Why are MTB'ers nearly always a bit tubby?
I'm a triffle over weight and had noticed thats not that unusual in my age range on a bike (44 years old 97 kg 1.93m tall BMI 26, don't look that over weight but in the days when I ran and rock climbed I was 12kg lighter)
I wonder if like me they had ended up on an MTB in the hope the excercise would do some good. Perhaps more importanlt its an out door pursuite where weight carries less penalty than some but still gives a good grin factor.Posted 7 years agoMrSmithMember
waiting for the cricket to finish then going for a ride. 🙂
I have definately noticed that mtb'ers are getting porkier though,
however those mtb'ers who have taken to the road* have all lost their extra chins and got a lot fitter.
*happens to a lot of them when they reach 'middle age' the bike to work scheme probably has a lot to do with itPosted 7 years agoElfinsafetyMember
because nearly all people are a bit tubby ??
Bloody cheek Barnes! It's a 'winter belly'…. 😳
Generally, far too many people in the UK eat too much and don't exercise enough. Hence, you're gonna see a fair few portly folk out there on the trails. Mind you, I know some 'well upholstered' bods who are very fit and healthy, so there you go. I'm svelte because I smoke cigs and worry a lot.
I worry that Barnes will be cruel about my Winter Fuel Allowance…. 🙁Posted 7 years agobadnewzMember
i think the tubbiness comes from celtic ancestry, when people had to store up food like camels to get them thru the winters. look at rooney – super fit but even he's a bit tubby.
also cycling doesnt exercise your torso much. for mtbing, its all about the buzz, so you get the kind of people that like to indulge, meaning lots of booze and lots of food.Posted 7 years ago
We ride because we like it .
We drink beer because we like it .
We eat what we want .
We grow have leg hair because we are to busy drinking beer to shave .
We enjoy life in many aspects without caring what anyone else thinks .
Ever seen a shaven roadie on a $400 bike fitting in with the crowd ? Welcome to mountain biking where anyone getting out there and riding is welcome among us, judging a person on glistening calves and carbon dura-ace is a bloody sad affair .Posted 7 years agoMrSmithMember
lots of pictures on this forum of people enjoying themselves on their MTB's
but why are they nearly always a bit tubby? lots of baggy freeride jerseys failing to hide a bit of middle age spread, and cheeky smiley faces with double chins.
obviously there are the racing snakes out there but they seem few and far between.
myself i'm skinny and most of the people i cycle with are of 'normal build'.Posted 7 years ago
maybe the STW demographic is just more overweight than the norm?
or is a bike a lifestyle accessory that modern hectic lives only permit tubbies to indulge in a bit of cycling for a couple of hours a week?
Imagine working all week and turning up for a Sunday 12 noon ride all pumped and thinking your mates you are riding with are holding you back because they are hungover 😯
Stop – Start – Chat is great ! everyone is friendly , everyone is welcome , no one frowns at the noob who is 5 mins later arriving … and still give him time to catch his breath. Thats MTBing 8)Posted 7 years agocrikeyMember
Because it's not a sport as much as a leisure activity these days, with much more in common with rambling/walking than any form of competitiveness.
When I started it was about racing, and the rides we did reflected that. Now people take their wives and girlfriends out, for goodness sake!Posted 7 years agonicko74Member
Classic trolling, that.Posted 7 years ago
Combination of things – mtb'ing is an expensive hobby (at the level we do it), so the riders have to be slightly older to be able to afford it, hence more susceptible to podge.
And as someone said, mtb'ing is about fun, where road biking is a bit boring, so the only excitement is seeing how fast/ how far you can go.bolMember
You don't see many serious mountainbikers with fat legs though, however much of a gut they've got. Any sport you do sitting down isn't going to be great for the six pack.
I think a lot of people ride primarily for the fun/social aspect of it, with the exercise coming a fairly distant second.
Ultimately though, who gives a sh*t?Posted 7 years agojd-boyMember
What a KNOB, most of us ride our bikes for the social side, not to be going full tilt round the forest, mountains etc, we all have busy lives with work and family, and maybe some may have a few extra pounds BUT they are getting of their butts at the weekend and doing something about it. I myself am skinny but have to watch the colestral level and I need to get out on my bike just to make me feel better in myselfPosted 7 years ago
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