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What have you given up since you took up cycling?(46 posts)

What have you given up since you took up cycling?pessot
Dec 23, 2002 1:26 PM
I have only been cycling seriously for the last 2 years.
Serious for me is 2500 miles year 1, 4500 miles year 2.

My wife was recently reminding me of some things I had promised to do quite a while ago and realized that the reason I haven't gotten around to these is that I spend much more time riding, thinking about riding or cleaning, tuning the bike.

The benefits of riding to my personal well being are significant. However, prior to picking up this new vice, the areas where I spent most of my leisure time were woodworking and ice hockey. Ice hockey has just fallen off the list and my woodworking output has dropped off significantly. Hence the prodding from my wife.

I was wondering what have others given up or curtailed in exchange for the time to ride and ride often.

Al ( who may have a bunch of WW tools for sale :-) )
Dec 23, 2002 1:33 PM
I graduated from college with an ugly little smoking habbit. Being a bike rider and a smoker felt so ridiculous and contradictory that quitting came rather easily. Without it, I might still be a smoker.

SEX!!j/k. gave up soda, chips, junkfood/candy for the most partwheelsucker
Dec 23, 2002 1:51 PM
Smoking alsoRoyGBiv
Dec 23, 2002 1:53 PM
That and photography. I miss the photography but am I ever glad I quit smoking.
Recently though, I've taken up something that has caused me to give up cycling - home ownership. Well, I haven't given it up, but I sure have cut back. Renovations are getting in the way and I haven't had a decent ride in two months. The latest reno project? A darkroom.
Roy, weren't you in my college physics class? (nm)superdog
Dec 23, 2002 5:57 PM
re: What have you given up since you took up cycling?Thorman
Dec 23, 2002 1:55 PM
Since I got serious about riding four years ago I've given up drinking and with that the smoking ended as well. It's amazing how those two seem to go hand in hand.

Oh, I almost forgot the most important thing I gave up....75 lbs.!

Some television and half my driving ...Humma Hah
Dec 23, 2002 2:05 PM
I cut way back on watching television.

I probably drive about half as much as before, maybe 1/3 as much. Every time I'm forced to drive I feel like I'm cheating myself.

My eating habits have improved considerably, but I don't feel like I've given up anything by changing my eating habits. On the contrary, I feel like I'm getting better-quality food.
All other activitiesmwood
Dec 23, 2002 2:14 PM
which are done w/o my family. The way I see it, as a parent/husband, I can only justify one activity at a time which takes me away from my family for 3-6 hours on a weekend...
So, no more vintage sports car racing, no more surfing, no more golf (which is good, because it is the most boring game I can think of)...just cycling, preferably out early AM and back by noon.
(You singles, retirees and college kids must be cracking up at this piteous lament!)
Excessive yard work :) more than 4 beers/evening :( andcoonass
Dec 23, 2002 2:27 PM
and carbonated sodas...I quit smoking 2yrs prior to my first bike (1980).
Sleeping latemickey-mac
Dec 23, 2002 2:32 PM
I've never been an early riser, but with a wife, two kids, and a job, I'll never get in my miles unless I'm on the road by 6:30 a.m. at the latest. As recently as about 6 years ago, I had to set the alarm to wake up at 8:00. Now I'm usually up by 5:30 or 5:45 even without the alarm.
Same here. I forgot HOW to sleep late! -nmTig
Dec 23, 2002 3:33 PM
FlyingKen K
Dec 23, 2002 4:15 PM
Private pilot who hasn't flown in over two years. On a sunny weekend morning, I find it much more enjoyable to be out on the road on my bike instead of at the airport renting a plane. Flying is just not a priority in my life like it used to be.
Almost completely ...Humma Hah
Dec 24, 2002 6:21 AM
I did rent a 172 with a friend back in August, with instructor, so we could both shake of a couple of years of rust. Seems like a flight every year or two is now getting it out of my system. The plane, with instructor, went for about $130 an hour (911 roughly doubled insurance costs). That alone makes cycling look better.

