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stupid questions from your noncycling friends?DougSloan
Jul 29, 2003 6:41 AM
I'm sure we all get these. People know you ride, so they assume you are a pro and can answer all of their stupid questions. Here's our chance to show our arrogance and inherent superiority by mocking them (I've actually heard some variation of all of these):

*So, when are *you* going to ride the Tour de France?

*Can't I get a bike tire that will never go flat for my kid's bike?

*Why would you want to ride out there with all those cars?

*You must be crazy to ride in that heat/cold/wind/humidity..., right?

*My tire went flat. Should I get a new bike with better tires?

*I used to ride centurians when I was young. Do you do that?

*You mean you only got 10th place in that race [with 100 racers]?

*Why would anyone want to ride that far? I don't like driving that distance.

*Do you drink a lot of water when it's hot?

*Is that a 10 speed?

*Why would you want more than 1 bike?

*Do you know Lance Armstrong?

*I spent $200 on my bike. Is it a good one?


Doug <8-P
re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?Pinarelloparis
Jul 29, 2003 6:44 AM
why do you shave your legs? (especially from stupid follow high schoolers. grr)
re: my personal favoritesJuniorgriff
Jul 29, 2003 6:47 AM
I get these questions alot:

Do you wear those spandex clothes when you ride?

You only averaged 19 MPH for a 25 mile ride? I could do that.

I got this bike from K-Mart (or some other store) and its pretty light.
post-injury stupid questions . . .ms
Jul 29, 2003 6:58 AM
Here are some of the stupid questions I have received since I fell on July 3 (broken shoulder/ severe road rash):

1. So, you are not going to ride again are you? Answer: A silent stare. You all know the real answer.

2. Well, shouldn't this be a lesson to you? (in other words: stop now, the next time will be worse) Answer: No.

3. Weren't you embarassed when you went into the ER with your bloody butt poking out of your ripped shorts? Answer: Pain trumps embarassment. Plus, once you get used to wearing bright colored lycra, modesty/embarassment is no longer part of your emotions.

4. Are you going to listen to to doctor's advice (to stay off of the bike for 4-6 weeks)? Answer: See my post of July 22.
yup, same here. nmDougSloan
Jul 29, 2003 7:00 AM
re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?Dave Hickey
Jul 29, 2003 7:00 AM
* Rode 2 miles to my sons friends house to give him some money. The friends mother said " you rode ALL the way here on a bike?"

* getting home from a charity ride and being asked by a relative " did you win?"
In the same line as your #2...JL
Jul 29, 2003 7:37 AM
Don't you have a race coming up? (re: charity or organized ride).

Followed after the event by "Did you win?"

I've heard some variations of others people have written here also.

Happy riding.

re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?Fender
Jul 29, 2003 7:13 AM
- If Lance is in 1st place, why is he in the back of the pack?

- Are those saddles comfortable?

- Aren't you afraid your going to crash with your shoes locked to the pedals?

- If you train so much, why are you still tired?

- I just bought an Aluminum Mongoose. Can I go mountain biking with you?

And many more I've forced myself to forget over the years...
from my sister....gregario
Jul 29, 2003 7:19 AM
when hearing my wife & I were going to the World's in Hamilton: "Are you going to compete?" "Well why not, you're good enough?"
Stupid things around town.Juanmoretime
Jul 29, 2003 7:24 AM
I live in Urbana, Illinois. Champaign and Urbana, twin cities, the cities are all of 10 to 11 miles a cross depending where you are. Our city buses have bike racks on the front so you can ride the bus and take your bike along. I hate to say this to the people of my community, RIDE YOUR BIKE, IT'S NOT THAT FAR OR THAT MUCH OF AN EFFORT. OK, I feel better.
possibly some rationale?DougSloan
Jul 29, 2003 7:27 AM
Maybe if you rode to work in the morning on a nice day, then at 5 o'clock you have a raging thunderstorm. Could take the bus home?

