What defines a roadie?
Out for first proper ride on my new MEKK road bike today (very nice to ride) and my friend made the laughing comment about me being a roadie now. Got me thinking,what defines a proper roadie?Posted 4 years ago
To me its someone like Oldgit of this ‘ere parish, a club member, someone who races,someone who puts a lot of work/time into the sport etc. That’s not me, I’m just a plodder, just a cyclist..oldgitMember
None of those things really, though it helps. Odd one isn’t it. I ride with lots of people that race and work hard in the sport, but there’s something missing.
I’d put it like this. Find a known rider, someone with credentials. An old pro would be best, one that doesn’t suffer fools gladly. If you can ride with them, and I don’t mean to be able to keep up. If you can spend all day with them and just understand all the nuances, then you’re probably a roadie?
Oh and we dig out out MTB’s for winter, and even race them.Posted 4 years agobrooessMember
If you find yourself preferring to go out for a road ride most of the time, instead of the MTB…
Or you have more road bikes than MTBs in your collection
That’s when you know you’ve been lost to the ‘other’ side… 😉
But it’s all bikes at the end of the day, all good 🙂
+ I think when you ride with a club – that’s the traditional way to ride a road bikePosted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Got me thinking,what defines a proper roadie?
1. Someone who is attoning for sins in a past life by making absolutely bloody sure they never enjoy riding a bicycle.
2. A refusal to believe scientific data regarding hydration.
3. Complete faith that the only way to do anything is the way it has always been done.
😀Posted 4 years ago
Well I’ll never be a proper roadie – not fast enough, don’t want to join a club and too bloody antisocial!
Road riding is nice ( i would say that after buying a carbon road bike) and you can travel good distances, don’t need to be a racer or a club member to do that.
EDIT: Good point Rusty! 😀Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Defined by bikes:
A fixed wheel road bike
A race bike
A best race bike
A track bike
If I was a mountain biker, I’d have
A rigid SS
A long travel HT
A road bike
#ok, it’s a hub-geared, soon to be SS steel HT, but that’s because I’m a bike geek. To a roadie, it’s the mountain bike.
And shaved legs 😉Posted 4 years ago
Think many of us are just cyclist
Full sus big bike 26
Full sus 29 100mm travel
Ht 29 hub gear
Ht 26 xc race bike
Ht single speed
Full sus hack old sx 26
Sunday best road bike
Summer hack road bike retro steel
Winter/ touring bike surly lht
Pub bike 50s Raleigh 5 speed
Cx bike but not a full race one
Retro 26 xc race bike
OppsPosted 4 years agochivesMember
I’m not sure where I fit in then, rode 40 miles to the Quantocks, then 8 or so up and down the combes, then 40 miles home again. Some roadies did say ‘hello’ but I got an odd look whilst decending from the cafe to Kingston – chin on the bars arse in the air at a shade over 40mph, knobblies at 23 psi thrumming nicely.. (maybe I need a ‘cross bike)? Oh, and we have a dining table, but it’s not shiny and it’s in the kitchen!Posted 4 years agoHazeMember
Got a weeks holiday now on the mtb having ridden off road only a couple of times this year. Shall see today if my transformation is complete
Had my first off road blast for a couple of months on Thursday night, resulting in a slow motion OTB moment down a bank.
May have to get a track bike for this winter…Posted 4 years agobrooessMember
Someone who follows The Rules.
If you read these and think ‘what a load of pretentious old cobblers’ then you’re not a roadie
If you read them and hurry off to take your pump off your frame, polish your bike to pristine condition and line up your logos then, welcome, you’ve been well and truely bitten 😉Posted 4 years ago
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