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Is it imasculating for a grown man to ride a bicycle?


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#1 of 61 Inspector Hammer!

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Posted April 01 2006 - 08:02 AM

Okay, i'm 33 years old and I don't drive (don't want to get into why right now), my primary modes of transportation are public transit, my feet and now a bike. I've never complained and I usually used to walk to and from work everyday, it was a 45 minute walk and about 4 and half miles each way.

In my eyes walking is good for you, anyway, so I didn't mind it at all.

Anyway, for a couple of years i've been meaning to buy a bicycle to get back and forth to work on and finally two weeks ago I pulled the trigger and bought a nice men's bicycle from Wal Mart.

I've been riding it ever since and i'm loving it, it only takes me 18-20 minutes to get to work as opposed to 45, so that's great. But, here's my problem, I feel really self-concious on it, maybe it's because up until I bought it the last time I rode a bike was almost 17 years ago and i'm not used to being on it just yet.

What really compounded this feeling was I was watching an episode of VH1's I Love Toys and one of their features was the bicycle, they made it sound as if bicycles were toys only to be ridden by children, that really made me feel wierd about owning and riding one.

I see adults riding bikes all the time but they are usually big ten speeds, mine is a modest but very nice XR-75 Mongoose 21 speed with 26" wheels, i've made some additions to it by buying a new seat (the one it came with was too small and too hard) with a flashing tail light built-in, a headlamp for the handlebars, a water bottle for the Summer that mounts to the frame and an on-board computer with an Odometer, Speedometer and distance timer display that mounts on the handlebar as well.

To me, riding a bike will be great for both my cardio vascular and resperatory systems in the long run and also gives my legs a nice workout everyday.

Anyway, i'm rambling, my main question is is it considered imasculating for a 33 year old guy to ride a bicycle? Maybe i'm just being silly, but you tell me. Posted Image
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#2 of 61 Patrick_S

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Posted April 01 2006 - 08:13 AM

Is the Tour de France a children's event?

Riding a bike is not emasculating and furthermore why would you care what other people think?

Enjoy the bike and stopping worrying what other people think.

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Posted April 01 2006 - 08:16 AM

Well, I don't care what people think, really, but the bike I bought doesn't necessarily look like an adults bike, even though it is a men's bike.

I'm sure i'll get used to it.

BTW, I totally forgot about the Tour De France, that does make me feel better. Posted Image
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#4 of 61 DougR

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Posted April 01 2006 - 08:35 AM

Hell... I'm 59 and I ride my Bike every chance I can get !!\





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#5 of 61 Brad Porter

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Posted April 01 2006 - 09:15 AM

Get a banana seat and some chopper handlebars. You'll be the baddest hombre on your block. Posted Image

Here's the questions you need to answer:

1. Do you ride with your knees swung way out to the side?
2. "You got shocks, pegs... lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?"
3. Were you expecting to look like Lance Armstrong with a bike from Wal-Mart? Seriously? Is it a Huffy?

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#6 of 61 Bruce Hedtke

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Posted April 01 2006 - 09:19 AM

I usually don't even notice bikers when I run them over with my Monster Truck.

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Posted April 01 2006 - 09:44 AM

I know what your problem is. You need to put some baseball cards in the spokes. Posted Image

Seriously, though, enjoy the bike.

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Posted April 01 2006 - 09:48 AM

Q: Is it imasculating for a grown man to ride a bicycle?
A: No.

Q: Is it imasculating for a grown man to ride a pink bicycle with a basket on the front which has a large daisy embroidered into it?
A: Yes.

#9 of 61 Michael Harris

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Posted April 01 2006 - 10:10 AM

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Maybe i'm just being silly, but you tell me.


Ok, I'll tell you - you're being silly.Posted Image

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Posted April 01 2006 - 10:11 AM

Noooooo. I'm 54 and have been ridiing in the Summer months for over 20 years. Like you said, it's a great workout, about the only exercise I really get.

Be careful with that bike seat, though. If you get one of those thin ones or sit on it wrong they say it may cut off blood flow to the vital regions and produce emasculating effects!

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Posted April 01 2006 - 01:34 PM

Do you wear one of those goofy helmets they got now? Make you look like a penis? Never had to wear silly helmets when we were kids. Bicycle helmets are emasculating.

And it's probably emasculating to spell "emasculating" wrong. I wouldn't know. Posted Image

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Posted April 01 2006 - 02:00 PM

LOL, alright, so i'm being silly, we've established that pretty well I think. Posted Image

To answer some of your questions, no, I don't ride with my knees swung out, I do have shocks but I have no clue what a peg is and Wal Mart had a lot of nice bikes, the better one's were out of my price range at that time, though. I just wanted something nice, but also simple.

And I wouldn't be caught dead wearing one of those helmets lol, if the universe intends me to take a dive onto my head, so be it. Posted Image I stick to sidewalks mostly and no police have said anything to me yet about any helmet law for bicycler's in my area, and i've ridden by a few so they had the opprotunity to.

That's a nice bike, Doug, like I said I have a Mongoose XR-75, I guess Mongoose is the name brand? I actually don't know but I see nothing else on the bike anywhere.

Off to find some baseball cards...

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Posted April 01 2006 - 05:28 PM

Just ask Arnold!

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Posted April 01 2006 - 05:56 PM

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Posted April 02 2006 - 02:20 AM

Bicycle helmets are emasculating.


True or not (I say NOT) I wouldn't be without one. I've had crashes resulting from another rider's error and from equipment failure (on a high-end bike designed for loaded touring) and my helmet saved my neurons both times. I'm sure I avoided a concussion from the former and probably worse from the latter.
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Posted April 02 2006 - 06:13 AM

John....

after seeing your Bike.............that Bike is for Sissy's !!!!

Nah............ Just Kidding !! Posted Image

I don't see nothing wrong with that Bike you have !!

Just Enjoy it !!

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Posted April 02 2006 - 06:42 AM

Yep, Doug, that's it, except I like the color of the one in the picture better, mine is red, chrome and some black.
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Posted April 02 2006 - 03:49 PM

Sidewalks aren't for bikes.
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Posted April 02 2006 - 04:48 PM

What Pat said. If you don't feel confident enough to drive on the streets, you need to get it. Sidewalks are for pedestrians.
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Posted April 02 2006 - 05:08 PM

Buy a helmet and wear it! All it takes is one stupid move by another vehicle operator and your melon will be mush.

Yes, you can be seriously injured and it looks stupid to me when I see someone not wearing a helmet. As my son always says when he spots a biker (pedal or motor) without a helmet. Dad - there goes another "donorcycle".

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