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Things you're always being asked about cycling/your bike

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Xiorell, 10 Nov 2011.

  1. Mrs Uncle Phil and I can beat that. She had a contract in Lista, Norway. We cycled there. She had much the same conversation with various people when we got there. It took us two weeks and was about 950 miles. (And it was a fantastic trip). (We didn't do it in one day, though, unlike Colin).

    "You're kidding. You can't cycle from England - you have to fly... don't you?"
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  2. cyberknight

    cyberknight Veteran

    South Derbyshire
    Is it carbon?

    I get that every week on the club run from other riders when out on the ally boardman , the smooth welds fool them.

    "Get a car " is what i get from most people along with the old road tax and insurance guff.

    "your riding that far ?? what charity are you doing it for? " i once got when i entered a sportive , when i told them it was for fun they told me i was mad ...
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  3. And to answer the question properly...

    I'm usually asked at the coffee machine at work "Are you still coming in by bike every day?"

    To which I usually reply "Yes. And are you still coming in by car every day?" (with a not-so-subtle glance at their belly, if there is one - and there often is).
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  4. MissTillyFlop

    MissTillyFlop Evil communist dictator, lover of gerbils & Pope.

    I am so doing this - thank you.
  5. cyberknight

    cyberknight Veteran

    South Derbyshire

    I tell people on don`t want to pay the fat tax when i get that one :smile:
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ Over 20,200 posts

    Sounds great, but technically you can't cycle all the way from England unless you were doing circuits of the deck of the ferry! ;)
  7. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Age is just a number.

    Da 'Sham
    Do you get the "Can I pick it up?" from other train commuters?
  8. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Age is just a number.

    Da 'Sham
    Do you get the "Can I pick it up?" from other train commuters?
  9. jay clock

    jay clock Veteran

    Hampshire UK
    Yes, that is often the riposte!!!


    1 Top pricey road bike for March to September
    2 Winter road bike with mudguards
    3 Touring bike - only used for touring
    4 MTB - little used
    5 Folder. Not used often but serves a fantastic purpose when I do use it.
    6 Hack hybrid. Got free from ex-wife's partner as he had been told it needed £400 work on it. It is grubby and knackered but it works
  10. wheres_my_beard

    wheres_my_beard Senior Member

    Often at a local ATM.
    Person:Nice bike, mate, is it a fixie?
    Me: Yes it is.

    Person: It looks fast.
    Me: Only as fast as I can pedal.

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  11. palinurus

    palinurus Veteran

    I can see the temptation! How do you cope without a van?

    Cargo bike? trailer?

    When I've got decorating or small construction jobs to do around the flat I can generally do most of it with my trailer. Larger stuff I can get delivered.
  12. palinurus

    palinurus Veteran

    Are you brave or mad?

    Brave actually.

    And really manly. I can drink four cups of tea in one hour and I like shopping for power tools.

    Your bikes got no gears.

    It has two.

    Forward and reverse.

    It's terrible out there, would you like a lift?


    I mean, um, no thanks.
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  13. YahudaMoon

    YahudaMoon Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On

    Im still trying to work out if its a good deal ? :smile:
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  14. Nearly there

    Nearly there Über Member

    You look different wearing an helmet
  15. pepecat

    pepecat Well-Known Member

    'You must be mad'
    (When i tell them how far i go. Even 20 miles seems to get that comment)

    Well........actually......technically...... yes, I am mad. The Bham and Solihull Mental Health Trust would say so, anyway!

    The other one is 'And you're walking around ok today?' again, when people find out how far i've cycled the day before.
    Er yeah..... why wouldn't i be?
  16. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Huh, never. Is that common?
  17. Telemark

    Telemark Cycling is fun ...


    Fran - you mean you haven't got a Sunday Best Bike (yet)! :ohmy:

    When we went touring in Lanarkshire in the spring, just sorting our shopping outside the Co-op, a bloke in a large 4x4 stopped and said "Excuse me, do you mind me asking - how far do go on that?"
    Mr T. "You mean in a day?"
    Bloke "yes"
    Mr. T. "oh, about 60 miles or so"
    Bloke " 60 miles a DAY???"
    MR. T "yes"
    Bloke: "Do you not find that you burn out?"
    Mr T. "Um, no"
    Bloke: "Well you are looking very well on it, very fit and healthy"
    Mr T. "Thank you."
    Bloke "Thanks, Cheers.."
    (shamelessly copied from Mr T.'s blog, by the way ... so I suppose I better give him credit)

    Makes me smile every time I remember it :laugh:

  18. cycleruk

    cycleruk Active Member

    some of the things i have been asked are
    1 why are cyclist on the road, you dont pay road tax
    2 why dont you by a car
    3 why on earth do you ride a bike on long distances, you must be mad
    the first one ended in a big augument!, the second one i think is because i work at a car garage, im the only one who dosent have a car and the third one i said try it and you will see why, which was then followed by you must be mad :laugh:
  19. Jonathing

    Jonathing Well-Known Member

    Person at work:- Why doesn't your bike have any gears?

    Me:- Well it has one gear

    PAW:- Why?

    Me:- It's not important how many you have, so long as you have the right one.
  20. Strick

    Strick Active Member

    Which garage do you work? I'm in the motor trade in Peterborough too.