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Cyclists v drivers? They're often the same people

Rob's picture

By Rob - Posted on 27 August 2010

Research suggests a boom in cycling among affluent 'mid-life crisis' men and car owners

Oh dear Eye-wink

I'm saying nothing... aside from I only have one car, an old one at that which is seldom used Sticking out tongue

Logan's picture

however am not middle aged or in the middle of a mid life crisis....

Discodan's picture

There's definately some truth to it but it seems more to do with road riders

Rob's picture

@Logan... not middle aged or in the middle of a mid life crisis

Nah... you're at the start of of a pre-mid-life dilemma Eye-wink

craked's picture

could fit this except for the affluent bit, but I ride my motorcycle more than drive my car.

hawkeye's picture

Been there done that. I prefer the term "mid life wake-up call". Sticking out tongue

Down from 88kg and disastrously unfit to 79kg with one or two more to come off, and fitter than most of the population.

These days it's only a crisis when I can't ride my bike. Eye-wink's picture

The Herald ran the same story - woops guess im a middle aged broadsheet reader. Some of it does fit, like the next best thing to riding is working on the bike. I have always liked riding but have only recently become a full time professional, I just know that if I keep up my other sport (hockey) I am going to blow my knees out some time, so cycling is great. And I'm not very good at it so its fun learning. Have to have a mid life crisis in another way.

daveh's picture

Probably not quote old enough just yet but if this is a mid-life crisis then I am loving it. After having to give away all my old sports because of a combination of injuries and work committments I find a sport/exercise that I am truly loving and *always* stinging to get out and do. The icing on the cake is that I can actually afford to spend a little money, reward myself and make sure that I have nice set-up that suits what I am trying to do. Bring it on!

GiantNut's picture

I am in the target market and before getting back into cycling was 10 kg overweight and with high blood pressure - Now my BP is fine, avg HR has dropped and I lost 10 kgs somewhere around Manly Dam ( yours if you find it) I have dropped my time by 10 mins a lap and now sit just above 30mins - MidLife crisis? or not wanting to die early, get diabetes or be like the 80% of the population who are obese. Once I hit 40 my metabolism just stopped so I can exercise and eat again or accumulate it around my middle.
Man buys a sports car - midlife crisis ( or he actually can afford one)
Man gets Fit - Midlife crisis ( or he realises his stomach is ballooning and needs to do something)

Colt's picture

So what does it say about ME when the article seems to be describing exactly the sort of person I am? And I thought I was so unique. Sticking out tongue


ae93gti's picture

I am you?

10kg around the dam, check (sadly, probably another 7-8kg to go!)
BP little high, but now 120/80, check
Avg HR now under 50, check (just guessing this one)
Over 40, check

The only thing I can't check is the just above 30min. Hopefully in the future.

I guess this is a lot of folk.

Have been off the bike for 14 weeks though after an incident with a tree at MD which resulted in an op to re-attach a wayard tendon in my arm. That's how I got the stats above. Back at MD now, but taking it easy for a while........

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