Are you a Mamil?

by Gkam84   September 10, 2012  

Just been reading the BBC's latest incite into cycling....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10965608

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Given the number of men aged 35-44 who are buying fancy-pants road racing machines, is this a 21st Century mid-life crisis? Has the silence of skinny tyres and carbon fibre framesets replaced the thunderous noise of motorbikes?

I'm only 28.....So I can relax Devil

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"14 August 2010"

welcome to the internetz
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posted by VecchioJo [766 posts]
10th September 2012 - 21:17

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Oh frug. I didn't even see that, It was under their "Most Popular" top 10 stories.....Why does it keep doing that to me. Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9018 posts]
10th September 2012 - 22:06

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Well I was about to admit to being a mamil, since I'm 36, BUT when that was published, I was only 34, so therefore I'm not a mamil!

Still, f*** it, at least the author was writing it having tried riding, (and enjoyed it).

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3427 posts]
11th September 2012 - 10:32

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http://road.cc/content/blog/46858-my-sunday-rogues

I blogged this on here a little while back (kind of)...

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1290 posts]
11th September 2012 - 10:40

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I'm 45 now so i was a mamil back in 2010, but does that make me one now Thinking

Hope so cos i still love riding me bike Big Grin

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posted by stumps [2826 posts]
11th September 2012 - 14:04

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This was a brilliant piece. I first started road biking aged 58 (I'm now 62) so I'm an OAMIL and very proud of it! Cool (I've also done Ventoux as per the article....) Big Grin

posted by ploughclose [19 posts]
11th September 2012 - 14:23

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im 47 and i wear lycra and guess what i dont give a *uck what i look like Not Talking

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posted by RobeH [35 posts]
11th September 2012 - 19:27

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I'm 50 and wear lycra and don't have any saggy overhang. I've got the motorbike as well, but then I've had motorcycles continuously since I was in my 20s.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2289 posts]
11th September 2012 - 20:52

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I'm a big fat mamil.

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
11th September 2012 - 22:36

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I'm 40, I wear lycra and also don't give a stuff. However, I have been cycling since 1975 so why should I stop now?

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
11th September 2012 - 23:42

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londonplayer wrote:
I'm 40, I wear lycra and also don't give a stuff. However, I have been cycling since 1975 so why should I stop now?

Were you wearing Lycra in 75 Devil

I've been going since 86. When I reach "middle" age, I'll invest in a wardrobe of new lyrca.....but it might be out of fashion by then with some super dooper new material Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9018 posts]
12th September 2012 - 0:04

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I'm 46 and wear lycra but my wife insists I'm not a Mamil. I think it's a compliment rather than an indication that I don't quite make the grade. I ride a cheap aluminium bike; my cycling drawer contains Aldi, not Assos or Rapha; and the only sportive I've entered was a road.cc scwhag grab. I took my two young kids and we rode the shortest loop at a leisurely pace.

A sports car used to be the classic mid-life crisis purchase. Perhaps nowadays a Dogma (with Zipps) on the roof of the X5 sends the same kind of message.

The spectacular growth in the number of Mamils has prompted the comment that "cycling is the new golf" (example). That sends a shiver down my spine!

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posted by Simon E [2037 posts]
12th September 2012 - 19:37

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I'll treat this media borne descriptive genius with the contempt it deserves.
Makes me want to kill.

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posted by _Karlos_ [65 posts]
12th September 2012 - 19:59

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Should point out the term MAMIL was coined by consumer research group Mintel (whose report is referenced in the BBC report) Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8406 posts]
12th September 2012 - 20:25

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Spooky. This must have resurfaced somewhere, some one at work e-mailed me the same article this week! I did laugh as I'm 46...Simone the E and I are not twins yet I feel like I stole his identity!!! Sorry !

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posted by Comrade [162 posts]
12th September 2012 - 20:28

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I'd post it again but. I can't be bothered so I'll describe it to you:

Alan Sugar in complete garmin kit.
Helmet with a peak, and socks extended well beyond the furthest extent of varicose.
He stands abreast a pinarello Paris with super record and 404s.

Never.
Never.
Go there.

#5, htfu etc.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
12th September 2012 - 20:37

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posted by Gkam84 [9018 posts]
12th September 2012 - 20:48

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I think über-Mamil Alan Sugar's choice of clothing is entirely up to him, though I'd not wish to look the same. But then he surely doesn't give a s**t what we think (and surely wouldn't want to dress like you or me either).

More recently he was featured in Cycling Weekly riding with Mark Cavendish; that time he was wearing rather less garish Assos and riding a white Pinarello (photos here).

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posted by Simon E [2037 posts]
13th September 2012 - 21:11

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Who's riding his PPP (Prized Pinarello Prince) in those photo's?

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posted by Gkam84 [9018 posts]
13th September 2012 - 21:23

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Cav isnt very tall but he still stands taller than Sugar, the man must be a munchkin if those photos are anything to go by Confused

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posted by stumps [2826 posts]
13th September 2012 - 21:35

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I think real munchkins might find that comment offensive, stumps

Wink

At 5'6" he's two inches taller than me but hardly something to brag about.

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posted by Simon E [2037 posts]
14th September 2012 - 8:45

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Oi stumps leave us shorter uns alone mate. Caav's a gigantor when I'm stood next to him.

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posted by giff77 [1064 posts]
14th September 2012 - 13:56

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