I have started commuting more regular again. My current bike choice for commute is a 1973(?) Schwinn Racer 3 speed. I love this bike. However lately I have been amazed. On the ride back home (more folks are out) I have been catching, passing, and keeping ahead of folks in full kit. It's crazy to me that I can pass others on full carbon bikes in lycra and all and stay ahead without being in a "race mode". However today I feel I may have offended a guy, I caught him and passed him on a downhill. As I was passing he looked at me and started cranking away. He caught and passed me on the next up, from here he did stay ahead a bit, but I was always right on his wheel at the top of the hill. Near the end of my commute I did pass him again and he tried to catch me but bonked. It was crazy. I have never been the fast guy. I know they are many, and I mean many, others out there a lot faster, but man this has been a great feeling this week! Just wanted to share, being 280lbs and on a old 3 speed this is an awesome feeling!
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