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Old 11-12-20, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Quite frankly the old cycling nonsense of "suffering" is totally stupid.
that "nonsense" is only the soul of the sport
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Originally Posted by gene99 View Post
that "nonsense" is only the soul of the sport
A lot of people don't cycle as a "sport", with training regimes, and what have you. A lot of us cycle as transportation and simply because we like it.

Do I suffer at times? Of course, but it's not about the suffering to me, regardless of how much load I carry, regardless of that uphill or headwind. I enjoy it despite of those things, not because of it.

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Old 11-13-20, 06:33 AM
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But that suffering sure makes for some great cinema. See the segment at 1 hour and 1 minute (Caspar and Furlan abandoning the 2003 TDF):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUu0AoIDHkc
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Old 11-13-20, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by gene99 View Post
that "nonsense" is only the soul of the sport
And how exactly do you know that?
Are you an experienced competitive cyclist?
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Old 11-13-20, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by gene99 View Post
rejoice IGH. you don't know it, but you have already learned one of the greatest aspects of cycling: how to suffer.

the rest will come easily.
Maybe there is suffering in cycling but you definitely wouldnít know it from reading these forums.
Every other thread is full of posters discussing the most comfortable, dialed in saddle/fit ever, along with the most comfortable bibs ever, and of course the most compliant and comfortable carbon frame ever built.
How can there be suffering?
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Old 11-13-20, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
But that suffering sure makes for some great cinema. See the segment at 1 hour and 1 minute (Caspar and Furlan abandoning the 2003 TDF):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUu0AoIDHkc
That's racing. I find the subject matter boring, even if it s "great cinema. Those kinds of things are for people with training regimes and a lot of suffering "just because". I've never watched TdF, nor do I enjoy watching racing for pros.
I think I'd like CX just for the nuttiness of it. Not for watching, but actually doing it - and doing it on a level where it was still merely fun. It's the same with football ("soccer" for you yanks): It's fun playing, but I really am not interested in the pros, nor interested in watching anyone playing the game. The same goes for sailing, coastal rowing, or basically any other sport I can think of that is or might be fun to do yourself. Of couse, there are plenty of sports where I wouldn't think it would be fun to do at all (Hurdles, 100m, gymnastics, American football, road racing, and hundreds of other sports that just seems boring to me).
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Originally Posted by CargoDane View Post
That's racing. I find the subject matter boring, even if it s "great cinema. Those kinds of things are for people with training regimes and a lot of suffering "just because". I've never watched TdF, nor do I enjoy watching racing for pros.
I think I'd like CX just for the nuttiness of it. Not for watching, but actually doing it - and doing it on a level where it was still merely fun. It's the same with football ("soccer" for you yanks): It's fun playing, but I really am not interested in the pros, nor interested in watching anyone playing the game. The same goes for sailing, coastal rowing, or basically any other sport I can think of that is or might be fun to do yourself. Of couse, there are plenty of sports where I wouldn't think it would be fun to do at all (Hurdles, 100m, gymnastics, American football, road racing, and hundreds of other sports that just seems boring to me).
Some while ago I with some friends brought up the topic about which would be the most boring/pointless sport to watch in person. My version was rally raids, like the Dakar rally - the only place you'd know for sure to expect seeing someone driving by would be the start and finish of a stage. Then sailing was brought up and we all agreed that this one must be it - either you're are participating or not, there is no point to be a spectator.

And I agree that road racing (with the exception of crits) is up there too. It's mostly boring even televised, as it rarely matters what happens during the first 80% of the race. Not that a whole lot would happen anyway.
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Old 11-13-20, 09:36 AM
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A lot of people don't cycle as a "sport", with training regimes, and what have you. A lot of us cycle as transportation and simply because we like it.

Do I suffer at times? Of course, but it's not about the suffering to me, regardless of how much load I carry, regardless of that uphill or headwind. I enjoy it despite of those things, not because of it.
Cargo, My original comment was meant in a light hearted way. And, whether you choose to recognize it or not, "suffering" that ennobles great racers (and lesser ones too) has been an element of cycling as a sport, and a large part of its mythology, since the beginnings of the Tour de France. I happily view cycling as a big tent that can include sport, transportation, design and innovation and even political action. I choose to recognize all of them. I have suffered on the bike; I recommend you try it some time.
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I know that, because it is writ large in the history of bike racing. Here is one example: https://www.theguardian.com/environm...riders-fitness

I have competed, yes. But one does not need to compete to suffer on the bike. Perhaps you have and just didn't recognize it.
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Cargo, My original comment was meant in a light hearted way. And, whether you choose to recognize it or not, "suffering" that ennobles great racers (and lesser ones too) has been an element of cycling as a sport, and a large part of its mythology, since the beginnings of the Tour de France. I happily view cycling as a big tent that can include sport, transportation, design and innovation and even political action. I choose to recognize all of them. I have suffered on the bike; I recommend you try it some time.
I have already said I suffer at times, and that I like cycling despite of it. I will let the rest of the parts I bolded stand there.
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Old 11-13-20, 09:48 AM
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and how comfortable is that dialed in saddle on the 25th section of Pave in the Hell of the North?
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Old 11-13-20, 10:00 AM
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and how comfortable is that dialed in saddle on the 25th section of Pave in the Hell of the North?
I live in Denmark. We have plenty of cobble stoned streets here. I don't need to race to "suffer" or find something uncomfortable or having to stand so my fillings won't shake loose. And I don't need to pretend I like to suffer or some other idiotic machismo.

