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Old 01-14-08, 05:12 PM   #1
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Chasing Rabbits...

With the temp today in the upper 40s, and some spare time for a quick training ride, I took the opportunity to do my "flat time trial" route (I'm trying to get my avg. speed back up). The entire route is 16.5 miles, starting off on side streets with lots of stop signs, lights, etc. for the first (and last, its an out and back route) 3 3/4 miles, until I hit the "stretch".

I was cruising that stretch (about 5 miles or so each way) pulling a good 16-20 mph during the ride out, turned around for the ride back, taking a bit of a break, and noticed another cyclist pulling a u-turn and heading out the same direction. It didn't take long before he passed without saying a word.

Now, I have to tell you, having people pass without an "on your left", or a hello, or anything, is something that really irks me. Its a courtesy that should be extended to all cyclists, no matter what </rant>.

I let the other cyclist go for a bit, then put the hammer down. Didn't take long for me to catch up, and overtake him, saying "good morning" as I slipped by after waiting for traffic to clear so it was safe to do so (the road has wide enough shoulders coming back, that I didn't draft a bit, I was a few feet off to one side).

Looked back a few times, saw him loosing ground, and either he turned off, or just gave up.

Some days its good to be a clyde! Finished the ride with over a 15 mph avg speed (those stops on the side streets really kill my avg speed)

Anyway, that was my ride today, hope yours were great as well.
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My idea of chasing rabbits is putting the 150 lb guy on a 5,000 ft climb then trying to catch him. Those mtns really kill the average speed!
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My idea of chasing rabbits is watch the hounds chase Rusty around the track and hoping I win.
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My idea of chasing rabbits is putting the 150 lb guy on a 5,000 ft climb then trying to catch him. Those mtns really kill the average speed!
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fc, I love stories like that.
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This is where I chase the rabbits. This is the north side of the mtn. I cracked my frame riding up the opposite side, where I live.....Some of them suckers are too fast though!

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This is where I chase the rabbits. This is the north side of the mtn. I cracked my frame riding up the opposite side, where I live.....Some of them suckers are too fast though!
I still can't get over those pics. I hope they let you keep the frame with the warranty stuff (fat chance) because that's a pretty amazing trophy.

Oh, and the only place I chase rabbits is on "Super Mario Galaxy". Anyone who's played it will know what I'm talking about. It gets kind of old.
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wow, that is a great shot Mr. B. Would love to ride something like that one day, but that will never happen livin in the flatlands.
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wow, that is a great shot Mr. B. Would love to ride something like that one day, but that will never happen livin in the flatlands.
Yeah, it's cool. Most don't appreciate the climbs but it's a totally different side of riding. Takes time to acquire the taste but it's not all that bad like many make it out to be.

We do a forum ride on this climb. Looking at the pic, we climb up for the far left 7 0'clock. Cut across at about 10 O'clock. Then start to climb at 2 O'clock up to 4 O'clock. then up and across to the Village. 33 miles of climbing. Then back down.

It's quite an experience! A pleasant one once you relax and find a groove.

Jax, if you ever come out here, I'm sure the SoCal people will be more than happy to lead you! I'm sure they would tailor a ride to your liking!
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Only if it's flat. That would kill me at the moment. Riding the bridges 10 times is still not 33 miles of climbing.
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This is where I chase the rabbits. This is the north side of the mtn. I cracked my frame riding up the opposite side, where I live.....Some of them suckers are too fast though!



Those must be the billygoat rabbits! Looks like quite a climb.
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Mountain goat rabbits!
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Now, I have to tell you, having people pass without an "on your left", or a hello, or anything, is something that really irks me. Its a courtesy that should be extended to all cyclists, no matter what </rant>.
I don't buy this part. If I am riding at +90% I probably don't want to waste a breath with a call on a pass, in most cases any call out just results in scaring the beejezus out of the other person and results in more bike movement than a silent pass. In any case it does not mean that I am arrogant and feel the other rider is beneath a comment. Sometime I wave, sometimes I nod and sometimes I'm head down in pain.
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Are those like rabid mountain goats. I think I'd be riding the other way.
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I don't buy this part. If I am riding at +90% I probably don't want to waste a breath with a call on a pass, in most cases any call out just results in scaring the beejezus out of the other person and results in more bike movement than a silent pass. In any case it does not mean that I am arrogant and feel the other rider is beneath a comment. Sometime I wave, sometimes I nod and sometimes I'm head down in pain.
I find a ring ring of my bell works just as well, especially when combined with a wide pass....
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Good point, and always an acceptable substitute.
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" I let the other cyclist go for a bit, then put the hammer down. Didn't take long for me to catch up, and overtake him, saying "good morning" as I slipped by after waiting for traffic to clear so it was safe to do so (the road has wide enough shoulders coming back, that I didn't draft a bit, I was a few feet off to one side).

Looked back a few times, saw him loosing ground, and either he turned off, or just gave up."

I don't see your point. If it irked you that you got passed, why weren't you going faster in the first place?

It "irks" me when I pass someone and then have them speed up and pass me only because of their ego is so fragile! If you don't want to be passed, then stay ahead. Don't play games!
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Now, I have to tell you, having people pass without an "on your left", or a hello, or anything, is something that really irks me. Its a courtesy that should be extended to all cyclists, no matter what </rant>.
I completely agree with your sentiment. If you aren't paying attention to what is behind you it can be startling and cause accidents.
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I was cruising that stretch (about 5 miles or so each way) pulling a good 16-20 mph during the ride out, turned around for the ride back, taking a bit of a break, and noticed another cyclist pulling a u-turn and heading out the same direction. It didn't take long before he passed without saying a word.

Now, I have to tell you, having people pass without an "on your left", or a hello, or anything, is something that really irks me. Its a courtesy that should be extended to all cyclists, no matter what </rant>.\
Might I suggest one of these:


Cyclists who get hit from behind, usually don't know what is behind them, having a mirror installed and checking it regularly, means you know that other cyclist is behind you, and also means you know soccer mom is there too (not paying attention) and you can always get out of the way, rather then ending up road kill.
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