Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Xiorell, 10 Nov 2011.
Grant (from Rivendell Bike Works)
I'm usually asked:
How much did you pay for it?
How many gears has it got?
How do you know which gear you're in?
Them are funny pedals (I use Look Keo).
Do you really sit on that saddle? There's hardly any padding!
'Its raining/cold/windy/too hot/snowing/dark etc outside. Would you like a lift home...?'
That one always bugs me! Thanks for the generosity but it was raining/cold/windy/too hot/snowing/etc when I came in to work. Im sure I can cope on the way home.
Another classic: '11 miles?! That must take you aggeees!' Erm. Nope. The same as it is to drive, and I dont have to sit in traffic.
You're cycling home? After dark?
In just over a couple of months (when I first mentioned I was thinking of getting a bike instead of a car) it's gone from 'you must be mad' and rolled eyes to 'Hmm, bet it's a good way to keep fit, what was it like to start off?'
"looks like you need some new tyres, there's no tread left on them!"
Own a Brompton?
Get used to smiling and agreeing "Yes, it is just like 'Transformers'"
Well, I only got asked this question once but it was such a pleasure to see the reaction to my reply, I have to mention it again here ...
I was going down to Coventry to visit my elderly mother and had decided that at long last I was fit enough to cycle down. My route took me over some tough climbs in West Yorkshire, and then down through the Peak District. I hadn't told my mum that I'd be cycling; she was expecting me to catch the train.
I had just arrived when my mum's evening carer turned up. I was standing in the hallway next to my bike and was wearing my cycling clothes.
Carer: "Hi Colin - have you just cycled up from the railway station?"
Carer: "Oh, so you are going for a ride now?"
Me: "No, I've just arrived!"
Carer: "Eh - where from?"
Me: "My home."
Carer: "What - in Yorkshire!"
Carer: "How far is that?"
Me (checking GPS): "Er, 227 km or 141 miles, with 4,000 metres or 13,000 ft of hills.
There was a perfect, long, stunned silence ...
To be honest I'd be as shocked as the carer, even now. 141 miles? Chapeau.
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?"
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 ...
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).
I am so doing this - thank you.
I tell people on don`t want to pay the fat tax when i get that one
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