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Cycling truisms....( it's a slow Monday)(45 posts)

Cycling truisms....( it's a slow Monday)Dave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 8:37 AM
According to


\Tru"ism\, n. [From True.] An undoubted or self-evident truth; a statement which is pliantly true; a proposition needing no proof or argument; -- opposed to falsism.

I'll start it off....

1. You can go 2000 miles without a flat but the one day you forget a spare tube, you will flat.

How about some more????
It doesn't get any easier. You just go faster. (Lemond) nmSpunout
Dec 8, 2003 8:46 AM
There's always someone faster (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 8, 2003 8:48 AM
I'll bite...Gregory Taylor
Dec 8, 2003 8:54 AM
2. There will always be someone out there who is faster than you, so the trick is to be riding somewhere else when he or she shows up.

3. The slower guys usually have the best snacks.

4. You are only as old as the guys that you can drop.

5. Restrooms are always at the top of a hill.

6. Pain is weakness leaving your body. Or, more often, it is your lunch leaving your body.
If there's more than one bike - it's a race (nm)litespeedchick
Dec 8, 2003 8:56 AM
Brakes only slow you down!!!biknben
Dec 8, 2003 8:59 AM
"Pain is weakness leaving the body" is one of my all time favs. It is stamped on my dogtags. :-)
The bike cuts a hole thru the wind that money is thrown into(nm)hrv
Dec 8, 2003 9:00 AM
There is no 2nd place...just 1st looser (nm)biknben
Dec 8, 2003 9:02 AM
and Eddy Merckx is the biggest looser of all?cyclopathic
Dec 8, 2003 9:50 AM
after all he lost every 2 out 3 races he's done :)
Beware of racing someone with tennis shoes and a 70 schwinnDave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 9:19 AM
Looks can, and usually are, deceiving
Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever._rt_
Dec 8, 2003 9:29 AM
- the Replacements

The only way to get better at hills is to do hills (nm)CHRoadie
Dec 8, 2003 9:33 AM
Just as soon as you have the newest stuff...Colton
Dec 8, 2003 9:39 AM
something newer comes along!
If the riders in a group are of equal strength............BIG RING
Dec 8, 2003 9:55 AM
no matter time of season or pre-ride description, ie slow pace today, competition always wins out. Soon the group is anaerobic at the top of the hill when someone gasps, how did that happen, it's December?????
also-To be a better climber, climb better hills. nmMB1
Dec 8, 2003 12:33 PM
Riding changes you in weird ways.innergel
Dec 8, 2003 9:52 AM
When riding gets into your blood, it becomes part of your life force. The ride makes you a better person. Clears your head. Opens your heart. A richer life comes from it." from a Giant Bicycles brochure
Giant Brochureschbarr
Dec 8, 2003 11:56 AM
I have that pamphlet somewhere...

My favorite from that is "the day you stop riding is the day you die."

Given how I feel in the off-season (plus the fact that my mom's double-bypass is one of my ispirations), I put a lot of stock in it.
re: Cycling truisms....( it's a slow Monday)Juanmoretime
Dec 8, 2003 9:53 AM
The best part about riding a bicycle is riding a bicycle.

That what does not kill me, only makes me stronger.

There are those that have fallen and those who have yet to fall.

Nothing beats a smooth road and a strong tailwind.

If your not sure how to do something, pay somebody to do it because it will cost you twice as much in the long run.

If you thought you brought enough food and water for a ride, you will find out during the ride, you did'nt.

The tougher the ride, the better food and beer tastes afterwards.
While on your pig, off-season bike............BIG RING
Dec 8, 2003 10:02 AM
you get passed by a group of 150 lb. climbers on Superlights looking race ready.
re: Cycling truisms....( it's a slow Monday)VaughnA
Dec 3, 2003 9:04 AM
Racing: The guy in front of you is suffering just as bad as you are....He's just going faster doing it.
Crashing suckshrdcorebikerboy
Dec 8, 2003 10:23 AM
It always hurts, egos not withstanding.
don't buy upgrades.. ride up grades. nmcolker1
Dec 8, 2003 10:24 AM
You have just as much fun riding a $50 fixie as a $5000 bike nmDave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 10:39 AM
Bite your tounge...funknuggets
Dec 8, 2003 11:32 AM
please, how many freaking $50 LOOKs do you have???

