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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rise of the MAMILS

This is a great article sent in to me from Kevin D.   Middle Aged Men in Lycra, that is who we are.  We ride to get away from the stresses in the office and at home.  We ride for our health, and because it makes us feel young.  We ride nice bikes because... well... because we can.  Do we look funny in our skin tight jerseys and shorts, sure we do! But hey my nice Pinarello Dogma makes up for it!  (I don't own a Pinarello Dogma)

Rise of the MAMILS
BBC News Magazine
By Dominic Casciani
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10965608

"Flashy sports cars are out, now no mid-life crisis is complete without a souped-up road bike. Why?

Every weekend, across the nation's rolling countryside, watch out for the Mamils: middle-aged men in lycra.

And ladies, if you have a man at home taking an unusual interest in how you shave your legs, you may have a Mamil in the making too.

Research conducted by the retail analyst Mintel suggests there has been a surge in the number of middle-aged men choosing to get on two wheels.

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? "

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