I essentially agree with your sentiment, though.

When watching the Tour...kjr39
Jul 29, 2003 7:49 AM
...and knowing that LA is leading the GC...

Is that Lance?
re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?ajgibbons
Jul 29, 2003 7:52 AM
This one from Doug got me, "Why would anyone want to ride that far? I don't like driving that distance."

I've had times when I've driven past a place where I cycled earlier that day and three things usually come to mind: 1) that was a very enjoyable ride, 2) this is far, and 3) I don't like driving that distance.

My contribution to the list:
"You really liked doing the NYC Marathon, you should try the Tour de France."
You can ride 20 miles??? In one day???...asphalt assault
Jul 29, 2003 7:55 AM
A question asked by one of my wifes cousins.

I just smiled and nodded. I didn't want to sound snooty by saying "that's just a quickie when I don't have much time".
"4 hours without a radio? Don't you get bored?".Steve_0
Jul 29, 2003 7:55 AM

* "What if you get a flat?"
* "did you lose your license or someth'in?"
* "Nice bike. How many speeds?" (editor's note: FG bike).
* "isnt it too (hot) (cold) (humid) (rainy) (congested) (far) for a ride?"
* "I rode a century once. Mine was 20 miles; how far was yours?" (Editor's note: Note quite as common as "How far is your marathon saturday? My last was 5k".
re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?Oldtrott
Jul 29, 2003 8:11 AM
"you spent how much on that bike?!! They had a closeout at Wallmart and you could have gotten one for $49.00!"
re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?Scot_Gore
Jul 29, 2003 8:20 AM
In response to a statement from me that says something like
"I rode the bike up to X location"
I often get the immediate response:
"Yeah, but you din't ride your bike X location did you?"

The assumption seems to be that "X" was too far, too dangerous, or not posible to get there by bike and can't grasp the idea that people do it everyday.

re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?char
Jul 29, 2003 8:23 AM
What's wrong with you? Are you allright? Where's the Bike? (on the rare occasion that I took the bus to work)

re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?TheJoker
Jul 29, 2003 8:24 AM
"How many gears?" is a good one. My roadie has 18, my downhill has 9. Neither seem to impress very much...
Wow! how did you lose all that weight?MXL02
Jul 29, 2003 9:29 AM
Question from people who know I've been riding for 2 years, and think it's weird.
Or " you're lucky, you can eat anything you want and not gain""Dave Hickey
Jul 29, 2003 9:36 AM
Me thinks they're missing something
From my former company's CEOPseuZQ
Jul 29, 2003 10:04 AM
He was a heavy-set New Yorker, in visiting his wacky San Francisco office, and encountered me as I was coming in after commuting by bike:

"You don't do that every day, do you? Wouldn't that be [wait for it...] debilitating??"

(My commute is 7.5 miles each way..)
re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?PMC
Jul 29, 2003 10:59 AM
"Do you wear those little spandex outfits too?" normally from my boss when others are around.

I responded last time with - "I remember when you used to run. didn't you wear lycra shorts then?" (he did) He then said that he still ran in the mornings. I replied with "really? you don't look like a runner anymore."

another is
"doesn't your butt get sore on that little seat?"
What about those that hate cyclists and poorly mask feelings?AaronL
Jul 29, 2003 11:07 AM
I've heard all the above, but I've also come across those folks that don't like cyclists, and try to "convince" me that I'm wrong in what I do. It's the usual, "those guys run lights, and ride in the middle of the road." Sometimes I argue back, other times I don't say anything.

It really is strange how the average "'merican" views cyclists. We are annoying, at best.

There are no stupid questions, Timmy; only stupid people...rwbadley
Jul 29, 2003 11:26 AM
I wish I could remember where I first heard that one, SNL?

The one or two times I mentioned how much a (good) bike cost, the flabbergasted stare of disbelief that someone would spend that much on a 'toy'.

