Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: The Core Team

  1. #1
    Neil_B
    Guest

    The Core Team

    An interesting post at Fat Cyclist:

    http://www.fatcyclist.com/2007/07/04/the-core-team/

    Do any clydes have a "core team' they ride with? I mean the sort of regular riding companions that make any ride a good ride?

    I don't have a team, but I do have two duos, if you will. We all know about me and other Neil. Frankly I might not have completed my metric century last week without him to talk to. But in addition my gym buddy Dennis and I are notorious for hilarious conversations up and down the local trails. One day I made the mistake of listening to Dennis and following his suggestion of a shortcut "path" back to the trailhead. His "path" was an abandoned hiking trail along the Perkiomen, complete with overhanging trees, poison ivy, rocks, and a three foot wide gully that he suggested I try to ride across.

    I wasn't entirely pleased to be taken mountain biking on my non-mountain bike:

    "You have wide tires, you should be able to handle this."

    "Look Dennis, just because I have fat tires and my helmet has a visor doesn't mean this is a mountain bike."

    "I don't have a mountain bike. That's not stopping me."

    "Yeah, you have the world's first off-road bike with fenders."

    "I love my fenders. Listen to the rocks bounce off them! You should get fenders too, since you have those pan-thingies on the back - what are they called?"

    "Panniers. It's French."

    "French. Couldn't we call them something else?"

    "Like what?"

    "Anything but something French."

    "I don't know.... freedom bags?"

    "YES! Freedom bags! It's perfect!"

    "Ok, freedom bags it is. By the way, if we both survive this trail, I'm killing you."

    "Come on Neil, isn't this fun?"

    "It is fun, but I'm killing you for taking me on this just the same."

    "This is much better than riding on the road with those damn cagers!"

    "I'm sorry I taught you that word, Dennis."

    "Almost done. We're almost there."

    "Remind me to get some new friends when I get off the trail."

    "You'll never get another friend like me."

    "Isn't that a comforting thought."

  2. #2
    Squirrel solveg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    My Bikes
    07 Rivendell Atlantis, 80's Mondonico, 91 Cinelli ATB, 83 Schwinn Peleton, 94 Scott Cheyenne, 97 Klein Stage Comp, 81 SR Touring Bike, 80's CCM, 84 Bridgestone 200
    Posts
    4,917
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wish* I had someone to ride with. I'm finding that I'm OK if I'm going somewhere I've never been before, but if it's a route I've taken a couple times, I get bored and wish I had company.

  3. #3
    Perma-Clyde (51)'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Suncoast, FL
    My Bikes
    Trek Hybrid 7200
    Posts
    931
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Me, my shadow and the occasional Mr. Raccoon. No one wants to ride at 4AM
    http://www.trailerparkboys.org/forum...fault/beer.gif In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. -Ben Franklin

  4. #4
    Senior Member Wogster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Toronto (again) Ontario, Canada
    My Bikes
    Norco Bushpilot (out of commission), Raleigh Delta
    Posts
    6,944
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by (51)
    Me, my shadow and the occasional Mr. Raccoon. No one wants to ride at 4AM
    Would love to, problem is, I'm at work at 4AM

    Of course being 1100 miles away, doesn't help

  5. #5
    Huge Memeber fifthcircle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    O-Town, NE
    My Bikes
    Gary Fisher Cobia, Lemond Buenos Aires
    Posts
    231
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's funny.
    I have a riding buddy, and we seem to have some funny chats along the way too. He also doesn't complain at all if I need a break. I just got back from a road ride with him (first one for me since I got my roadie). We averaged about 18mph on a flat trail. I drafted him for 30seconds here and there to catch my breath.

    We kinda got each other into cycling. He started riding a walmart bike for exercise, and I took him to a local singletrack. He loved it and bought a nicer bike. Then we went to Moab. Now we have road bikes. So who knows where this will go LOL!

  6. #6
    Squirrel solveg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    My Bikes
    07 Rivendell Atlantis, 80's Mondonico, 91 Cinelli ATB, 83 Schwinn Peleton, 94 Scott Cheyenne, 97 Klein Stage Comp, 81 SR Touring Bike, 80's CCM, 84 Bridgestone 200
    Posts
    4,917
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Oh, man! I ride at 5 in the summers! Wish Florida were closer! It's the best time to ride... no cars, no one in much of a hurry, soft light, cool temps, and lots of critters....

  7. #7
    On my TARDIScycle! KingTermite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
    My Bikes
    Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE
    Posts
    3,928
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You MUST have riding partners. One of the first things I noticed early on in cycling was that by myself, my mind "thought" about the ride and I didn't go as far. If I had someone(s) to ride with, we chatted and we'd usually go a LOT further.

    Granted, I've come a long way and can often go further on my own now....much further, but I still think I can/could go "even further" than that with ride partners.

    Obviously I lost my ride partners from FL (I had two), but have recently started riding with another BF member from here.
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

  8. #8
    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    South Florida
    My Bikes
    Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
    Posts
    16,014
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    4 Thread(s)
    Well, let's see.......

    I have only ridden with him a couple of times, but I enjoy riding with Mariner Fan, and enjoyed riding with Ryan, and plan to do more rides with them.

    ChunkyD is a pretty good ride partner as well.

