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NY Central Park Full of Colnago Riding Posers!(36 posts)

NY Central Park Full of Colnago Riding Posers!RudyG
Apr 13, 2003 3:55 PM
I visited New York's Central Park yesterday and never have I seen so many posers in their favorate euro team replica jerseys and shorts all riding Colnagos! I bet their bikes have never seen pavement beyond the Central Park loop. What a joke!
Doesn't the park have it's own roadie subculture?urwhaturide
Apr 13, 2003 4:10 PM
Not to say you didn't run into a bunch of posers, but I've heard that NYC Central Park has a serious roadie subculture going on. Be prepared to pay your dues and log your laps to get in, posers need not apply.
Anyone else ridden the park care to comment ...
re: NY Central Park Full of Colnago Riding Posers!High Gear
Apr 13, 2003 4:16 PM
I'm sure they are hard working people with lots of money. Good for them if they can afford big bux bikes. I wouldn't let it bother you, we're all btothers in this great sport.
panties in a bunchvelocity
Apr 13, 2003 4:20 PM
I guess you're a visitor to our fair city? There's a whole motley assortment of people who ride and recreate in Central Park -- why single out the posers? Must admit, though, that in the many, many miles I've logged in CP -- and, yes, beyond -- I haven't come across a posse of 'Nago posers in their favorite euro team kit.

Perhaps a particular group of outfitted cyclists caught your attention and raised your ire? Yesterday morning it rained and most organized group rides were postponed to today as a result. Many riders yesterday likely put in some base mileage in the park with the expectation that their longer ride would happen today. For instance, after the rain stopped yesterday, I went up to the Park and did a few laps (I happen not to ride a Colnago) in order to squeeze some riding in. It was less crowded with cyclists, 'bladers, joggers, etc., than usual.

Sure there are plenty of folks whose ride and outfit outshines their prowess on the bike, but that's no reason to get your panties in a bunch!
How long is a loop around the park?astrobiker
Apr 13, 2003 6:23 PM
Just curious - never thought about it... How long a ride can you get if you say in the park?
How long is a loop around the park?purplepaul
Apr 13, 2003 6:44 PM
It's considered to be 10K but it's actually a wee bit short of that. Instead of being 6.2 miles, it's closer to 6.

I tend to do 6 lap workouts, but not on the weekend- it's a nightmare. During the summer there is enough scenery that one never gets tired of going around, particularly in a spot I've come to nickname "Cherry Hill." And it's not for all the Cherry trees.
How long is a loop around the park?PaulNYC
Apr 13, 2003 6:53 PM
I know I am off but a loop is around six to seven miles. It is pleasant.

Full Loop = 6.1 milesvelocity
Apr 14, 2003 7:55 AM
When it's not overpopulated by swordswallowers, monkeys, elephants, stiltwalkers, and the like -- wearing full team kits of course ;-)-- the loop's a very enjoyable place to log miles.

In Manhattan, CP's THE place roadie subculture congregates. Before RudyG's rubbed his eyes and rolled out of bed, races have started and ended in the park. Many group rides meet there, and it's the place to hang out post-ride as well.
i thought the sword swallowers kept to the bushes(nm)rufus
Apr 14, 2003 9:43 AM
envy is such an ugly emtion (nm)terry b
Apr 13, 2003 4:28 PM
Why denigrate people?deHonc
Apr 13, 2003 4:37 PM
I don't get it - continual talk of posers on this forum - just because some folks wear team gear - so what? These people are out enjoying themselves - these messages say more about the authors than the subjects.
Why denigrate people?High Gear
Apr 13, 2003 5:17 PM
I don't think it's such a bad idea to ride with pro team clothing if you want. Although socks to jersey is a little much, but hey, lots of guys wear NFL jerseys to support their team.
Get a grip Rudy!jaybird
Apr 13, 2003 5:45 PM
Why do you care what someone else is riding? Do you say the same thing about people who drive nice cars? If they have they money, why should they not appreciate some of the finer things in life? I should also remind you that the market for those Colnagos, is not driven by pros but by those "Posers".

Shut up and ride.
What's with all of the bashing fellow cyclists?serbski
Apr 13, 2003 5:57 PM
This board is such a great tool for tech info, training advice etc. and, as a newbie, I've really gleaned a ton of useful info here. However, the elitism that gets thrown around here happens all too often and is something that I have never experienced in my other life (ultrarunning). Can't recall that I've ever heard somebody hammer another runner for their choosing to wear a top of the line New Balance shoe ($200) even if they don't run 100mile weeks or run sub-three hour marathons. I own a pair of pro team bibs that were a great deal and are super comfortable I guess that would be a problem in the eyes of some on this board. Honestly, cyclists should be more concerned with getting more bike lanes happening or raising motorists' awareness of cyclists rather than worrying about who doesn't "deserve" a C-40. It's pretty sickening and depressing to see all of this blather day after day. Grow up and ride your frigging bike and hope that one of these "posers" doesn't drop you like a stone out there!
What's the world coming to?mickey-mac
Apr 13, 2003 6:35 PM
I've ridden all over California, as well as parts of Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. I've seen people in pro jerseys riding Colnagos in all of those places. Somebody really needs to do something about this. Don't people realize that poser cyclists are the most important issue facing the United States in the year 2003?
Posers? I can post the pic of the real poser if you want me to =)I Love Shimano
Apr 13, 2003 6:56 PM
No, it's not a picture of me.
Like Scott, the image is burned in my mindmickey-mac
Apr 13, 2003 7:05 PM
If I were morbidly obese, my biggest fear wouldn't be heart disease or diabetes. It would be showing up in a random crowd shot in connection with a local news story on obesity. My heart always goes out to those poor people who are walking down the street, minding their own business, happily eating fast food, only to find themselves center-frame in a shot that's running on the 11:00 news while some idiot local newsreader is talking about the risks of obesity.
Remember two pics of guys in rubber suits. Where are they? nmUncle Tim
Apr 13, 2003 8:35 PM
What's the world coming to?The Human G-Nome
Apr 13, 2003 9:15 PM
with Iraq out of the picture, the "axis of evil" is now Iran, N.Korea, and posers on Colnagos in euro team gear. even worse if your riding a Look.... erah, i mean Freedom Bike.
re: NY Central Park Full of Colnago Riding Posers!purplepaul
Apr 13, 2003 6:48 PM
I'll tell ya, there do seem to be an inordinate number of Colnagos showing up lately. Haven't spent enough time with them to know if they're posers. But I must say they bother me much less than all the runners who were in all 3 lanes this morning, absolutely refusing to move over. Damn they're annoying. And self-centered. And ugly, too.
re: NY Central Park Full of Colnago Riding Posers!mickey-mac
Apr 13, 2003 6:59 PM
"Damn they're annoying. And self-centered. And ugly, too."

