How the spirit of cycling has changed

General cycling advice ( NOT technical ! )
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horizon
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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby horizon » 13 Apr 2016, 4:58pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:What kind of adventure might I be missing?


A tandem ride?
When the pestilence strikes from the East, go far and breathe the cold air deeply. Ignore the sage, stay not indoors. Ho Ri Zon 12th Century Chinese philosopher

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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby Geoff.D » 13 Apr 2016, 5:10pm

mjr wrote:
Geoff.D wrote:Alternatively, you might be missing the excitement of the 19th hole after a good round. :twisted: ? (which also requires a good divorce lawyer, I believe).

:eek: I think "19th hole" is a slang term for the club bar and not what that's suggesting, isn't it? :lol:


I know my golfing terms, mjr. But I've no objection to you interpreting it otherwise. For the purposes of replying to Bob's questions, either will do, I guess. Either way, he might end up with a convenient loss of memory, and the need of his solicitor's phone number. :roll:

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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby pedalsheep » 13 Apr 2016, 6:07pm

When that different way becomes all pervasive, shouts at us louder and louder and finally eclipses within our culture what for us perhaps is the joy of cycling, then yes. it causes a certain regret and disenchantment. This is what the writer was getting at. And if the kind of cycling that is dominant today isn't your kind of cycling it can be hard explaining to other people just how pervasive the promotion and representation of the new cycling actually is.

Nicely put Horizon.
'Why cycling for joy is not the most popular pastime on earth is still a mystery to me.'
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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby pwa » 13 Apr 2016, 6:12pm

On one of my usual routes through the lanes (25 miles or so) a few weeks ago I rode alongside a bloke on a carbon racer for several miles. He had all the gear, but he was thoroughly pleasant company and I was sorry when our paths went in different directions.

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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby cooper_coleraine » 13 Apr 2016, 6:20pm

For myself as a cycle tourist the biggest change has been the loss of the old YHA network of hostels with the requirement to arrive on foot or by bike. There was great comraderie in hostels as we shared the cooking facilities and undertook a little job before we left.

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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby Geoff.D » 13 Apr 2016, 7:32pm

cooper_coleraine wrote:For myself as a cycle tourist the biggest change has been the loss of the old YHA network of hostels with the requirement to arrive on foot or by bike. There was great comraderie in hostels as we shared the cooking facilities and undertook a little job before we left.


+1

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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby deliquium » 13 Apr 2016, 7:47pm

pedalsheep wrote:
When that different way becomes all pervasive, shouts at us louder and louder and finally eclipses within our culture what for us perhaps is the joy of cycling, then yes. it causes a certain regret and disenchantment. This is what the writer was getting at. And if the kind of cycling that is dominant today isn't your kind of cycling it can be hard explaining to other people just how pervasive the promotion and representation of the new cycling actually is.

Nicely put Horizon.


+1 (or should that be +2?)
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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby Mattyfez » 13 Apr 2016, 8:15pm

Different strokes for different folks.. I used a GPS fitness app for a bit when I got back into cycling about 2 years ago, it was interesting for a while, but found eventually I'd rather just ride.

No more thinking to myself that I was slower than my personal best due to headwind /wet/dog got in the way/didn't check tyre pressure properly before setting off /forgot to pause the app/auto pause didn't kick in quick enough.. Bleaegh..! :)

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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby reohn2 » 13 Apr 2016, 8:25pm

colin54 wrote:I love the amazing things you see whilst out and about, I saw some ostriches on Sunday.

Stopped and had a gander ( so to speak ), who knew they made a noise similar to a bongo being struck.


We've got some near by(what's good for the Goose,as they say).
Next time you go take a bongo drum with you and give it a good beating.
They go mad :shock: :wink:


That's the way to do it,
Banging on the bongos like a Chimpanzee,
That ain't working,that's the way to do it......
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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby reohn2 » 13 Apr 2016, 8:29pm

cycleruk wrote:
colin54 wrote:I love the amazing things you see whilst out and about, I saw some ostriches on Sunday.
Good luck to 'em.

I think that's an Emu. :wink:


E,a thouwt it were uh cow
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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby reohn2 » 13 Apr 2016, 8:30pm

colin54 wrote:I bow to your superior knowledge, lucky I never attempted to make a laboured joke about Ostriches, cyclists and sandy conditions.


Gritty humour is that :wink:
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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby reohn2 » 13 Apr 2016, 8:33pm

pwa wrote:I don't even know exacly what Strava is.........


It's people Staving to go fast than anyone else :roll:
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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby reohn2 » 13 Apr 2016, 8:34pm

fastpedaller wrote:What's GPS?


Go Past(other)Stava's
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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby david7591 » 13 Apr 2016, 8:35pm

Samuel D wrote:This is an ostrich.


Whilst that is quite funny, something carrying a camera was chasing the ostrich, so the bird rather than chasing the two cyclist we can see, could have been running away from something.

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Re: How the spirit of cycling has changed

Postby reohn2 » 13 Apr 2016, 8:36pm

iainb wrote:Certainly less cameraderie than there used to be in NE Essex.......


I thought the ladies were s'posed to be friendly enough :oops:
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