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What keeps you engaged to cycling as an activity?

Old 02-24-19, 12:50 PM
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The free hookers and blow.
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Old 02-24-19, 03:19 PM
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It's something my wife and I have enjoyed together since meeting in College back in 1970. There are certain trails we enjoy all around the country and try to travel to see the sites, ride the trails, met the people and most of all EAT THE FOOD!
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Old 02-24-19, 04:43 PM
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Thanks to me becoming fully engaged in cycling to fix my weight problem (dropped 50 lbs in the first 18 months), and then continuing to be engaged enough to achieve an FTP60 of 3.3 w/kg, and a max. of 1080 watts (for a couple seconds), I'm now fully engaged in fixing my patellar tendonitis, hardly riding at all, and am getting fat again. Full circle.
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Old 02-24-19, 07:25 PM
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The free hookers and blow.
Does Robert Kraft now about this?
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Old 02-24-19, 09:51 PM
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I can get away from people because I’m the only serious cyclist for miles plus the endorphins that give that natural pain killing buzz. Also I can access miles of gravel roads from my garage.
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Old 02-25-19, 08:34 AM
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What Barrettscv said except no electronics, not even a phone, and I don't care for working on bikes. I'm a car mechanic and I've worked on enough crap. I wish my bikes would stay clean and maintain themselves.
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Old 02-25-19, 09:45 AM
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What Barrett said. There are inside dogs and outside dogs and I'm an outside dog. For example, I dislike indoor tennis and don't do it, but skiing, hiking or most anything outside I'm drawn to. There is a meditative aspect to spinning the pedals I also like as well as puttering with the bike. I enjoy the club rides though I mostly ride by myself.
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Old 02-25-19, 03:31 PM
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It’s that quote by the late Robin Williams a classic bike enthusiast that describes my love for riding. He said “it’s the closest I can get to flying”. Riding is my freedom. There is the thrill of breaking PRs over and over, learning how to ride a course faster and faster. And then there is the collection of bikes that hold your imagination captive all winter. My reacers whisper to me “ride me! Ride me!”.

Spring fever is very real.
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Old 02-25-19, 03:34 PM
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The free hookers and blow.
Are you Scarface??
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Old 02-25-19, 03:34 PM
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I don't actually ride bikes but it makes a good cover story for my lycra fetish and eating disorder.
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Old 02-25-19, 05:20 PM
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Old 02-26-19, 07:41 AM
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Exercise jones.
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Old 02-26-19, 08:00 AM
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Too many bikes that need to be ridden, too many tires, cables, chains and bar tape that need to be worn out. I can't keep buying this stuff if I don't ever use it. So I ride occasionally in order to justify the expense.
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Old 02-26-19, 08:18 AM
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I don't actually ride bikes but it makes a good cover story for my lycra fetish and eating disorder.
right?!
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Old 02-26-19, 11:49 AM
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Escape from the daily grind. Stress free environment. There aren't many problems that an hour or two on the bike won't solve!
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Old 02-26-19, 05:34 PM
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It's the fastest way I know of, to get a rush of "everything's gonna be all right" hormones. Somehow, post-ride, pretty much any bad situation suddenly seems fixable.
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Old 02-26-19, 06:55 PM
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Most of the above. I've been riding since I was a kid and am now almost 55. Still love it, love being outside, fresh air, scenery, the challenge.
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Old 02-26-19, 10:39 PM
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Love it all...

Retired and struggle against only two things. N+1 and the six weeks of winter here. OH, and I can't find a door sign that says "closed" on one side and "gone fishing" on the other!
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Old 02-27-19, 08:09 AM
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It's mostly commuting that keeps me engaged through the winter months, and when it warms up I want to knock the rust off. And then the long rides are "my time", breaking out of routine and spending 2 or 3 hours just doing something that I enjoy.
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Old 02-27-19, 10:23 PM
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Cycling for me burns off the "edge" of a long day. Even a small amount ( compared to years ago) works wonders for me. I also like to use a bike to run errands if possible. Living near a beach in socal makes it easier and sometimes faster to go someplace and not have to hunt down a parking spot which can be nearly impossible to find at certain times. Cycling also allows me to ride paths that have next to nobody on compared to streets. Birding and wildlife interests make cycling the best mode of transportation for that. It also keeps down the money needed to buy fuel for the vehicle.
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Old 02-27-19, 11:30 PM
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For me it is the most effective form of transport for many things like going to work and buying groceries.


As I am pretty much only an urban rider, I never have an issue with parking anywhere, which had become quite problematic for me with my car.


Also I have saved a small fortune by being "Car Free" for the last two or so years.


When it comes to exercise, the exercise is a bonus only, as I prefer other activities to cycling to get an exercise fix.
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Old 02-28-19, 12:13 AM
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It keeps my heart healthy while the rest of my body falls apart around it.
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Old 02-28-19, 12:26 AM
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I don't actually ride bikes but it makes a good cover story for my lycra fetish and eating disorder.
Good one...BTW, is Sacramento under water by now. It is raining dogs and cats here.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...n-catastrophe/
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Old 02-28-19, 10:34 AM
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Old 02-28-19, 11:32 AM
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Good one...BTW, is Sacramento under water by now. It is raining dogs and cats here.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...n-catastrophe/
Nah. River is a bit high, but still a few feet below flood stage.

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