Cyclists are the biggest sandbaggers and secret trainers around.
They'll say anything to soften you up for the kill. Don't let this
happen to you. Study this handy rider's phrasebook to find out what
they really mean when they say:
"I'm out of shape"
Translation: I ride 400 miles a week and haven't missed a day since
the Ford administration. I replace my 11-tooth cog more often than
you wash your shorts. My body fat percentage is lower than your
"I'm not into competition. I'm just riding to stay in shape" ---
Translation: I will attack until you collapse in the gutter,
babbling and whimpering. I will win the line sprint if I have to
force you into oncoming traffic. I will crest this hill first if I
have to grab your seat post, and spray energy drink in your eyes.
"I'm on my beater bike"
Translation: I had this baby custom-made in Tuscany using titanium
blessed by the Pope. I took it to a wind tunnel and it disappeared.
It weighs less than a fart and costs more than divorce.
"It's not that hilly"
Translation: This climb lasts longer than a presidential campaign.
Be careful on the steep sections or you'll fall over -- backward.
You have a 39x23 low gear? Here's the name of my knee surgeon.
"You're doing great, honey"
Translation: Yo, lard ass, I'd like to get home before midnight.
This is what you get for spending the winter decorating and eating
chocolate. I shoulda married that cute Cat 1 racer when I had the
"This is a no-drop ride"
Translation: I'll need an article of your clothing for the
"It's not that far"
Translation: Bring your passport