[NMCycling] R: Re: Changing times / Racing Age

Earl Gage via Bike-racers bike-racers at mailman.swcp.com
Fri Apr 1 11:53:11 MDT 2016

You guys may be correct that the price of a nice, brand new bike is skyrocketing, however there are other reasons as well that kids are not riding you should consider. When I was younger, my family didn't have a lot of money and I first started riding a Roadmaster from Walmart. I rode a metric century on a Walmart bike. I did it because I loved riding a bike, I didn't have any friends or family that got me into it. I just tried it once and loved it. Eventually with the help of friends, I upgraded to a steel Trek from the '80's, and then to a aluminum Giant. I didn't have much money but that wasn't going to stop me as I loved it. I think the main problem is that kids would rather sit inside in a climate controlled space and play on the tv and computer than be outside, for reasons unknown to me. Hence the growing problem of obesity as well. Another reason could be the safety of riding road. As I found out, it can be very unsafe to ride on the road. Just a few things to consider...
Earl Gage

    On Friday, April 1, 2016 9:08 AM, biobiker--- via Bike-racers <bike-racers at mailman.swcp.com> wrote:

 I also think that one of the problem is how expensive is to ride a bike nowadays.
I can imagine a kid going to his/her parents, which might have zero interest in cycling, and asking them for $2-3k a year to ride a bike.

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Da: John Savickas via Bike-racers <bike-racers at mailman.swcp.com>
Data: 01/04/2016 16.48
A: "'Nathan P. Masek'"<NPMasek at mrcog-nm.gov>, <bike-racers at swcp.com>
Ogg: Re: [NMCycling] Changing times / Racing Age

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Sent: Friday, April 01, 2016 8:29 AM
To: New Mexico Sports Online <info at newmexicosportsonline.com>; bike-racers at swcp.com
Subject: RE: [NMCycling] Changing times / Racing Age  Yeah, kindof troubling when not as many kids are into it.    More distractions?   Less free time?  Less ability of parents to give the kids that time (often both parents are working).  I know it’s a constant challenge I face in supporting my son – not many of his friends ride.  This just makes ever so important the Devo efforts that we do have in cycling, and this includes Duke City BMX, plus all the other advocacy and event-related activities as promoted by our community.      *****************************************************************Nathan Paul Masek, AICPSenior Transportation PlannerMid Region Council of GovernmentsPresident, ITS New Mexico809 Copper Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 87102v 505) 724-3620f 505) 247-1750npmasek at mrcog-nm.govP Please consider the environment before printing this email  From: Bike-racers [mailto:bike-racers-bounces at mailman.swcp.com] On Behalf Of New Mexico Sports Online via Bike-racers
Sent: Friday, April 1, 2016 8:20 AM
To: bike-racers at swcp.com
Subject: [NMCycling] Changing times / Racing Age  Just an interesting trend in cycling and who is racing.   Back in the late 80’s and 90’s if you were 26 yrs old you’d be one of the oldest guys in the cat 4 field and the racers would ask, “who is that old guy”. (there wasn’t a cat 5 yet).  As we were assigning bib numbers last night for the Adoption Exchange we noticed a huge change in who’s races these days.  In the cat 5 more than half range from 60 to 30. The Cat 123 the majority is 50 to 30.    Something to ponder during your morning coffee….  Have a great race this weekend!  John  

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