Friday, April 24, 2009

When Bikes Were Made Of Steel And Men Were Made Of Iron

Quite a different breed from todays pencil-pusher, frappuccino swigging cyclists of comfort and convenience. "I need a triple/compact to climb" "I prefer carbon for its ride dampening quality and lightness" "I tend to carbo-load the night before a long ride" "I am going to go for a five hour ride and try to maintain 180 watts" "I can't go today - tomorrow is my fast-short THEN saturday is my long-slow" STFU and ride.



14 comments:

G.S.GUCCILIFE said...

You forgot to add the nail polish.....man,cant stop laughin!

Tyler said...

STEEL IS REAL

beardsarefun said...

i was randomly thinking back to stories of races where cyclist would stop at a blacksmith to repair a bent fork and had skills...were self-sufficient. Nowadays, more and more cyclists are useless and cant change their own flat let alone throw in a new cable or straighten a derailleur hanger. On the positive side, modern bikes are making cycling more enjoyable to new riders and there are more and more cyclists on the road...naturally they all can't meet our high-standards though right? jk >: )

clintpatty said...

Ahh yeah back in the day when real men climbed slower and had to get knee replacements

Anonymous said...

let's make that dirt track

marshmallow said...

let's dig us a velodrome

G.S.GUCCILIFE said...

Ahh yeah back,today real men climb faster and then die ,for post doping usage....

JSFixed said...

hey so were trying to get some bike polo started down here in birmingham... not real sure when we are meeting but would somebody be down for playing with us???

http://www.birminghambikepolo.blogspot.com

beardsarefun said...

our grandfathers suffered through it like men and suffered later on in life but perceviered...then drank heavily and beat their wives...jk I guess the point is todays cyclist is a different breed and i am overall thankful that it is more prevalent in society.

As far as the dirt track, ha, i wondered why nobody was as excited about it as me. hell yeh that would be tight.

we have a couple groups in huntsville that play polo already. we went down and played at jarrod's thing last fall. i'm sure we can make it down one day to play; sunday works best for most of us. maybe you can get something organized by this next weekend?

JSFixed said...

yeah i'll try and all bici opening up this week so we'll see

clintpatty said...

I just rode my fixed gear over Cecil Ashburn, and it was actually easier than I expected. I didn't walk any. But my bike is different than last time I tried it. The only reason I didn't ride a triple is because it's getting the bottom bracket replaced now.

beardsarefun said...

did you come from hampton cove or jones valley? what gearing did you use? i use compact on my road bike... wish i had a triple on some stuff but i like my bike fine as is. Maybe we will do a group ride up cecil together one day. how long did it take light to light?

clintpatty said...

Jones Valley. Coming from Hampton Cove today, will be worse. I used 39x16, which is what I've taken to every Tuesday ride. I don't know how long it took me. I wouldn't want a road bike with a triple either. Mountain triple shifters/derailleurs are a lot better than road ones.

clintpatty said...

how real mean ride