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8/15/12 7:29 P

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I've always had a hard time classifying myself. I ride occasionally as one of my many types of workouts and for fun, but I don't really consider myself a cyclist. But then I also jog several times a week and ran a marathon in 2010 but don't consider myself a runner or a jogger, just someone that jogs on occasion. I also WT twice a week (down from 5 days a week earlier this year) but I consider myself more of a weight lifter than a cyclist. I think I might fall under casual cyclist.

I think I might work by degrees, how much of what you do defines who you are. Like a guy that rides a motorcycle, has all the gear and rides with a crew would be a biker to me. If i bought a little motorcycle and rode it to work, I just be a person that rode a motorcycle.

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8/10/12 10:19 P

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I think the Elliptigos would qualify, but not sure about the Trikke or Kick Bikes. But while I may not consider them cycles, they are indeed a good work out.



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8/10/12 4:27 P

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I have been very, very curious about Elliptigos and see them occasionally around town. I have heard that climbing is one of their strengths. With the incredible HEIGHT to these machines you certainly do stand out in a crowd too!

These were developed by a cyclist, who for medical reasons, perhaps an injury? not sure, but he could no longer sit in a saddle. So he wanted to develop an alternative means of cycling.

I have to see if I can arrange a test ride one of these days and see if klutzy ol' me can do it and live to tell the tale...lol!

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8/10/12 4:16 P

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KJEANNE emoticon I don't judge, on a group bike ride put on by our local advocacy organization, I saw one of those elliptigos, dude was dressed like a hardcore roadie and smiling and having fun, that's all that matters! I did wonder how well it climbed, looked like a good workout.

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8/10/12 3:22 P

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8/10/12 2:04 P

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To play devil's advocate.

If you ride one of these?

www.elliptigo.com/

these,

www.trikke.com/

or these?

www.kickbike.com/

are you a cyclist?

Is the requirement pedals/handcranks?

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8/9/12 6:33 P

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The way I see it is that anyone can be a cyclist when they are riding a bicycle. Just like anyone can be a motorist when they drive a car or a pedestrian when they walk.
Someone who is a cyclist when they aren't cycling is someone who every part of their existence is shaped to some degree by cycling. In other words, they think about cycling even when they aren't cycling.

Speaking of bikes and cars.... Something that always bugged me is that we drive cars but we ride bikes. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Since we provide the propulsion aren't we driving the bike forward? Since cars are self-propelled aren't we just riding instead of driving them?

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8/9/12 4:10 P

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They usually refer to me as the cyclist, due to they wouldn't consider leaving the house for 32 mile ride on the roads or a 6-14 mile mountain bike ride! It's kind of like it transitions for them....into ordinary riding a mile or so; to extra-ordinary many miles. Questions are raised: how do you do it? Don't you hurt? I could never? But they could if they wanted to. Help from cycling friends, bike shop, bike club; getting the right fit. I have a chunky monkey bike here, I tried to ride...oh my gosh, never ever would I ride it. It was originally purchased from a big-box store and given to me. It's like an Albatross, which makes me reflect on why someone may not go the distance...Bike fit at Bike shop; right bike for cycling needs, is well worth the chunky change put down!

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8/9/12 3:30 P

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I also agree with all you have posted but. . . . you all ride bikes on regular basis. What would your family member or neighbor say? If they only took out their bike for a ride 2-3 times a month or even a year would they consider themselves a cyclist? Or would they just be someone who rides a bike every now and then?

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8/9/12 2:48 P

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I agree with everything below. There are no requirements for specific garb, of bike, or helmet. No minimum speed or distance.

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8/9/12 12:01 P

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If you ride a wheeled anything that you pedal with hands or feet, you're a cyclist (I add this because there are plenty of people who ride who have no use of their own legs!)

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If you ride a self propelled wheeled device, you are a cyclist.

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8/9/12 9:02 A

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Cyclist: A person who enjoys spending time moving on wheels powered by our bodies!

Spandex & lycra most definitely NOT required! :-)

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8/9/12 8:50 A

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All of the above ... errr, below. Anyone who rides a bike, trike, unicycle is a cyclist.

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Someone who pedals is a cyclist. And that leaves the door wide open with bike options.

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In the dictionary a cyclist is a person who rides a bike. Is that how you see it? I think most people think road and Lycra and fast and Tour de France and competition when they think cyclist. So that means that if you ride a beach cruiser you’re not a cyclist. Or BMX. Or off-road. Or touring. Or commuting. Or recumbent. So when you hear “cyclist” what do YOU think?


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