Are you a Cycling Dork?

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  1. Kupa

    Kupa New Member

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    Hi, my name is Steve...

    "Hi Steve"

    And I'm a bit of a dork at times. I tried those itsy bitsy mirrors that are about a half inch in diameter that stick to the inside of your glasses. They never worked at all. I could not get the mirrors far enough away from my eyes to see around behind me. If I held them with my fingers, in front of the glasses they would show me what was over my shoulder pretty well, but they never would work when applied to the inside of the lens. I also was paranoid that if I crashed they would somehow pop off and get into my eye.

    Cheers,

    Steve Cooper
     


  2. Brizza

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    Interesting thread.
    I use a camel because it carries more water (2 litres) and helps me carry tools to and from the race.
    On the topic of shaving, what about in winter if you don't have leg warmers?
    Hair free legs is a lot cooler in summer and makes it eisier to massage your own legs, it doesn't really help a massuer as they have better access to your legs.

    I'm tempted to try a mirror as it would save me time during breakaways or looking around during a sprint, has it worked for anyone?

    I'm a Knobbly by nature so I don't mind standing out from the skinny tyre riders.
     
  3. prestonjb

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    Fred

    Fabio

    Fred

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    A. Never wear look cleats or road shoes. Wear carbon soled mountain bike shoes and SPDs on your road bike.
    B. I always wear my shoes. I have high-end carbon ATB shoes I exclusively wear on my road bike with double-sided ATB SPD pedals. I ride a beater bike to work and on that I wear cannondale M series shoes... I get off the bike and lock it up and then walk into work, walk to lunch, drive the car, whatever. The only time I don't wear the cannondales is when I know I won't be on a bike all day.

    A. Not if you work in them all day.
    B. Not if you are working on a long-haul ride. What's wrong with eating lunch at a street side cafe' in your cycling duds?
    C. When "you" fix my lunch, change my wheels, or better still give me the wheel off of your bike and stay behind waiting for the team car while I ride off into the sunset... Perhaps...

    When you was *MY* bike after I finish my ride then I'll think about it. In the meantime buy a van specifically for hauling the bike(s) then this is not a prolem...

    Man... I've never seen this one before... Guess I'm passing those guys too fast...

     
  4. calibum

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    That's what I look like sometimes when I ride. Hairy legs, camelback, and kneepad. Helps keep the knee warm on cold days and stops it from hurting (old injury).

    If you ride, ride. Who cares if you look like a dork?
     
  5. Ralph Ray

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    I don't shave my legs but I shave my wifes legs for her. I do wear a Ultimate backpack on my 35 mile ride I do usually 6 days a week(it's hot here in Oklahoma) and I ocasionally wear my 91 team "Z" helmet on my rides. If your a decent cyclist and can hang with the rest, who cares. I love dropping all the legs shaving with all the latest tech stuff dweebs.And hey, if you like the pro team stuff, wear it! This is one hobby I been doing now for 16 years straight and no ones going to ruin it for me with their rules.
     
  6. NuTz4BiKeZ

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    The opposite appears to be true... I suffer some knee pain on my road, tandem and mtb, especially in larger gears climbing but on the recumbent no pain at all.

    But I guess riding a recumbent pretty much qualifies me as a dork in any case.:D
     
  7. Geonz

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    Proud to be dorky. Would much rather be a total dork than an elitist snob inventing arbitrary coolness rules. I left that behind somewhere around fourth grade.
     
  8. Arsbars

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    Being one of my first posts.. I'll grace this thread.. I'm a dork that uses a camelpak on hot days when I run outta water 2 hours into the ride if I dont. I'll sometimes wear my mtn bike helmet and take off the visor..I usually have tire/chain marks on my leg after long rides.. but thats from changing flats, or repairing others bikes. It also has to do with I am a dirt magnet. I work at a shop and I can't tell you the last time I went home clean...
     
  9. Randal Lovelace

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    Well, guess this will qualify me as a "Fred Flinstone", currently ride a Huffy BlueRidge 18sp MTB to work, wearing a Goldberg T-Shirt, and Hiking shorts with Tennis Shoes....and WHITE socks.
    My bike has one water bottle, with a air pump mounted under it, rear rack ('cause my lunch and work clothes got heavy on my back), I have a Bell Torchlight light kit (Halogen with side rays and a multi setting rear light)......can't wait to get my old Lotus Elan ready for riding.

    Just call me 'Fred' lol......
     
  10. Memphmann

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    I guess that I am safe from this list. I shave, just makes the girls go crazy. Wear team clothing fom the few teams that I have raced with. My helmet look cool, Specialized Sub 6.
    Even for my longer rides, I carry four bottles on bike and an extra in my jersey that is not tucked in.

