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Popularity of Road Riding(16 posts)

Popularity of Road RidingWoof the dog
Nov 25, 2003 4:49 AM
Does anyone else feel as if we had like... a lot more people riding, cycling would lose its specialty? I sure don't want any more pricks out on the roads. I just want to ride my bike where there are no people. Thank god for beer and football.

and yes, i do wave to anyone on the bike, you fools.

woof the dog.
Not really.......divve
Nov 25, 2003 5:18 AM
.....it sure is better/safer riding in many European countries compared to the US. Car driver here actually have consideration for cyclists and the road systems are designed with cyclists in mind. I think there's less chance of running into a prick when cycling is part of everyday life.
Totaly agreehudsonite
Nov 25, 2003 5:34 AM
The more riders, the safer it is for everybody.
If everyone was on a bike we wouldn't have to worry about cars..dave11
Nov 25, 2003 5:54 AM
cyclists have taken over the roads in my area!ignazio
Nov 25, 2003 6:13 AM
Well, not really but here in NJ there's been a huge increase in the number of riders. 11 years ago when I first started out I'd come accross another rider every couple DAYS. Now, I've developed tendonitis in my left elbow for all the waving I do to other riders! Maybe it's Lance. Maybe it's good.
Troll ?filtersweep
Nov 25, 2003 6:23 AM
Are you some reactionary that thinks you are cool because you have to go against the grain all the time?

Why do you ride? Do you enjoy it for any of its health benefits? For being outdoors? Any endorphins? Fresh air? The feeling of flying down to road under your own power? How it gives you a ripped body? The camaraderie of a fast and brutal training ride?

Or are you slavishly into the fashion of it all?
Troll ?Woof the dog
Nov 25, 2003 11:06 AM
I just typed up a lengthy response, but I caught myself and I will just write a lot shorter of a reply:

I am not a troll, I am just being sincere about my passion and quest to simplify my life. I ride without a helmet a lot because it is a real big freedom issue for me, though I realize the dangers. Riding alone is how I express myself for myself, and I do not need to prove anything to anyone. I love endorphins, I love being outdoors, I love racing bikes but that provides enough excitement for fast and brutal rides. The rest of the time I love being alone on a lonely road. Going against the grain is necessary to challenge my own views on things, I am not challenging yours.

Hope you understand

Woof the dog.

P.S. See, it is still too long. Sometimes saying nothing says it all.
"I sure don't want any more pricks out on the roads."filtersweep
Nov 25, 2003 3:46 PM
I'd love to have read your diatribe explaining that one... and how you are not a troll.

I guess other riders really don't affect me- for some reason, my solo rides remain solo rides.

I still fail to see how the "popularity" of cycling has anything to do with anyone's enjoyment of it. If road biking becomes too passe for you, ride a fixie... or a unicycle...
"I sure don't want any more pricks out on the roads."Woof the dog
Nov 25, 2003 4:28 PM
haha, whatever dude, go ride your bike.
Move to where it's less crowdedbimini
Nov 25, 2003 6:27 AM
I live in Iowa and have the opposite problem. On my normal loops I may only see one or two riders going the opposite direction and rarely do I find someone else going the same way (and this is in a college town with 35,000 kids). Even on the MUT right through the center of town and through the campus, you rarely see a road bike. Most folks don't understand road riding and think of us as a bunch of odd ducks. Fortunately we have RAGBRAI every year that does a great job of raising the awareness of our "hobby" in the state and helps educate the farmers in the pickup trucks not to run us down when they pass us on the roads.

When you do hookup it's rare so I always pace the other rider for awhile and chat. Since, it's rare, most are more than happy to have someone to chat with for awhile.

Since, it's such a small group out road riding, I've gotten to know almost all of the racers and most of the group ride folks.

Here, it's almost impossible not to find solitude on the road. If you want company, you have to go out of your way to find it.

Go Hawks!
One of my favorite times to ride is during Dallas CowboysDave Hickey
Nov 25, 2003 6:45 AM
games..... I never have to worry about traffic. During games, I could ride down the middle of Interstate 35 if I wanted:-)
I did the same during the Browns/Steelers game ...jmr986
Nov 25, 2003 7:05 AM
even thought I'm a big football fan and this is a huge rivalry, it was in the 60's lsat Sunday had to ride. Did catch the game though and missed nothing.

But, traffic volume was well below usual. So I got to enjoy a rare warm November, and probably my last warm weather ride.
OTOH, watch out after the game. I live near a stadiumSpunout
Nov 25, 2003 7:21 AM
and the noise, commotion, and general redneckedness fuelled by beer and fat men in tights stirs them into a frenzy!

Be safe out there!

PS: Fat men in tights refer to the football players ;-)
I did the same during the Browns/Steelers game ...tmotz
Nov 25, 2003 10:44 AM
Last Saturday was the Michigan vs.O.S.U. game ,great time to ride.No one on the roads enjoying the weather.
Other side of the coinwooglin
Nov 25, 2003 7:40 PM
I worry that if bikes become too mainstream some idiot politician will start making idiot rules. The last thing I want is to be relegated to a bike lane, or worse yet a bike path.
Other side of the coinWoof the dog
Nov 26, 2003 10:45 PM
true, that is another thing i worry about. So far, nobody has paid much attention to cycling, and that makes it as free as it could probably ever be. But once popular we will be a lot more limited and closely watched by law enforcement. Soon they will pass mandatory helmet laws etc.
Stupid jerks...

Woof the dog.