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being a complete cyclist(11 posts)

being a complete cyclistJS Haiku Shop
Jul 2, 2003 3:43 PM
naturally i forgot how much fun and pain trail riding can be.

IMHO, to be a *complete* cyclist, one must ride:

in the winter
in the snow, sleet, hail, ice
in the summer
in the heat, humidity, and stinging bugs
in the fall
in slippery leaves, cool rain, and darkness
in the spring
with bad legs, low motivation, and no companions

...and all forms of racing, including:

individual time trials
anything vomit-inducing

of course this does not mean you have to be competitive. it just means ya gotta try.

J does not commute, but i'm guessing it's the one i missed. so i threw it in there. reason behind my post is that i can see after a winter of long rides and training how much fixie (thanks MB1!!!) applies to dirt, how much dirt applies to road, how much road applies to every day life. at home right now my thoughs come back to "have another adult beverage", and "F@#$ illinois."

ride lots, yo.

The one you haven't done is the one you needDropped
Jul 2, 2003 4:28 PM
Nice list, but to be a complete cyclist you NEED to commute! The bike needs to be your recreation and your transportation. It's even better if you do so in oppresive heat or torrential rain. C'mon, if you can ride 600km on that boat-anchor Surly, you can commute once in a while. ;)

I'm going for an adult beverage now. That is, after I ride home from work on my bike.
Let me see if I can come up with a few more.MB1
Jul 2, 2003 4:41 PM
while bleeding
while drunk
while hung-over
do a self supported camping tour
on a velodrome

at least 10 miles (bonus points if done all at once):
on a flat tire
with a broken spoke
with only one pedal
with a broken chain
without a seat
after a crash
in the dark with no lights

there must be a million more
self supported tour...that's a good one (nm)Frith
Jul 3, 2003 5:06 AM
Do you have to do them allMel Erickson
Jul 2, 2003 5:31 PM
in the same year? 'Cause I've done most, but not all. Let's see.

bad legs (bad back, bad shoulder, bad ribs)
low motivation
no companions
fall (absolute best)
slippery leaves
cool rain
road, mtb, TT racing
self supported multi day ride
tandem (road and mtb)
century and century+ one day rides, supported and unsupported

I don't do winter (does XC skiing count?), snow, sleet, ice or hail
Haven't done CC racing

Isn't there a haiku here somewhere?
Are you riding Babler Park tomorrow? (nm)coonass
Jul 2, 2003 6:34 PM
re: being a complete cyclistMR_GRUMPY
Jul 2, 2003 6:46 PM
Able to sprint with the best at the end a crit.
Able to fly up sprinter's hills in road races.
Able to put the hurt on the pack on "real" climbs.
Able to time trial with the fastest.
Able to go on a ride just for the fun of it.
What's wrong with Illinois (nm)Jervis
Jul 2, 2003 8:39 PM
I'll explain the origin of "F*** Illinois"Dale Brigham
Jul 3, 2003 10:33 AM
First, nothing is wrong with Illinois. I think J started using this expression when I told him, on the 400K brevet we did together in April, about my 100 mile battle with a 20-30 mph headwind in Kansas on a 600K brevet four years ago. That stint was so hard that my mantra became "F*** Kansas," repeated under my gasping breath for hours as I slogged along into the gale. Again, no disrespect intended to the fine folks in KS; just my way of coping with a tough day on the bike.

J, taking my lead, has used F*** Illinois to describe his experience in the 300 and 600K brevets there, which were brutal. Please feel free to use this epitaph as needed in the appropriate geo-political division: "F*** ______" (Insert place name).

No worries :)Jervis
Jul 3, 2003 7:20 PM
Just curious. I've never ridden anywhere else so as far as I'm concerned Illinois is choice riding :)

re: being a complete cyclistxxl
Jul 3, 2003 7:21 AM
What, no track stuff???