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Would anything make you quit riding?(25 posts)

Would anything make you quit riding?AcesFull
Sep 4, 2003 11:24 AM
My bike gives a very rare and simple happiness, but sometimes I wonder if it's worth it.

I mostly ride in south Atlanta/Fulton County (Silk Sheets route) on the weekends. This weekend my group had the usual - a couple of close shaves, encounters with dogs, etc.

As an added bonus, for the second week, a local cop was hiding in the bushes at a very rural stop sign waiting to write citations to cyclist. Even tho we knew he was there and came to a complete stop, he still had to harass us.

After reading about cycling fatalites in the news, the general lack of respect that is given to us, and the cost of the sport; sometimes I wonder.

Would anything make you give up this sport?
Yeah, if my wife and I were having problemsOldEdScott
Sep 4, 2003 11:28 AM
I would devote my every waking moment all all my energy to fixing those problems. No damn bike. That's what I've learned today.
Wouldn't it help?PaulCL
Sep 4, 2003 11:35 AM
Riding clears my head and makes me a better man. If my wife and I were having problems, riding the bike would help me think more clearly. Of course, if the bike is the root of the problem...that's another story.

What would keep me off the bike??
....Having to work more to support my family
....My children or wife are ill and I want to devote my time to them
....My mother in law takes up cycling and wants to ride with me. Eeewwwww

Paul
That makes my daylotterypick
Sep 4, 2003 11:37 AM
you can teach an old dog new tricks. :)
I'm borned again! nmOldEdScott
Sep 4, 2003 11:42 AM
go ye forth and sin no more! (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 4, 2003 12:05 PM
LOL really funny. nmlotterypick
Sep 4, 2003 12:30 PM
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Nothing should make you give up what you love.MKD
Sep 4, 2003 11:52 AM
If you don't do what makes you happy, then what kind of life would you have. Yeah, there are some risk involved with cycling. I backcountry ski and climb. I take avalanche precautions very seriously, but it still doesn't stop me and I know I am at some risk no matter how careful I am. Same with mtn biking. A bad crash could kill you. I once landed on my head and neck after crashing and going over an edge with a 8 ft drop. I cracked my helmet in several places and suprised I wasn't a quad. I almost got hit by a car last week road biking, it was the first time I ever had fear on my road bike. The yahoo was passing another car on a downhill turn where it wasn't legal to pass. If I stopped doing what I love for all of these reasons, then I don't see why life would be worth living. I have kids and they mean the world to me, but I wouldn't be a good father if I wasn't happy. My kids come first, but I still have to take care of myself. If I was still married and rode (I started after I was divorced), I wouldn't give up riding because I wouldn't be the person I would want to be and that unhappiness would destroy the marriage eventually anyways. Sorry for all of the preaching.
Injury or illness. (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 4, 2003 11:43 AM
rigor mortis nmasphalt assault
Sep 4, 2003 11:47 AM
lol, I guess that would stop you. nmMKD
Sep 4, 2003 11:53 AM
nothing training wheels, duct tape, and a hill wouldn't cure-nmColnagoFE
Sep 4, 2003 12:08 PM
Good idea--the El Cid ride. nmContinental
Sep 4, 2003 12:22 PM
LOL! I saw that movie. ( nm)Chen2
Sep 4, 2003 1:12 PM
BeaurocracySprint-Nick
Sep 4, 2003 12:20 PM
Its a wonder of sport the ammount of beauracracy there is.
Beauracracy?Mel Erickson
Sep 4, 2003 12:35 PM
Men who stop riding because they get married?
A visit from the Grim Reaper......MR_GRUMPY
Sep 4, 2003 1:09 PM
But only if I loose the chess game. (or battleship )
Hemorrhoids? (nm)Chen2
Sep 4, 2003 1:14 PM
kids, trials, wife, injuries (can always mtb to avoid roads) nmDougSloan
Sep 4, 2003 1:15 PM
You ARE still alive!Humma Hah
Sep 4, 2003 2:56 PM
... I knew about the wife, kids, and injuries. I was wondering if a big trial was eating up the rest of your copious free time!
Traffic and poor roads did ...Humma Hah
Sep 4, 2003 2:00 PM
... about 22 years ago when I moved to Northern Virginia. I went from being an avid cyclist to a non-cyclist as a result of one week of trying to ride in Fairfax County.

I had just bought my first motor vehicle, and it was very easy to be seduced by the ease of turning a key.

At this point in my life, I'm so committed to cycling that I think the only thing that would get me off the bike is being too feeble to do it. Having seen how much my health improved as a result of resuming riding, I am certain that continued riding will postpone becoming that feeble. My family is prone to heart disease, and I know physical inactivity will kill me. I NEED to ride!
For a lot of us, that last sentence says it all! nmMShaw
Sep 4, 2003 2:37 PM
If I lost my arms and legsNASA Noddler
Sep 4, 2003 3:00 PM
absolutely nothing!Frith
Sep 4, 2003 4:07 PM
barring health issues that might physically keep me off the bike of course.
When it comes to significant others, if she's not able to recognize the value in what I'm doing (emotional/physical health benefits) then she is absolutely not worth investing any time into (especially cool sunny weekends ;-)
Maybe a North Dakota winterTNRyder
Sep 4, 2003 6:30 PM
It gets awfully cold up there! I will let you know in December after I get to Minot. Guess that I can always ride the trainer.