When I rode a bike as a kid, I used to imagine I was flying. Now that I've done both, I realize they have as much in common as I imagined, maybe even more, except cycling is much cheaper, better for me, and doesn't cause me guilt trips.
ABOUT 25 LBS!!!!!..nmzooog
Dec 23, 2002 4:31 PM
1st wife ;-) (nm)flying
Dec 23, 2002 4:34 PM
I second this;1st wife ;o) (nm)pa rider
Dec 24, 2002 6:16 AM
Gave up thought of adopting a dog from humane societysuperdog
Dec 23, 2002 5:07 PM
Now that I'm riding I figured I wouldn't be able to spend quality time with a dog so I'm putting it off.
Dec 23, 2002 5:29 PM
Right now, I focus on riding, racing and riding. Non-cyclists are a waste of time because they think it is cute I have such a hobby until I tell them the bike comes first along with the hours of training and racing. For some reason, that doesn't go over well. Cyclists, well between them and I, too many issues. In the end, my bike won't cheat on me, lie to me or leave me for another woman.
Getting injured feels like getting dumped...serbski
Dec 23, 2002 6:01 PM
Be cautious on this one as I did *exactly* the same thing (though I was running marathons) and lived this monastic life, that in retrospect was pretty severe, and when I rejoined the world and actually started seeing someone I realized that I had almost "lost the plot" as they say. 100+ mile running weeks took most "normal" people quite a while to accept ("you're going running *again*?!) In retrospect, I was a bit of work to deal with but it was a time in my life that I don't regret at all. I guess my point is that though the bike (or running shoes) will never betray you; your body can. One good injury (this is why I took up cycling to begin with) can knock a person right out of their racing/training season but good. I know that when I got a full-blown, lingering injury I felt that my body had somehow "turned" on me and when I took a look at what I had to motivate me other than running/racing it was rather bleak. I had traded running for the joy of it for training and racing like it was my job (which it wasn't). I believe *totally* in commitment to, even obsession with, one's sport of choice but there is a very fine line/razor's edge that one must tread very carefully. As hard as one tries to avoid them, overuse and, as I'm finding with cycling, sudden traumatic injury (i.e. cars!) are a part of the package and one must always be aware that very few are immune to these realities. It's great to have a love affair of sorts with sport but to think that there is no potential for heartbreak is just not realistic. Don't mean to be so heavy, but the post just struck a chord with me.
True, but...katie1
Dec 23, 2002 6:32 PM
Seeing as I just got divorced not even a year ago (one year in February), I think it is okay not to be in the dating scene. Honestly, I did the worse thing and started dating someone right after the divorce, ink barely dry. Rebound guy lasted too long. Now I am happily without the guy crutch and riding for me, not to be with someone. much as I agree with your post, a little different. I am working out kinks and doing what I want for me and not others. I feel it is okay to be selfish for once since I have let men dominate or manipulate me for most of my life. Yep, thanks to too many miles I can admit that. Okay, far more truth for a cycling related board.

So why do Dura-ace BB suck so much?!?
The Siena came just under 17 lbs...Bruno S
Dec 23, 2002 7:02 PM
that was without pedals. Mine is XL with 180mm cranks and a long stem. Yours could very well be less tham 17 lbs with pedals.
I'm so jealous you have it!!!katie1
Dec 24, 2002 12:08 AM
Sweet!!! I am so excited. Yes, mine should be under 17 w/pedals. It is a small frame, 100 mm steam and 170 mm cranks.

Have you taken it out yet?? 3 more days and counting.

Enjoy. Merry X-mas!!!
Don't be so downMR_GRUMPY
Dec 23, 2002 7:26 PM
Don't be so down.................. On Dura Ace bottom brackets. I've got about 6,000 miles on mine, and no problems. I have to admit that on my new bike I put in an Ultegra. Just because I'm lazy.
Not down, just lazykatie1
Dec 24, 2002 12:11 AM
I seem to get stuck in the rain too much to deal with them. I'll take the extra weight for something a little more maintenance free and this is coming from someone counting every gram on the bike.
Good Point. Ride all you want. (nm)serbski
Dec 23, 2002 9:00 PM
True, but...flying
Dec 24, 2002 2:44 PM
Smart not to be dating yet.....Enjoy doing what you want ;-)

I waited 2 years not on purpose but glad in hind sight.
not sealed_rt_
Dec 26, 2002 7:20 AM
DA BB's that is. ;-)

although they're lighter than an ultegra bb they are prone to getting gunk (and water) into them and needing constant attention. once gunk gets into the bb the bearings take a beating and you will end up becomming significantly lighter in the pocket due to having to constantly maintain & replace your bb.

it's not worth the weight you save. get an ultegra.


ps - hope you had a great x-mas. you're a nut for going out in that wind yesterday. ;-)
And crashing feels like being cheated on (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Dec 23, 2002 10:36 PM
Running and sleep(nm)TREKY
Dec 23, 2002 7:05 PM
Sunday church....Bruno S
Dec 23, 2002 7:12 PM
That was a joke. Seriously, I took cycling (and exercise) when I relocated to San Diego five years ago. Back home I was into hardcore partying which was one of the reasons I left. Believe or not I have found parallels between organized centuries and raves.

