.
Only wierd in the eyes of an outsider...biknben
Nov 4, 2002 8:12 AM
I wrote about something similar a while ago:
seth1 "My neighbors must think I'm nuts..." 6/8/01 3:00pm
re: Same here (nm)JL
Nov 4, 2002 10:23 AM
I'll add my family to those that think I'm insane too (nm)JL
Nov 4, 2002 10:25 AM
Perceived "adult" activities vs. "kids'" sportsSilverback
Nov 4, 2002 11:18 AM
I used to race sports cars, and I was forever trying to explain to people that it wasn't any stupider or more adolescent than golf or skiing. Now I'm a cyclist, and it's the same thing all over again. For some reason it's OK for my neighbor to pay thousands of dollars for ski equipment, lift tickets and trips before he freezes his butt off, but if I spend money and time riding a bicycle in the same weather, I'm being childish. I've pretty much quit talking about it.
race cars...jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 12:34 PM
I, too, am/was into racing my car @the track. I attend "high performance driving schools" and enjoy learning, and even instructing, at speed...but always under safe conditions. I've never really "raced" my car where I was being timed and there's a "winner", but have been to several tracks in the northeast where it's "competetive", but fun and educational. I used to be more into this but now have found a new passion in road biking!! My friends have been joking around w/me about my car being neglected now. ;-) Anyway, did you do SCCA or something similar?

Hey Jeff, do I "know" you?Allez Rouge
Nov 5, 2002 10:12 AM
Maybe from CompuServe -- either the old Motor Sports Forum (GO RACING) or Automobile Forum (GO CARS)? I thought your name looked familiar when I spotted it in the "Be careful" thread.
Wearing my "underwear" in publicms
Nov 4, 2002 11:34 AM
A friend said that it was great that I got off of the couch and on to a bike three years ago. But, he also said that he was embarassed to see me riding around in public in my "underwear."

My mother thinks that I am in my second childhood (at 43).

My wife and daughters roll their eyes too when I leave the house when it is near 100 degrees or, as it was when I left the house the other day, 30 degrees and overcast.

It is an addiction. Just don't let my friends and family know about any cures. I like my addiction.
re: My neighbors think I'm insane....just addictedSwat Dawg
Nov 4, 2002 11:43 AM
As a Junior in college, that is Black, I get a lot of weird stares when I walk out of my dorm wearing the shorts jersey and helmet. People wonder what the heck is wrong with me riding 40-60 miles at a time. They think I'm nuts for spending the money I do on my MTB and Road bikes, but they don't realize that the money they spend on 3 pairs of new shoes, and jeans each month is the money I spend on bike parts and stuff. It would be ridiculous for them to buy that stuff and not wear it. Its the same for the bike, for me to put the money into it and not ride, would be ludicrous. They also wonder how I can eat so much and stay in shape. I always just chalk it up to people wish that they had something in their life that they could be as passionate about as I am about bikes. Most people are passionless internet junkies. People like us strike against their sensibilities.
re: My neighbors think I'm insane....just addictedKary
Nov 4, 2002 2:26 PM
Yesterday I didn't go for my ride till 5 PM. Put on my light and went. My neigbors definitely think I'm nuts.
Try working at a high schoolspeedisgood
Nov 4, 2002 4:25 PM
and riding there for work. At first all the kids would laugh at the outfits (especially in the winter with my headlight on my helmet and in tights), but now that they're used to it, I get a lot more positive feedback like:

"Wow, you ride all the way from Lakewood?!" (It's only a 20 mile RT.)

"Wow, that's a really light bike!" (Only a GT ZR 1000 w/ DA but when I tell them the price for a serious racing frame, that blows their little minds.)

I also get the usual "do you race" and "you're pretty serious, aren't you?" comments too. Now they just know that I'm a freak about riding my bike and I'll do it as much and as often as I want/need to.

The best is when someone figures out that I ride a lot and they ask me, all serious, "Do you even own a car?" I think that's so funny! For them, the transportation progression is walk-->bike-->car = maturity or whatever. It's like people see us and think that we've stalled in the process and we ride because we can't afford a car or something. These are the people who need to find a passion in life.
I discovered cycling in High School, from a teacher!!Spunout
Nov 5, 2002 5:19 AM
Best thing that ever happened to me. Be proud, start a club, get the kids into some group rides.

I thought my racing coach/economics teacher was God. That was 18 years ago, and I haven't forgotten.

Better than smoking pot behind the football field at lunch. Well, okay that was fun too. But, you know what I mean.
I discovered cycling in High School, from a teacher!!speedisgood
Nov 5, 2002 10:08 AM
Actually, I've gotten some interest from a few senior track runners who are looking for something to do with their fitness after graduation. One actually did a local training race last summer and there's a few underclassmen interested in du's and tri's.

I was thinking about the club thing--too bad there's no high school cycling association. Hmmm, maybe I'm onto something . . .
re: My neighbors think I'm insane....just addictedaliensporebomb
Nov 5, 2002 12:47 PM
I like freaking my neighbors out.

I'll be out riding somewhere, fairly far from home and for
whatever reason I'll see the neighbors in their car and it
takes about two minutes for it to sink in that I'm the guy
that lives next door to them. Then they wave and ask later
where I've ridden and how long I rode and when I tell them
they turn white. It's funny.

I don't mind being the big bike geek in our neighborhood.
I'm 39 and love it.
I get a lot of those dropped-jaw stares, tooAllez Rouge
Nov 5, 2002 1:01 PM
My usual Saturday/Sunday loop covers 50 miles of gently rolling terrain. Usually takes me right at three hours to ride, but friends/neighbors don't focus on the time, just the miles. "How far did you ride? Fifty miles?!? Gollllllly!" This from the same people who might spend three or four hours raking leaves, or mowing a large yard -- neither being the hardest physical labor one can do, but pretty energetic. And yet when I spend three hours on a bicycle, they think I'm Superman. Very strange.