You just bought your first road bike, a Specialized Allez or Trek 1.2, and you’re ready to roll with the big dogs!. You’ve got a couple of pairs of shorts, a jersey or two, mountain bike shoes and pedals and you’re ready to go.
You search the web for local clubs, check out their websites and show up for some rides. Noobs are the lifeblood of a Cycling Club so if you’re close to “decent people”, you make friends quickly.
You’re not hooked quite yet. But the operative word in that last sentence is “yet”.
You find a few rides that you really like and become a regular. You’re invited to weekend, non-club rides and you start having a lot more fun. You feel like you’re part of the Club and you look forward to riding with your new friends.
Now we’ve got you.
You pick up some new wheels, maybe. Book a few trips with your friends. Your spouse sees how much fun you’re having and decides to give it a go…. Then you buy your first carbon fiber bike and your cycling life becomes so much more enjoyable.
Now you’re going on several trips a year with your friends. You’re fit as a fiddle and life has become fun – and that is why cycling is such a draw…
Once you get over the initial work of getting fit, once the training stops hurting so much, and once you find some friends to ride with, living is fun. That’s why folks stay cyclists for much of their lives once they’re hooked (close calls or crashes excepted). It also explains why cycling fanatics are fanatics.
That’s how we hook you. Add to that, your desire to keep up, and you go from that cheap first bike (that you initially thought was outlandishly expensive at the time) to needing something a little more… carbon fiber – and worth more than the car you drive..
At that point it’s all over but the shouting. Welcome to the club.