No pain, no gain.
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: California's Gold That's Amazing!
Bikes: Trek 7100, Windsor Fens
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Originally Posted by oaxacarider
congrats on your fitness but whats the big deal about passing a roadie?
I guess it's a personal thing. When I started commuting on a too-small beater MTB, everything on the trail passed me. As I improved, I started doing some passing of my own.
Brightly colored Lycra-clad roadies still blew by like a blur. When I got my new bike, I picked up speed. Now they passed me, but relatively slowly enough that I could see the look of contempt on many of their faces as they checked me out while going by. My attempts to speak to one or two were disdainfully ignored.
So, I have made it one of my cycling goals to drop some of these neon jerks. I may eventually even have to buy a road bike to gain the speed necessary
YMMV in your area. Here in Northern California, the rule of thumb I've built is: The brighter the Lycra, the bigger the jerk.
(Some of my anger stems from behavior of these folks on the Multi-use trail when it's crowded with peds and strollers on weekend mornings)