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Old 06-05-06, 09:06 PM   #1
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The Narcissism Thread!

Hey folks. It's time we started a thread where we can shamelessly brag about the people we dropped whether they "deserved" it or not, whether it was easy or not, no matter the conditions!

So, brag about your commute here!
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Old 06-05-06, 09:31 PM   #2
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Maybe tomorrow. I only just now finally got the Nova wired up for some real-world use. 3 watts!!


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Old 06-05-06, 10:22 PM   #3
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How about the fool that crossed in the crosswalk, against the light? (yes, the cagers ALMOST got him... maybe next time)

Took me a whole 30 seconds after the light turned green (and I waited for that one LAST cager to go flying through a solid red light at 20 mph over the speed limit!) to catch and blow past him.

Oh... did I mention I was wearing steel toe work boots, dress slacks, long sleeve shirt, and carrying my laptop and everything else I normally commute with?
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My road bike has a computer now, and it was nice out today so I rode to work on it. I did my first major climb at 15-16 mph today which made me very happy.

I was all over the map going home though
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I passed a roadie while test riding my MTB Xtracycle conversion. That was interesting.

Also had a nice conversation with two ladies (who made a cute couple!) on a Harley.
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This isn't a bragging story, in fact, I almost got dropped by another commuter today. I noticed this guy on a Klein 'beater' with older Dura-Ace with 8-speed STI and beautiful parts, so I followed him on my old Schwinn road bike. Pretty soon he started hammering away in 54-14 or something and I simply couldn't keep his pace. I finally caught up to him at the stoplight, out of breath, where I managed to engage him in a quick conversation about his bike before he sped off. Whew. And I thought I was fast.
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This isn't a bragging story, in fact, I almost got dropped by another commuter today. I noticed this guy on a Klein 'beater' with older Dura-Ace with 8-speed STI and beautiful parts, so I followed him on my old Schwinn road bike. Pretty soon he started hammering away in 54-14 or something and I simply couldn't keep his pace. I finally caught up to him at the stoplight, out of breath, where I managed to engage him in a quick conversation about his bike before he sped off. Whew. And I thought I was fast.
I did some riding on Mercer Island yesterday and pulled up behind a guy hauling @ss on a nice new Bianchi pulling his kid in a trailer. It was pretty tough to say with him. I chatted with him for a minute. He said he raced and this was one way to get some training in. I guess so. It certainly gave me a workout.
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I dropped my spoon this morning at breakfast. That sucker was asking for it. I turned the milk up to 400 watts, and dropped that sucker.
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Did you give the spoon "the Look" also?

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I dont think I qualify to brag in this thread. :-(
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I played chicken with a wrong way roadie this morning.
I won.

I dropped myself after pushing it up to 400 watts. Then I gave myself the look
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I poured on the watts this morning and smoked past a guy on a raleigh three speed. He was wearing spandex so I am pretty sure he deserved it.
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I pulled up to the stop light and the guy in the GEO METRO Convertible just smirked at me like he finally saw someone poorer than himself. He gunned his engine and pieces of it hit the ground. The chase was on...Tires squeeled, He frantically tried restarting the car. I crank it up to 400 watts or about 19 mph. He gets the car stared and floors the gas. Then he gets SLAMMED from behind by a H1 Hummer which pushes him out in front of me. I pedal in anger and give him the look as he lies on the pavement. Time trialing at 22 mph for 3 blocks, I look back and he is a small bloody spot in the road.

The tool had it coming.

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I pulled up to the stop light and the guy in the GEO METRO Convertible just smirked at me like he finally saw someone poorer than himself. He gunned his engine and pieces of it hit the ground. The chase was on...Tires squeeled, He frantically tried restarting the car. I crank it up to 400 watts or about 19 mph. He gets the car stared and floors the gas. Then he gets SLAMMED from behind by a H1 Hummer which pushes him out in front of me. I pedal in anger and give him the look as he lies on the pavement. Time trialing at 22 mph for 3 blocks, I look back and he is a small bloody spot in the road.

The tool had it coming.

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There was a bunny on the side of the road this morning.... I gave him the look. He gave me the finger.
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watts, like a lightbulb?
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I think today was my slowest commute ever.

One of my SPDs started snap-crackle-popping last night, so I decided it was best to not ride on them anymore. (Having a pedal body stuck to your shoe, while your spindle is still attached a moving crank sucks)

... so I threw a 16T freewheel, and my BMX platforms on my (normally) fixed bianchi.

Coasting down the hill to work was so relaxing.
I wasn't even sweaty by the time I got to work.

Oh.. and to keep it on topic...
I'm going to drop the SPDs at the bike shop this afternoon, right after they give me the look.
They deserve to be waranteed at maximum wattage.
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I passed a Hispanic fellow this morning on the biggest heaviest clunkiest looking MTB I've ever seen. He was wearing what looked like blue collar work clothes and he wasn't going very fast. He was mashing a pretty big gear though. I kept thinking to myself, "Why doesn't he shift into an easier gear" but then thought he probably doesn't know much about gearing and efficient riding if he's mashing along in that gear.

I didn't dial it up and drop him like the poser he was, I just kept at my usual pace and effortlessly rode right by him. He deserved it though.
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I dropped these 2 big ass equipment trucks on Westcott. Then I dumped this landscaping company who thought it necesary to change 3 ****ing lanes to get in front of me to ****ing slow down so i ahd to drop him.
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I dropped my roadie this morning. I took the MTB to work! I got such a sad look from the Lemond I promised it we'd go look for slow commuters on Wal-Mart bikes to drop later. Did I mention my stereo has 400 watts?
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I've met my daily goal of beating the cars off the line at a flat intersection that runs into a 25mph zone. It's my daily sprint at the end of the commute where I made it to 26.9 one day last week. In the other direction, I hit 27.5 last week. And this is in work clothes / shoes / etc. on a Trek hybrid.

On what other machine does the motor get faster the more you use it?
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I hit the crosswalk button and the beatch didn't work, so I crossed against a solid red hand. That'll learn em.
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I dropped some speed skating rollerbladers in spandex. After I shot passed them, I slowed down to give them "the look" then cranked it up to 5 Megawatts and reversed the earth's rotation so I could go back in time and play the lotto.
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About a year ago I caught a kid on one of those ridiculous scooters. I think it was powered by a chainsaw engine and jeebus was it loud and smoky. I drafted him for a block and then pulled even and said "Is that as fast as that thing goes?"

Then I put it into the big ring to keep the same cadence and pulled away. The kid was like "Whu?!?!?"

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