I dont believe you one bit.

It sounded good didn't it?Dave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 11:38 AM
I actually have a $50 Gitane fixed that is as much fun as my other bikes BUT if you tell my wife, I'll deny it:-)
Until you hit that hill nmmapei boy
Dec 8, 2003 12:38 PM
If she doesn't like your "hobby" now....eyebob
Dec 8, 2003 10:56 AM
she won't like it after 7 years of marriage (or ever).

Doing squats is a pain in the a$$ (nm)funknuggets
Dec 8, 2003 11:09 AM
Buying pants off the rack after doing squat is a PITA (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 8, 2003 11:16 AM
what exactly is it that you are saying....funknuggets
Dec 8, 2003 11:30 AM
that after doing squats, it becomes difficult to get pants that fit... (which is true)

or that after doing squat... you become too fat to buy pants off the rack.

Funny thing is either one is likely correct!!!

And pardon my monday brain numbness, but what the heck is PITA?
PITA is "pain in the a......." nmDave Hickey
Dec 8, 2003 11:33 AM
Forgive me...Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 8, 2003 11:39 AM
PITA is "Pain In The Ass"

My point is that doing squats pushes you outside of conventional sizing. You may have a 32" waist, but you ain't fitting that booty into anything less than a 35".

To use a botanical term, I need to graft a 32" onto a 35" rootstock.

depends on geneticsColnagoFE
Dec 8, 2003 2:04 PM
I could lift for size all year long and my legs and butt still stay pretty thin. My butt and quads did get slightly bigger from squatting and deadlifting heavy, but not all that much.
Ride lots (nm)stratoshark
Dec 8, 2003 11:13 AM
Stop signs like to reside at the bottom of hills nmContinental
Dec 8, 2003 11:22 AM
Ooh, I hate that. nmAlex-in-Evanston
Dec 8, 2003 11:25 AM
Shimano is better than Campy (DOHHHHH!!!!!) nmfunknuggets
Dec 8, 2003 11:27 AM
I Got Two! (Hills & Wives)chbarr
Dec 8, 2003 11:52 AM
First, if the regular riders go through the trouble of (nick-) naming a hill or stretch of road (I did the "Devil's Backbone" this weekend), downshift. The more evil the name, the lower the gear.

Second, wives are more forgiving of bike expenses if you look better/lighter than when she met you!
re: Cycling truisms....( it's a slow Monday)Rode Warrior
Dec 8, 2003 12:38 PM
Your mind will quit before your body does.

Sadly though, my body quits very soon thereafter. :)
See a thumb tack at 40 mph but not the lawn at knee deep NMspluti
Dec 8, 2003 12:48 PM
You don't have to de faster than the dog....4bykn
Dec 8, 2003 1:32 PM
you only have to be faster than somebody in your group.

One of my faves.

Ride in Peace...Mike
When everyone says "I haven't been training much"...OffTheBack
Dec 8, 2003 2:44 PM
or "I just need to get some base miles", or something to that effect...

prepare for a hammer fest.
re: Cycling truisms....( it's a slow Monday)Spoke Wrench
Dec 8, 2003 4:00 PM
You don't stop riding when you get old,
You get old when you stop riding.

Half of every hill is down.
re: Cycling truisms....( it's a slow Monday)jpeezer
Dec 8, 2003 6:18 PM
strong, light, cheap. Pick two. Keith Bontrager
feel strong, fast, easy? tailwind or downhill.DanoK
Dec 9, 2003 12:48 PM