    That's as close as I come to a core group. Most of the time, I ride with the wife, or solo if I want some speed or solitude. I actually do best distance solo though, because I can drop down inside myself and hit a meditative state on the ride and the miles just disappear that way.
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


    . “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

  9. #9
    Man, Myth, Legend,Bigfoot chunkyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    North Texas
    My Bikes
    09` Motobecane Cx - 07` Dawes LT1000 - 82` Trek 412
    Posts
    354
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    this is the perfect itme to suggest a casual meetup and ride for this forum..

    how about it? i'm in illinois and love driving... if its within 6 hours count me in, if not then i need to plan it out a little more but i'm still in.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Bloomington, IN
    My Bikes
    Trek 2.3 w/ full SRAM Red; Surly LHT
    Posts
    389
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm a fan of monthly Indiana clyde group riding. Or at least, I would be if there was a monthly Indiana clyde group ride.

  11. #11
    Squirrel solveg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    My Bikes
    07 Rivendell Atlantis, 80's Mondonico, 91 Cinelli ATB, 83 Schwinn Peleton, 94 Scott Cheyenne, 97 Klein Stage Comp, 81 SR Touring Bike, 80's CCM, 84 Bridgestone 200
    Posts
    4,917
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There's no way I could keep up with a group ride right now.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Bloomington, IN
    My Bikes
    Trek 2.3 w/ full SRAM Red; Surly LHT
    Posts
    389
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    solveg, that's what I think as well, but Tom suggested I try it anyways and other have said that I'll love it. I guess it all depends on the group you ride with. If you are with friendly riders, then some of them should be making sure you don't fall behind and keeping you motivated.

  13. #13
    Man, Myth, Legend,Bigfoot chunkyd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    North Texas
    My Bikes
    09` Motobecane Cx - 07` Dawes LT1000 - 82` Trek 412
    Posts
    354
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Solveg and JoeMetal - Toms right.. give it a shot and it would be a casual ride anyways more about meeting everyone in the forum then spinning it out.

    BTW - Joe i was in Bloomington,In for the first time in my life 2 months ago.. i loved it great town! way better than bloomington,Il where i'm at! lol

  14. #14
    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    South Florida
    My Bikes
    Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
    Posts
    16,014
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    4 Thread(s)
    Upcoming rides:

    Sizzling Century

    Hilly Hundred

    The Wife and I are definitely doing these......sign up! The Hilly is worth the drive even from Minnesota!
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


    . “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

  15. #15
    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
    My Bikes
    Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
    Posts
    21,575
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by solveg
    There's no way I could keep up with a group ride right now.
    Depends on the group, Solveg. I just acted as a ride leader for the first time in my life for a group of women who live in the southern part of Seattle/Renton/Kent/Auburn. A very nice ride--flat with a gentle, but continual upward grade for about 12 miles, then some hill climbing along a rural road with no shoulder (so the new people could get used to road riding), through part of my favourite MUP, then finished off with a great downhill descent for a total of around 31 miles. I made certain that no one was left behind, and tried to keep the pace at 15 mph. I had one rider who had only ridden five times previously . If we'd needed to go slower, we would have gone slower. You can improve amazingly fast if you have someone who brings out the best in you.

    East Hill
    ___________________________________________________
    TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

  16. #16
    Squirrel solveg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    My Bikes
    07 Rivendell Atlantis, 80's Mondonico, 91 Cinelli ATB, 83 Schwinn Peleton, 94 Scott Cheyenne, 97 Klein Stage Comp, 81 SR Touring Bike, 80's CCM, 84 Bridgestone 200
    Posts
    4,917
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, you guys inspired me.

    I was at my LBS this morning, and they're a laid back BOB (Bridgestone Owners Bunch) type of shop. I knew they had a Saturday morning ride, and they seemed really non-competitive. They said I was welcome any time I felt ready, and they never leave anyone behind... the owner leads the group and said I could wink at him if I got tired and he'd make it shorter, since they never have a set route in mind.

    So I'm going to work hard to get to the point where I can join them!

  17. #17
    Squirrel solveg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    My Bikes
    07 Rivendell Atlantis, 80's Mondonico, 91 Cinelli ATB, 83 Schwinn Peleton, 94 Scott Cheyenne, 97 Klein Stage Comp, 81 SR Touring Bike, 80's CCM, 84 Bridgestone 200
    Posts
    4,917
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Any other Twin Citians out there send me an email and I'll tell you more about the shop, if you're interested in the ride.

  18. #18
    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    South Florida
    My Bikes
    Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
    Posts
    16,014
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    4 Thread(s)
    Well, Solveg, if crazylady and I were in the Twin Cities, we'd definitely ride with ya!

    Actually, I have a few people around the area I'd like to hook up with from my blog, etc, so ya never know! We may get that way next Summer!
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


    . “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

  19. #19
    F1 Fanatic!
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    chicagolopolis
    My Bikes
    ???
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyd
    this is the perfect itme to suggest a casual meetup and ride for this forum..

    how about it? i'm in illinois and love driving... if its within 6 hours count me in, if not then i need to plan it out a little more but i'm still in.
    Whereabouts in Illinois? I'm in Darien and wouldn't mind somebody to ride with for the brief distances I'm currently able to ride.... Hit me with a PM if you're interested.

    John

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •