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Burnum Upus Quadricepus
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< raises hand >

I'm wondering if you can help me find those bib shorts with the "enhanced core support".
 

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I'm not really a MAMIL. I'm almost old enough, but I'm not into lycra. More like wool or cotton t-shirts.

I think the author's premise (cycling is a midlife-crisis activity) is a bit silly. Many of us took to the sport in our 20s, and either just stayed with it or returned to it once we started taking our health a bit more seriously. What he's talking about is the poseur segment of the roadie population.

Midlife-crisis activities are here today, gone tomorrow. But cycling is like a first love, you never totally forget it. :)
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I guess not I am too old, but do wear lycra shorts alas can't afford high end carbon bike either. I guess there could be many worse things for these guys to do and think of all the neat high end carbon bikes soon to be on ebay.
 

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In an age of sedentary death syndrome leading to meatabolic disorders, why must the "media" always add more reasons not to exercise?
 

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Very nice and amusing read. And oh, pretty accurate too.
Except I would have to sell a kidney and half of my liver in order to buy the Pinarello the article refers to.
Other than that, I'm the poster MAMIL : out every day of the weekend, riding hard (or so I think) and coming home gasping for air.
Long live the MAMIL !!
 

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superg said:
Very nice and amusing read. And oh, pretty accurate too.
Except I would have to sell a kidney and half of my liver in order to buy the Pinarello the article refers to.
Other than that, I'm the poster MAMIL : out every day of the weekend, riding hard (or so I think) and coming home gasping for air.
Long live the MAMIL !!
Well, you can get by on one kidney and the liver will regenerate....
 

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I'm with ya, SuperG- I'm a MAMIL poster boy (er, old man?) too!
I also cannot afford a Dogma.
OTOH, I don't have to hide my purchases from my wife... usually. :blush2:
 

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I see these guys on the road in packs all the time. On one hand, I have to laugh at their race-worthy bikes and matching jerseys, all the while they're averaging about 12mph. But at the same time, it's better they ride than sit at home and wither away.
 

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Hey, when did 35-44 become middle aged?!
 

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Life expectancy is already pushing 80 in the US, and likely to climb despite our pathetic fitness as a culture. Modern science will likely be the reason, not better living.

My own family lives on average into their mid-90s. We'll see if I'm that lucky.

I am a MAMIL. I lust after expensive bikes and spend way too much money on a "cheap" sport. People ask me how much I'm saving by riding to work, and I have to giggle. I'm doing it wrong, but I don't really care. I'd rather ride and be heathy enough to see my kids grow up than to sit around and wait to die. Besides, I realize that I am the role model for those kids, and to demonstrate a sedentary life is just plain bad parenting. Also, well-crafted carbon fiber is dead sexy.

I had to google the article, since the OP deleted the link.
 

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I didn't get how the author quoted $1000 a year running costs for a MAMIL. Are they really buying lots of expensive aftermarket parts, or is it all for replica pro kits?
 

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That's £1,000 , or roughly $1559.50 in US currency.

Tires, tubes, wheels (average 1 wheelset a year), new kit (to replace worn-out, non-team kit), chamois cream, wear items (chains, cassettes, bar tape, cables...), entry fees, license, supplements, books, movies... yeah, that's about what I spend. It adds up after a while, even when I shop the sales.

This was the first year I really tracked what I spent on cycling. I don't think I'll be doing that again. I don't want to know.
 

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a funny piece of nothing actually. Cycling is a kind of escapism like most modern hobbies are. Too much free time and money are burning hands and pockets. There is a great piece on CN about cycling in Benin, the third one is out today, very good reading.
 

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qatarbhoy said:
I didn't get how the author quoted $1000 a year running costs for a MAMIL. Are they really buying lots of expensive aftermarket parts, or is it all for replica pro kits?
one set of bling bling wheels and you're almost there.
 

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I guess I'd rather be a MAMIL than a MAMALTW (Middle Aged Man Acting Like Tiger Woods) or a MAMIBLOAH (Middle Aged Man in Black Leather on a Harley. I guess I could go on. Golfers spend just as much as cyclists on greens fees and fancy dancy golf clothes. Harley riders spend far more.

At least people are doing something with their lives and getting off the sofa and turning off the TV. In the end, so what. Maybe the author is bitter about having to wait 30 seconds to pass a Saturday group ride.
 

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qatarbhoy said:
I didn't get how the author quoted $1000 a year running costs for a MAMIL. Are they really buying lots of expensive aftermarket parts, or is it all for replica pro kits?
after the initial bike investment, I don't see having to spend $1000 a year. Maybe a new set of bibs and a new jersey (on sale) every once in a while, which last a while if you take care of them...but not $1000. Maybe $300-500?

Using the bike is essentially free. we aren't shelling out $100+ to play a round of 18.
 
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