    Here is another one for the list. A few years back, my team would have a Thursday night club ride for anyone to join. This 40's dude would show up on a hybrid with a child seat on the back. We made so much fun of him......

    Memph
     
  11. DurangoKid

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    A dork is usually easy to spot in any field endeavor. This person hasn’t mastered any of the finer points and, worse still, doesn’t seem to care to. Their lives are devoid of nuance and introspection. The tragedy in dorkism is that if the dorks would only get over themselves they would do better with the same effort and have more fun. This begs the question of what to do about dorks. Is it better to take the W.C. Fields approach and ‘never wise up a chump’? To let dorkism go unchecked could leave us the less-dorkish open to accusations of haughtiness and snobbery. Do we tolerate dorks only for the sake of having someone to laugh at? This seems to run counter to good sportsmanship.

    What if a dork could be helped out of his dorkishness? Often a simple question will get someone to consider something that hadn’t occurred to him or her. A kind suggestion in the form of a question is less confrontational and accusatory. It functions as an invitation to a finer appreciation without making target feel coerced or derided. Of course, there are those dorks who are impervious to knowledge and to those I say, “You Dork!”
     
  12. Geoff Hall

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    Damn! Can't be a dork. Anybody want to buy a mirror? Cheap!!
     
  13. Memphmann

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    Thinking of mounting alittle 12v battery and hooking up rear turn signals. Mount a switch on each handle bar. This could be way cool....

    Memph
     
  14. heater

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    Ok, I know a guy who wears boxers under his lycra! They bunch up around the leg. It looks awful. What is he thinking? I can't imagine it's comfortable.

    Saw a guy today riding a road bike and the only thing he was wearing was a speedo.

    The ultimate dork thing though, kickstands! Especially on mt bikes!
     
  15. wamara

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    Saw a guy wearing a life jacket while mtb....Dorkish. Turns out he had broken some ribs a while back and his wife wouldn't let him ride again without wearing the thing. Time to take up road riding perhaps?. He was also wearing full pants and arm warmers (did I mention it was 90 degrees out) apparently to ward off the chiggers. Anyway, I wish I would have taken a picture of him.
    Dork or Die hard...?? You decide.
     
  16. Memphmann

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    You got to be kidding me. A life jacket. Did you notice if there was a small school bus near by? If the pants were jeans, then I am LMAO.....

    Memph
     
  17. NuTz4BiKeZ

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    You sure... This sounds like one of those "I have a friend" type comments:D:D:D
     
  18. Fatherzen

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    I have been riding to work for a little over two years, so I may be somewhat new to cycling, but I am not new to being a dork.

    I had a mirror on my helmet for a while, but it came unglued. Now I have a mirror on my handle bar. I don't care if it is dorkish, I do care about seeing the traffic behind me.

    I have a team logo skinsuit I wear some of the time. I have limited funds, and I got it cheap on Ebay. I don't wear it to be cool.

    I wear a camebak. I have the Hi-Viz model, the kind that is international orange with reflective stripes. I wear it instead of a reflective vest.

    If that isn't dorkish enough for you, I also do my grocery shoping and errands on the way home from work. That means (horrors) that I some times wear my cycling shoes (with white socks and cleat covers), team logo skinsuit, and hairy legs into the bank and the commisary.

    I am almost 40 years old, somewhat overweight, and balding. I stopped worrying about what other people think of how I dress a very long time ago and I am much happier because of it.
     
  19. NuTz4BiKeZ

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    Good for you Fatherzen... The important thing is that you enjoy cycling :D
     
  20. JohnO

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    So what's wrong with a camelbak? I kept it from the MTB, and especially in the hot summer, it's terrific. Toss in some ice cubes, and it keeps cool until you drink it dry. Try that with a water bottle, and it's lukewarm in an hour.

    And I'm not shaving my legs - riding in skintight lycra is bad enough. I have a wife and two daughters that blunt every razor in the house, if I started that, I'd never hear the end of it.

    The ultra-traditionalist can reach absurd heights at time. Here I am, just out for an afternoon 50 miler, and they rag on me for my carbon beam bike (oooh - no seat tube!), tell me my helmet is out of style, don't like the way I carry water... the next thing, they'll be making snide remarks about my black socks.

    Geez, if it has two wheels and human power, it's a bicycle. If it holds water and keeps it cool, it's a good thing to carry on a hot day. And if I'm propelling myself instead of burning hydrocarbons, I'm doing something good.
     
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