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    I am one of "those guys" now...<SIGH>...

    I installed a stem on my bike with a rise to it and rode it yesterday. It felt good. I'm leaving it on there.

    Damn I feel old...

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    one of riding partners just did that..

    he's.dead.to.me.
    eff all y'all...

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    Just skip all the unnecessary expenses of the intermediate steps and go straight to the recumbent endgame.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kai Winters View Post
    It's all about the legs, lungs, heart and soul. The gear comes after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drussell View Post
    Just skip all the unnecessary expenses of the intermediate steps and go straight to the recumbent endgame.
    He should start putting tapioca pudding into his water bottles too.

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    Screw that!

    Get one of these... then slam your stem. You can be cool... and raised to a comfortable position.


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    As long as you're still climbing in no less than a 53x11.

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    When it gets to the point where you want to do this:Attachment 282796

    Call in your cycling friends and family for an intervention!!
    "When you know absolutely nothing, anyone who knows 1% more than nothing sounds like an expert."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy99CL View Post
    When it gets to the point where you want to do this:

    Call in your cycling friends and family for an intervention!!
    I also do that. Nothing wrong with mounting your light underneath the bar.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kai Winters View Post
    It's all about the legs, lungs, heart and soul. The gear comes after that.

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    To limit the "Fred" factor i used a 0 degree stem. Not quite the -6 degree I had before, but not the +6 flip/flop either. Still getting used to how it looks...and the loss of my "man card."

    I am one of &quot;those guys&quot; now...&lt;SIGH&gt;...-20130614_180636.jpg

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    Yes, the "man-card" is indeed lost.

    Cycling is a bit like what Lord Chesterfield said about sex: The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.

    I too would worry about being seen in public astride a bike with a stem that mortifyingly priapic. It screams "my bike is equipped with a stem that proudly reaches for the stars to compensate for the fact I feel old old and because I feel old I have deep and growing concerns about the functioning of my Gentleman's Apparatus." Your pitiable and obvious overcompensation for the percieved demise of your generative organs - which now mock you in their dotage - will cause your friends to snicker. Teen girls will point and laugh as you ride by. Emasculated in the eyes of complete strangers and increasingly despondent, I might give up cycling altogether out of sheer embarassment.

    Sell the bike, buy a used Porsche, and concentrate on activities favored by "those guys" - things like cultivating chest hair and hanging out in swingers clubs.

    [This advice was rendered in a deeply sarcastic voice. Worrying about what other people think about you getting comfortable on a bike is a little like worrying what people will think if you wear comfortable shoes. It's your feet in the shoes, not your friend's feet.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by turbomatic73 View Post
    I am one of "those guys" now......
    Loser.
    "It's turtles all the way down."

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    I can't decide if this is ironic or not, but I have lost all interest in the gear escalation and so on.

    Turbomatic, you ain't alone out there riding something that doesn't look like everyone else.

    And that's ok.

    signed,

    facial hair pot belly regular sox goofy bike platform pedal riding guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post
    I can't decide if this is ironic or not, but I have lost all interest in the gear escalation and so on.

    Turbomatic, you ain't alone out there riding something that doesn't look like everyone else.

    And that's ok.

    signed,

    facial hair pot belly regular sox goofy bike platform pedal riding guy.
    Loser.
    "It's turtles all the way down."

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    I am one of "those guys" now...&lt;SIGH&gt;...

    The stem doesn't bother me, but you gotta get some bar tape on there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmxhacksaw View Post
    Loser.
    i am pretty happy in my smug little box over here.

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