Try doing those same cobbled streets with 40 kilos of cargo (or child) while jostling motor vehicles and riding a bike much longer and wider than those race bikes. Maybe your unloaded racing bike (or those you have seen on telly running on cobble stones) isn't so unique when it comes to not being comfortable.
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Originally Posted by gene99 View Post
that "nonsense" is only the soul of the sport
May only for less than 1%.

I have been riding bikes virtually my whole life, and enjoyed every minute of it. The moment I start to suffer when I ride is when I will get rid of them.

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Old 11-13-20, 10:10 AM
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The "suffering" notion is something embraced by those folks who are ultra passionate about racing and personal visualizations of racing. Many see themselves as following the pros and the intense training it takes to be a pro. That ultra-passionate group of folks have historically dominated the 41 for many years, with many of them even denigrating others who don't see it the same. To put it bluntly, if you weren't willing to suffer when you got on your bike you weren't a "serious cyclist".

Such rubbish. I'm happy to see more recreational cyclists finally and confidently pushing back against the nonsense. You can be as passionate as you want about cycling but don't try to paint everyone else as unworthy or inferior. The majority of cyclists actually ride recreationally with no urges to compete or race whatsoever. For them it's not even a "sport", it's an activity. Different strokes for different folks.

By the way, the only thing more boring than watching bike racing in person is watching golf on tv.
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I don't even consider them passionate about cycling as such. I see them as ultra-passionate about training, not the actual cycling, if that makes sense.
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I have been riding bikes virtually my whole life...
You should try riding one in real life. They can be quite fun!
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I might understand the op's predicament. I don't think I would like riding near as much if I hadn't rebuilt my own vintage lightweights, didn't know much about bikes, and only rode heavy 3-speeds with 35mm tires. If my town didn't have all its bike infrastructure, that would be another reason to be uninspired.
I would love to build my own bike, but hear it's a LOT more expensive. Is that true? I'm told bike shops buy in such volume you can't beat their prices on individual parts
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Not if the frame and parts are used. And especially not if you're like me, and have enough spare wheels and components to build up several bare frames.
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I live in Denmark. We have plenty of cobble stoned streets here. I don't need to race to "suffer" or find something uncomfortable or having to stand so my fillings won't shake loose. And I don't need to pretend I like to suffer or some other idiotic machismo.

Try doing those same cobbled streets with 40 kilos of cargo (or child) while jostling motor vehicles and riding a bike much longer and wider than those race bikes. Maybe your unloaded racing bike (or those you have seen on telly running on cobble stones) isn't so unique when it comes to not being comfortable.
OK Cargo, I get it. You don't suffer on the bike. You don't want to suffer. You don't want to recognize that it is a central tenet of the mythology of cycling. Instead you want to insult those who do. You win. Live long and prosper. See you out there.
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wow. you might want to look up "literal" and "humorless".
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I would love to build my own bike, but hear it's a LOT more expensive. Is that true?
You have to invest time and $120 or so in bike specific tools to add to your standard toolbox. Do it a time or two and it pays for itself. Do it twenty times, and it can pay for a nice stable of bikes that you can keep perfectly tuned for eternity.
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OK Cargo, I get it. You don't suffer on the bike. You don't want to suffer. You don't want to recognize that it is a central tenet of the mythology of cycling.
Thatís just it, itís not the central tenet. The vast majority of cyclists ride recreationally. Only a small minority of individuals who choose to pursue racing see suffering as a central tenet of cycling. To the others itís just an occasional inconvenience of trying to enjoy oneself.
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To the others it’s just an occasional inconvenience of trying to enjoy oneself.
Yeah, but hopefully these people understand that they will never get any more fit or faster, just riding with the same exertion level as they would when walking. They won't burn many calories either. To my mind, these people probably ought to be riding ebikes. Or should just stick with walking as an exercise.
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Yeah, but hopefully these people understand that they will never get any more fit or faster, just riding with the same exertion level as they would when walking. They won't burn many calories either. To my mind, these people probably ought to be riding ebikes. Or should just stick with walking as an exercise.
I don't think most recreational cyclists worry about getting "faster", the journey is the reward, that plus reaching where they set out to reach.

Also, you can cycle hard enough to get/stay fit without suffering. And don't demean walking, you can walk briskly enough to get an aerobic workout yet still not be suffering.

Even joggers can get/stay fit without suffering, and they're moving their own body weight unassisted. That "suffering" concept is just a schtick for some racing enthusiasts as far as I can see.
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OK Cargo, I get it. You don't suffer on the bike. You don't want to suffer. You don't want to recognize that it is a central tenet of the mythology of cycling. Instead you want to insult those who do. You win. Live long and prosper. See you out there.
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