And as a group, they're even skinnier than we are. I'll bet we could kick their asses in a big group fight.
But there's more of them than us. nmpurplepaul
Apr 13, 2003 7:39 PM
re: NY Central Park Full of Colnago Riding Posers!The Human G-Nome
Apr 13, 2003 9:17 PM
well, it would depend if we had to wear our cleats. but either way, our dads could beat up their dads.
As a LOOK Owner I do not support any military action...serbski
Apr 14, 2003 8:44 AM
...directed against runners or Colnago Riders!
you can't say "asses" on a moderated forum. duh! nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 14, 2003 8:51 AM
I'm sorry. What I meant to say. . .mickey-mac
Apr 14, 2003 5:57 PM
My thoughts, as usual, we will slaughter them all.
Who cares!c722061
Apr 13, 2003 7:57 PM
Just enjoy the sights of beautiful bikes and clothes they wear. Don't be so sure of yourself. I personally have never had problem with any fellow cyclists unless they drunk and ride, it ain't a pretty sight.
Those are NY's finest doing under cover work. Keep it down.johnrg
Apr 13, 2003 8:41 PM
Damn, you must have seen me...elviento
Apr 13, 2003 10:06 PM
on my cool down laps after I went to Bear Mountain and back, which is a good 80+ miles.

"What a joke!" seems to best describe yourself. So what if others can afford better bikes? I bet I spend a smaller percentage of my income on bike gear and a greater percentage of my spare time riding than you do.
Damn, you must have seen me...grettm
Apr 14, 2003 3:49 AM
I personally would never wear a team jersey because I do think it is a bit goofy. However, what I love about cycling is the individualism that comes out of it. You get all sorts of clowns. I love most of them! Let them do as they like. I don't wear a team jersey mostly because I think you need the skills to back it up. I admit I don't have those skills. I love the guys who wear the yellow jerseys and are clipping up hills in granny and are getting crushed. But you know...they are out there...not on their couch....
Yellow jerseysSteve_0
Apr 14, 2003 6:12 AM
methinks most people wearing yellow jerseys just want to be seen by the cell-equiped cages.

I dont think wearing team kit necessitates 'backing it up'. 10 Sundays every winter I sit with 60,000 people wearing Eagles Jerseys; they're not trying to make a statement about their football prowess, but about their enthusiasm for their pasttime. Same with team kit.

Having said that, personally, I RARELY wear cycling-specific clothing; when I do, it's wool. Something about wearing plastic clothing is goofy, IMO.

Difft strokes yaknow.
Apr 14, 2003 4:15 AM
I think the funniest thing I ever saw in NYC was about 4 years ago: I was in a subway station, somwhere near Central Park South (can't remember which one...), when I heard the unmistakable sounds of road bike cleats walking on the tile floor. I turned around to see some guy in full-zoot team jersey, nice Conago, etc, CARRYING HIS BIKE FROM A SUBWAY CAR!! I watched as he slipped and slid his way up the stairs, bike on one shoulder, front wheel in the other hand. I'll bet he got a full 5 miles in before he took the subway back downtown....
Could be mechanical problem though.elviento
Apr 14, 2003 11:40 AM
or a rider from the boroughs...velocity
Apr 14, 2003 11:52 AM
Many riders come in from Brooklyn, Queens, etc., to meet up with others in CP and some of 'em take the subway in. What's the big deal and what's so funny? If he was driving his rig in would you still find it hilarious?
this, my friends, is a classic troll. nmDougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 6:18 AM
Former Pros Among Those Poserssidley
Apr 14, 2003 6:31 AM
First, being a downhome Detroit boy refuged in the big city, I understand the disdain for the pomp too often associated with my adopted home.

Secondly, however, you should note that a lot of those overweight Colnago posers are former pro, or semi-pro bike riders who can still hammer down on real posers like me (Bianchi is my rig). A large proportion of those guys are former AAA college track athletes, who again, can grind posers like me into dust.

Thirdly, you should note that a lot of those posers just came back from 80 mile rides accross the river in NJ and upstate NY and came to check out the scenery.

Fourth, although I don't do, there is a strong racing league in the Park. I think last years 4 lap team (24 miles) time trial winning time was 54 minutes