Last three years I have logged, on average, 4,500 miles plus some running and weight training.
Good for you....TREKY
Dec 23, 2002 7:19 PM
...good luck with the new lifestyle.Hope youhave a good new year.
Fresh starts are good for the body, mind and soul.Ken of Fresno
Dec 23, 2002 9:58 PM
And you can never get to many of them.

All the best,
I've given up countingMR_GRUMPY
Dec 23, 2002 7:20 PM
I've given up counting how many times I've heard, "That damn bike", or " you're not going out, are you ? It's supposed to rain". After hearing things like that for 20 years, you loose count.
A few thingsvindicator
Dec 23, 2002 7:43 PM
Sleeping late (mostly), 2 wine boards (now it's one wine board and one cycling board instead of 3 wine boards), and I rearranged my diet a bit (although french fries were about the only thing I "gave up" that I hadn't already given up in the past). Also 25+ pounds and counting. Should I get down to my goal weight but still keep riding as much or more as I do now, maybe I'll need some french fries to maintain my weight!
Working weekends, backpacking, fewer classes, savings, skinB123
Dec 23, 2002 8:32 PM
You gave up backpacking? *gasp*Kristin
Dec 26, 2002 2:36 PM
I've always seen cycling as a sport for those who didn't have the mental endurance/discipline for backpacking. LOL.

Seriously though, I think I swing the other way. I love hiking more than cycling and I'm surprised that I havn't gotten more hardcore by now. Cycling is my lazy activity--its just more convenient to be a cyclist in Chicago than a backpacker. But I just made a pact with myself to hike Muir two summers from now. Once I put it on the calendar, I'll be forced to finally buy the gear, train, locate partners. I doubt I'll miss Bernardo when I'm on the trail. On the other hand, I doubt I'll name my backpack either. Each has its own place in life I supose.
Dec 23, 2002 9:22 PM
Actually, I used to drink and ride (not simultaneously, but I was pretty damn hung over sometimes.)

Riding won.

I would much rather haul my ass out of bed at 5 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday (and I am *not* a morning person!)than spend another day so hung over I could barely move.

Sometimes, though, after a really long ride I almost feel like I'm lit. Hmmmmm.....
re: What have you given up since you took up cycling?Crankist
Dec 23, 2002 11:27 PM
Nine ball, played 20-24 hrs. per week and sold off $5k in cues to pay for a few bikes. Now playing only 3-5 hrs. a week my game really sucks, and hell yes- it's a lot less fun as a result. I still look back...
re: What have you given up since you took up cycling?Rode Warrior
Dec 24, 2002 7:19 AM
Fast food
50+ pounds
About $20,000! (nm)peter1
Dec 24, 2002 7:45 AM
Money, and lots of it! nmMel Erickson
Dec 24, 2002 7:47 AM
Leg hair, 10 Lbs., fear of being on a dark road at night!(nm)James
Dec 24, 2002 9:44 AM
Dec 24, 2002 10:10 AM
actually I gave up a bunch of stuff when the babies came along: flyfishing, backpacking/mountaineering trips, whitewater canoeing, backcountry skiing, etc. I found bicycling/triathlon was something I could fit in with lunchtime and an occasional early am workout, whereas all my other obsessions needed days and days for real fulfillment.. heh. Plus I can put the kids in the trailer and take them with me some days. Also my wife likes me better when I'm not grumping around the house with an endorphin deficiency. So I think of cycling as a net gain, rather than in terms of giving up anything else..
$$, study time, furniture space, shower water (nm)bm
Dec 24, 2002 10:21 AM
re: What have you given up since you took up cycling?hrv
Dec 24, 2002 10:28 AM
Riding for about 1 1/2 years, raced last year. It's going to take me a few years to figure out what is the least amt. of riding/training to do to maintain/build fitness and still do other things that I have reduced, such as:

windsurfing: still go but only on really good days;

flyfishing: about once a month instead of 3x / week;

playing harmonica: don't find time to play as much as I want to, esp. since I just started jamming with other musicians; Thankfully, it's an instrument I can play while driving to work!

mtb: just started getting into mtb and got a great bike a couple of weeks ago; major, major fun. So just as I'm starting to develop my skills, I'm going to have to curtail it because of road racing season. Or maybe not!

snowboarding: not too much less since it happens during the slow time of biking but boy am I pushing it when I go for my long ride after coming home from boarding!

And most of all, I miss spending the time with my wife, and that's why it's going to be a great moment when I can nail down how I can get the most out of the least amt. of riding. We hike, snowboard, flyfish, and do some biking together. Also, I cut way back on working on the 'honey-do' list, and it's growing!

Mowing the yard. (nm)Chen2
Dec 26, 2002 1:47 PM