Geez, it is just a word. It's not like being called an ******* or ****-head.
I had someone here get all ruffled because I called them a FNG. On some forums you get that designation printed with everyone of your replies until you reach a set number of posts.
I know some folks simply do not like "cuss" words...which I find pretty ****ing funny.
"Noob" is 'short' for "Newbie"...odd how in our language we can slang-slang.Perhaps we can vote on what you all like better. I always liked "Nimrod".
How about VB
? (Virgin Biker)
I don't think a "long time" rider who goes down the road "in a t-shirt and shorts with no helmet doing 85 on one wheel" is a "noob"...they are called "idiots", or the more biker term "Squid"
Noob just means "new" so don't start using it improperly and don't get offended over it if it in fact applies.
I do agree that there is no set point when you loose that title, but I'd say you have to been riding a bike for at least a year before you can start arguing over it.
Much like studying Karate, you are always a student, as you can always learn more throughout your career....so in the grand scheme of things we all , to some extent, will always be "Noobs". But lets not get transcendental about it, as it only confuses the language more.