What is an experience cyclist?

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What is an experience cyclist?

Postby Philip Benstead » 9 Oct 2014, 12:17am

On a other tread, somebody stated they were an experience cyclist.

Question

What is an experience cyclist?

How you measure it

How many miles do you need to ride per year
How many places do need to go?
How many events do you need to ride?
How many events do need to organise

Anything else.
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 9 Oct 2014, 9:58am

If you have been cycling before then you are an experienced cyclist.

Of course the level of experience will then grow...
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby foxyrider » 9 Oct 2014, 10:30am

Its the degree of experience i guess - you could be an experienced tourist but never raced, doesn't make you less experienced just means your experience is in a different area.

I can claim a wide range of experience with cycling from event organisation to touring, racing on the road to single track mountainbiking - i'll have a different hat on depending what i'm riding or even wearing!

I would say competence is a better term to use
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby Mick F » 9 Oct 2014, 11:12am

I usually state that I'm an experienced and competent cyclist. Actually, it's very obvious just watching me ride.

I see all sorts of riders out there on the roads, and you can tell the experienced ones from the inexperienced ones almost immediately you clap eyes on them. It's the style and the fluidity of movement, plus the positioning and bike control that tells the tale. It's not kit or bling, or bike or speed (or lack of it). It's like that song ......

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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby tatanab » 9 Oct 2014, 11:20am

An experience cyclist must be one who rides for a particular experience in the same way as adventure tourists seek a particular experience such as bungee jumping a particular drop.

if you mean experienced, then you are missing a major category in your definition. To be an experienced cyclist you need experience of unicycles, bicycles, tandem bicycles, tricycles, tandem tricycles, recumbents in several flavours. If you do not have these then you are merely an experienced bicyclist :P

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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby Vorpal » 9 Oct 2014, 11:47am

What does organising events have to do with being an experienced cyclist?
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby TrevA » 9 Oct 2014, 11:59am

I have clubmates who have been riding for years, but are bordering on dangerous - they weave and wobble all over the place, don't obey the rules of the road or stick to group riding etiquette, often riding 3 abreast or riding right out in the middle of the road.

I have other clubmates who've only just started riding and i consider safe - they ride sensibly and don't take risks and are aware of what's going on around them.

So I would consider an experienced cyclist to be safe, considerate of others and aware of what is going on around them.
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby beardy » 9 Oct 2014, 12:06pm

So I would consider an experienced cyclist to be safe, considerate of others and aware of what is going on around them.


I think that is a good cyclist rather than an experienced one.

I would say an experienced cyclist is just one who has done a lot of miles or hours on a bike, it really is that simple.

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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby whoof » 9 Oct 2014, 2:27pm

As above.
Just look at driving. I can think of two groups; Taxi Drivers and White Van-man who have thousands of hours of experience of driving and do as a 'profession'. Are they better drivers than the genreral driving population, I think not.
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby maxcherry » 9 Oct 2014, 2:50pm

I don't know. I am one of those that tends to tootle around on my bike.
I stop for lights and crossings, i also give way more often than not as i am never in a rush.
I know my hand signals and have only fallen off, when i'm trying to mount my bike (Not drink related)
Never raced or toured, unless you count getting lost as touring :D
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby Mike Sales » 9 Oct 2014, 3:12pm

"Max Cherry"

Elmore Leonard fan?

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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby Mick F » 9 Oct 2014, 4:11pm

whoof wrote:Perhaps it's like wine. Drinking a lot of wine does not make you a connoisseur just someone who drinks a lot.
:lol: :lol:

The person may drink a lot, but he/she will be an experienced drinker. :wink:
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby maxcherry » 9 Oct 2014, 5:38pm

Mike Sales wrote:"Max Cherry"

Elmore Leonard fan?



I loved the book and the film :D
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby yakdiver » 9 Oct 2014, 6:09pm

Some one who has ridden thousands of miles without an accident,
that not experienced that's b****y lucky
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Re: What is an experience cyclist?

Postby Ayesha » 9 Oct 2014, 6:36pm

10 yards ( two crank revs ) unassisted and without stabilisers.