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Non cyclists look upon cyclists as weird

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by johnnyb47, 12 Nov 2017.

  1. johnnyb47

    johnnyb47 Über Member

    Location:
    Wales
    Hi.
    Do you ever experience people who don't cycle, judge you as a strange character for cycling. I find it really funny sometimes when talking to non cyclist friends about some of the goals I've managed ,and then to see there attitudes and expression on there faces.
    Being proud this year of managing to cycle across wales in a day ,I tell them about it when the subject of cycling crops up. Some of the comments you get back are hilarious."You must be mental" or " you've got to much spare time and need to get out more and get a life mate".
    To a non cyclist some look upon you as if you've got some sort of disease or mid life crisis going on ,and hope one day it can be cured with therapy lol.
    Just tonight a friend of mine has been doing a spot of matchmaking for me and told the "other party" I enjoy cycling but don't worry he's not obsessive with it , as if it could be some sort of potential disease i could be harbouring for the future. They often look at it as "what's the point of cycling there just to stop for a drink and bite to eat only to come back home"
    As hard as I try to explain why, they just don't get it.
    It is funny though watching there reactions of thinking I'm one bulb short of a pack :-) :-)
     
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  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    I got similar cycling to work, either in Leeds city centre or doing the four day weekend on split shifts.

    Classed as completly mad for doing Dublin to Ennis in the one go/day.
     
  3. BSOh

    BSOh Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    I get smirks at times from the grown-ups in my family. As if they think its somehow childish to own a bike. But they play computer games. Go figure.
     
  4. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    It's this time of year that the comments about being completly nuts for cycling come to the fore. Moreso if its wet & windy or there's snow on the ground.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    johnnyb47

    johnnyb47 Über Member

    Location:
    Wales
    I couldn't of put those words better my myself.
     
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  6. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    Acceptable obsessions for adults include men in shorts kicking a ball around a field, cars, beer. If you include Radio 4 listeners, add political party leadership challenges. Everthing else is trainspotting.
     
  7. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I will be swimming up and down a 25 metre swimming pool a 100 times starting at 7am, I bet you think I am a bit odd. I do.
     
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  8. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    What's wrong with trainspotting?
     
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  9. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    FTFY
     
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  10. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Not that strange, early morning swims.
     
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  11. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

    Location:
    Carnaby Street
    It can get obsessive though. My neighbour can't have a conversation about anything but cycling,watts, and zzzz
    I no longer cycle with him.
     
  12. flake99please

    flake99please I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Apart from my most immediate family, I dont care what anyone else thinks of me.
     
  13. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Not that strange to us maybe, but some do not understand why and think it is an odd thing to do.
     
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  14. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Not at work
    'Weird' in this case means 'not bone idle lazy'.
     
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  15. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    Location:
    North Wales
    Only in the UK you get this type of reasoning. On the continent, cycling is well respected and valued.