The usual 'you rode how far?' questions.

One from my Aunt, 'They just look so slow, pedaling furiously to go nowhere' Of course I had to point out the bike is the most efficient transport... etc.

And you do this for fun?

Why would you want to bike, when you can drive?
There are no stupid questions, Timmy; only stupid people...KRider
Jul 29, 2003 3:19 PM
I love that quote, its from South Park.


You're one of those guys with a $600 bike, aren't you?pmf1
Jul 29, 2003 12:34 PM
Sometimes I tell them that I have wheels that cost more than that. Sometimes I don't bother. Ever told anyone that you own three bikes worth thousands of dollars each? "Why do you need three bikes?" Good question really.
Stupid roommatesspincircles
Jul 29, 2003 12:40 PM
"How much to get a bike like yours?"
"What, you're joking?"
"Why would you spend that much for a bike?"
"I paid $250 mine (a mtb that will never see dirt), how much were yours again(said as if I threw my money away and am a fool)?"
a couple months later...
"How come my bike is all rusty?"
"How come my bike makes funny noises?"
"Can you fix my bike, it won't shift right?"
"Can you fix my bike, the brakes aren't working?"
"How come my bike keeps breaking?"
"Why's my bike so heavy?"
"Why's my bike so slow?"
"Will you help me get a bike like yours?"
re: stupid advice from your noncycling friends?mapei boy
Jul 29, 2003 12:52 PM
As I lean my Colnago against a wall -- "I'd invest in a kickstand if I were you."
re: stupid advice from your noncycling friends?ms
Jul 29, 2003 1:16 PM
Watch the look on their faces when you tell them that you couldn't afford a kickstand because you had to pay extra for the pedals on the bike.
I get the kickstand one a lot, plus..Jervis
Jul 29, 2003 1:26 PM
..why would you want to be ATTACHED to your bike? What if you fall??
..why do you have so many bike parts (I suppose that's a really good question. Can anyone really figure out how they accumulate so fast?)
..that's funny looking, why don't you have one with flat bars? (see's the mountain bike) "Oh, you do have one"
..part of last question - why do you have more than one bike?
..(sees other bikes) Jeeez!! how bikes does one guy need?? can you go pretty fast with that? (yet another logical question, but they don't realize just how fast we can go) that pretty light? rode HOW many miles yesterday?

People ask why I ride instead of drive as well. I always wonder why they drive instead of ride.

Be patient
wow --maximum15
Jul 29, 2003 2:03 PM
I must be lucky. Many of my coworkers are ex-cyclist and most are pretty interested in the bikes. A few ask why I have so many bikes (3). Some ask how far I live from work becasue I commute. I tell them 4 miles and they say "that's a long ride". Of course, I then have to tell them I make it a 8.5 mile ride in instead of going the short way. The only comment that bugged me was when I picked up a Bianchi. First day I rode it in, one girl said it was the ugliest green (celeste) she had ever seen.
Racing bikebyker
Jul 29, 2003 3:44 PM
When someone comes into the shop that I work at and asks for a "racing bike", that's my favorite!!!
re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?snapdragen
Jul 29, 2003 5:49 PM
Besides the fact that most everyone I work with thinks I'm some kind of amazon because I call a 30 mile ride a short one....

"I spent $200 on my bike. Is it a good one?"
Had the woman who sits next to me bring her Toys R Us Pacific bike in for me to look at....the handlebars were doing a 360 spin while the wheel remained stationery. "But it's a good bike, huh Janet?"

I put a picture of the USPS team up in my computer room window, with a Go Posties across the top. "Janet, are those the people you ride your bike with?" Uh, yeah, in my dreams....

Oh, I do feel sooooo superior now. Cheers ;-)
re: stupid questions from your noncycling friends?rogue_CT1
Jul 29, 2003 7:20 PM
You spent that much and didn't get an engine?