Cold sweat about bicycles moment.

I like a few other syd-cycs will be building up a bike.

I have bought the frame and thinking it should be a nice fun bike, and somewhat "cooler" than what I would normally ride.
BUT on the morning ride to work, I had a cold sweat moment...
Should a man my age be seen riding such a cool bike?
Can you have a mid life crisis which has nothing to do with sports cars but all about bicycles?
Will my just turned 13 daughter think her dad is a dag riding a bike which any 20 year old would love to ride and will this cool bike be an issue to any boy friends over the next few years (Rule One son, "You MUST ride a bike"?)
Worst still, will I have to lend my bike to any of her future bfs?

Sorry for the warble but my question to the oracle is:
Are bikes age specific and should I have a rethink on my possible build... (I’m Gen X; it’s a 29er with a snazzy paint job; thinking single speed, thinking nice wheels, thinking mock baa end shifters, thinking too much...)

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Comment by Susan on August 4, 2009 at 10:03pm
Build whatever you like and enjoy it, and if it makes you the envy of all your kids friends then that is cool but knowing most kids they will never think their parents are cool no matter what they do. So do what you want and have fun.
Comment by Colin on August 4, 2009 at 10:45pm
I have a 14 yo daughter and I ride skateboards, so I wouldn't worry about a bike if I were you.

(As long as it's not one of those colour-coordinated fixies with the deep-V rims and cut-down handlebars. They just scream "fashion victim" regardless of the rider's age.)
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on August 5, 2009 at 9:09am
When I was a teenager such a dad would have worn a gold chain around his neck and greased his hair back like Elvis. Ten years later he would have started going to the gym and wearing tight jeans, white shoes and he would have driven a sports car.

Fortunately my own father was a dag so I just had to put up with him being cranky rather than embarrassing.

Nothing you describe compares to the above, so I say go with what you want to do, as Susan, Kylie and Colin suggest. Better to have fun than be cranky anyway.

I am Gen B and I don't give a sh*&t whether what I do embarrasses my kids or not (it usually does anyway).

By the way, I think you are more ovine than bovine, but maybe that's just your avatar?
Comment by Duncan on August 5, 2009 at 12:49pm
No matter what you do or say, you will always be a dag as far as your 13yo daughter is concerned.

Relish the moment, she'll grow up and then you'll have no-one to tell you what a dag you are.
Comment by Neil Alexander on August 5, 2009 at 10:43pm
Now it's in all our heads. A bit like swine flu... but viva la revolucion!
Comment by baa baa on August 6, 2009 at 8:12am
You should never question an answer from an oracle which is an answer to a question ...
Both are cousins (Bovid), just a few million years apart.

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