How long.. or what does one need to do to not be a newbie?
yeah time on the bike can have nothing to do with it. you could have someone who does an intro rider course, does an art course and does a race school all inside of 6 months and be a very competent rider if they focus on it. on the other hand you can have clowns who have been "riding" for years but don't posess even basic street skills.I have a friend who's been riding for a year, I don't consider her a newbie anymore but another co-worker has been riding for years, second bike, commutes to work etc but I see him ride he's a newbie.
that sounds like something a cop would say. have you changed jobs?I thought I was a newbie until I started riding with others. I then realized that the years of KMs and schooling had obviously taken me out of the novice category.
However I am now a total road racing newb, but a seasoned track rider.
You are always learning and progressing, putting titles on anything is very tricky.