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    "She's the terror of Colorado Blvd."

    Well this lil ol' lady wasn't from Pasadena, but she sure was moving! I was talking my autistic sister to breakfast on the tandem, when suddenly we were passed by this phenom. I realized several things. One, I have another 15 years in me. Two. Fat, nubby, moutain style tires slow you down more than you think. Three. My sister has been sandbagging me! I realized that what I THOUGHT was improperly slack tension on the drive chain, was actually my sister matching the speed of her sprocket to mine, giving me the false impression that she was "Pulling her weight"! After I got her to actually HELP, we gained on Grandma.....for a while. We couldn't close the gap any more and then had to turn off. (THANK GOD!)


    ps There was one sorely vexed rear seater coming home from breakfast! NO FREE RIDE SISTER!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredgarvin7 View Post
    . My sister has been sandbagging me! I realized that what I THOUGHT was improperly slack tension on the drive chain, was actually my sister matching the speed of her sprocket to mine, giving me the false impression that she was "Pulling her weight"!
    I have a friend who tows his kids in a trail-a-bike/chariot trailer combo. Unfortunately, his oldest is smart enough to pedal just fast enough so Dad can't hear the trail-a-bike freewheeling, but not fast enough to do any work.

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    I understand this scenario completely, the turning point for me when I was dusted by an older woman on a old 3 speed with a horribly squeaky chain.

    From then on, there was a strong effort on my part in learning what I had to be doing wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    I understand this scenario completely, the turning point for me when I was dusted by an older woman on a old 3 speed with a horribly squeaky chain.
    Nothing more shameful than being overtaken by a blue-hair on a cruiser. Unfortunately, I know the feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    Nothing more shameful than being overtaken by a blue-hair on a cruiser. Unfortunately, I know the feeling.

    Well, thank God she was on a road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver_ghost View Post
    Unfortunately, his oldest is smart enough to pedal just fast enough so Dad can't hear the trail-a-bike freewheeling, but not fast enough to do any work.
    My youngest (6) pedals so fast on the trail-a-bike we overtake her older brother (8) on his bike. I have to use the brakes to hold her back some days.
    There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.

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