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I have now offficially "seen it all".(24 posts)

I have now offficially "seen it all".KG 361
Jul 25, 2003 9:58 AM
Today I walked in the local red-necked barber shop where talk is usually of baseball, football, and hoops. You know the kind I'm talking about-fish hanging on the wall, autographed photos of local boys who did good, Playboys under the bench, etc. Well, I look up on the TV and I think I here Bobke's voice! Sure enough, they have OLN on, not for fishing, but the Tour! OMG! They've BEEN watching it; they even thought that Tyler's ride was awesome! Somebody slap me, I think I've slipped into a parralell universe!
an Italian barber?DougSloan
Jul 25, 2003 10:03 AM
I went to shop just like you describe in Kansas City. However, the barber was from Italy, which could explain the interest in cycling.

The one on Broadway???funknuggets
Jul 25, 2003 11:53 AM
Just down a bit from the Uptown Theatre across the street on the east side of Broadway? North of Westport?

Jul 25, 2003 1:03 PM
It was downtown right around the corner from my office at City Center Square -- Carl's Barber Shop.

What were you doing in KC ?superdog
Jul 25, 2003 2:17 PM
I grew up there... I don't miss it either! Ran many miles there.
law school, lawyerDougSloan
Jul 25, 2003 5:12 PM
Went to UMKC law school, 84-87, then practiced there until around 94.

Perhaps Floyde is a frustrated Roadie (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jul 25, 2003 10:03 AM
Same thing here!hrv
Jul 25, 2003 10:16 AM
But it's in my living room! By a cyclist! Oh - by the way, my wife cuts my hair.

The same guys in my office that...biknben
Jul 25, 2003 10:35 AM
...give me crap for shaved legs and bike commuting are now asking me to explain stuff they see regarding the tour. Sure rag on me for 11 months and now become my best friend?!?

People have been coming up to me since the tour started. The guy sitting next to me, knowing I'm getting tired of it, is explaining stuff for me. Stuff like how Lance can be winning if he is always behind his team mates, etc.

He mentioned yesterday he saw the CBS coverage on Sunday and it was "really cool". This somehow gave him the ability to explain everything. I just nodded my head in agreement.
Here's your chance..newridr
Jul 25, 2003 10:56 AM
You said they rag on you for 11 months and now they are coming to you as the Tour Guru. Don't get tired of it! Take the time to explain the sport you love and maybe they will begin to see why you love it so much. The Tour is one of the greatest assets we as recreational cyclists/non-pro racers have to showcase our sport to the masses and help them to understand why we love it and why they need to share the road. Who knows, maybe they'll even get on bikes themselves and you can really show them what all that commuting has done for you level of fitness as you drop them, briefly, on the hills.
Great anecdote! (nm)Trent in WA
Jul 25, 2003 11:16 AM
more evidence of roadie elitismSteve_0
Jul 25, 2003 11:33 AM
I cant believe so many people are so amazed that 'rednecks' could enjoy the sport. Race fans need not be cyclists. Do you think these guys go out and play baseball, football and hoops on saturday? Of course not. They're sports fans who enjoy sports. Its that simple.

Not to mention they might actually BE cyclists. football fans and fisherman own bikes too.

Steve (A 12th year Eagles season-ticket holding hunter/fisher/clammer)
Jul 25, 2003 11:50 AM
well down here in Texas, I can say that I would be shocked to go into a barber shop like that one and see these guys WATCHING the tour. not just turned on for background noise, but actually watching it enough to know whats going on.

nothing elitist here. just a pleasant surprise that people that you wouldn't expect to enjoy a weird euro sport with a bunch of shaved leg guys in lycra are, in fact, enjoying it.

hey, some of my best friends are rednecks, and i do know rednecks that ride, but i've gotten more crap for being a cyclist from rednecks than anyone else bar none.
Jul 25, 2003 11:54 AM
nothing elitist about disparaging monikers towards those with different interests.
Jul 25, 2003 12:05 PM
only disparaging when the intent is ridicule. i use 'redneck' for those good ol' boys in rural areas (of which i have many friends AND relatives.)

in the case of the original post, i felt the term 'redneck' was used to give a clear picture of just what kind of place he was in. what would you have preferred he called them?
Jul 25, 2003 12:16 PM
I didn't realize 'redneck' was also a compliment.

So what kind of place was he in? Based on the given description, sounded like a sports-enthusiast's hangout. So whats the big suprise that a bunch of sports-enthusiasts would be enthusiastic about a sport?

earth to Steve_OKG 361
Jul 25, 2003 12:22 PM
These guys would likeluy refer to themselves as "rednecks". Not a slam, just the type of people that they are what their interests are.
Oh, really?KG 361
Jul 25, 2003 12:17 PM
I know FOR A FACT that BL (before Lance), these guys would not be caught DEAD watching a bunch of "pansy europeans' pedaling around on bikes. I wasn't saying this post in disgust or to look down on them; the fact that more people are even slightly more aware of our sport is good. In fact, 2 of the barbers are starting to ride their bikes again because of it. You need to take a few deep breaths and CALM DOWN.
You have green in your blood?Len J
Jul 25, 2003 1:51 PM
Been an Eagles fan since my Dad took me to Franklin Field in 1960. I get to the point I almost can't watch sometimes, I get too worked up.

Go Birds!

I bleed green.Steve_0
Jul 28, 2003 7:31 AM
Unfortunately; this is my last year live; the licensing fee is too rich for my blood. At least I'll get to eat while I watch.

Jul 25, 2003 4:58 PM
I'm a mountainbiker and I'm also a roadie, if you feel the need to stereotype me. You are just as guilty by painting "roadies" with a broad stroke as you do on a regular basis. You are confrontational on this board and everyones buddy on the mtb boards. We are all riders and a small harassed group as it is. These people you point the finger at probably ride a mountainbike as well. If they don't, who cares, they're BIKE riders just like you and me. The division you seek to point out is more gray than black and white.
No hard feelings I hope, just a "mountainbiker" defending his "roadie" half.

See ya on the trail or the road.

JohnnyO (from the mtb board)
Jul 28, 2003 7:27 AM
Im not bashing roadies; I'm bashing elitism.

more evidence of roadie elitismSintesi
Jul 25, 2003 7:39 PM
The guy from NBC (Celjic?) was saying the same thing. It's like when Woods was going for 4 majors in a row or Mcgwire was hitting 62. People are tuning in not because they are huge fans but because the want to see an athletic achievement.
here in NCtarwheel
Jul 25, 2003 12:21 PM
I dropped by a local bar with a friend after our Wednesday ride, and 1 of their 6 TVs above the bar was tuned to the Tour de France. The rest were all on ESPN or something like that. It seemed that most of the people who were actually watching the TVs were watching Tyler on OLN.