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22 Signs That You’ve Got A Serious Road Cycling Addiction

We're not saying it's a problem, but we both know it's true...

1) You think nothing of having tan lines on the back of your hands from wearing cycling mitts all summer

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2) You know where the Col du Tourmalet, Alpe d’Huez, and Mont Ventoux are and each of their individual heights

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3) Along with a razor for your face you have one just for your legs

4) You check Strava every morning when you get to work to see who you’ve beaten on your daily commute

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5) The digital scales in your kitchen are used for weighing recently purchased bicycle components rather than cookery ingredients

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6) On Saturday nights, you no longer go out drinking because you want to be as fresh as possible for Sunday morning club ride outs

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7) The local bike shop staff not only know your name, they also know how you take your coffee

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8) Everyone knows what the yellow jersey means in the Tour de France, but you know who wears the green, white and polka dot ones too

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9) You own more pairs of cycling shoes than you do regular shoes

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10) The nicknames Mellow Johnny, Tommeke, Spartacus, Il Campionissimo, The Badger, Big Mig, The Cannibal, The Pirate, and The Lion King all mean something to you

11) When it comes to foreign languages, allez, bidon, commissaire, domestique, Etape, maillot jaune, peloton, and rouleur are the only words you feel you need to know

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12) Every week you don’t just weigh yourself, you also check and record your BMI

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13) Just like your cycling glasses, your prescription glasses have an Oakley frame

14) Wearing a one-piece lycra skinsuit is not something that embarrasses you. It’s essential for getting a PB in time trials after all

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15) Online bike part purchases are delivered to your place of work so your partner doesn’t find out how much you are spending on kit

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16) Tubs versus clinchers is a valid point of discussion when you go to the pub with friends

17) For your birthday every year you get a subscription to Rouleur magazine

18) A professional bike fitting session is not a luxury indulgence but an essential performance aid

19) Potential car purchases are dependent on the space available to fit a bicycle inside

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20) Along with your maximum heart rate and training zones, you know your max power output in kilojoules

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21) Arm warmers and knee warmers are acceptable clothing choices

22) Winter indoor training is done on rollers rather than a turbo trainer as it gives a more authentic feel and refines your bike handling skills

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