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Old 04-23-14, 08:19 PM   #1
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You know your legs are getting stronger...

... when you go, "damn, I'm in the big ring HERE!?".

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Old 04-23-14, 08:22 PM   #2
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In my case it was when my jeans became too tight to wear comfortably. Congrats!
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Old 04-23-14, 09:52 PM   #4
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For me is when I rode 3 minutes slower than the fastest time home. Fastest was with a 35mph tailwind. Second fastest was with a light breeze, and I felt slow the whole way home.
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Old 04-23-14, 11:28 PM   #5
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Soon you'll be like this guy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnX4uaDYyIU
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That's when I know there's a nice tailwind.
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In my case it was when my jeans became too tight to wear comfortably. Congrats!
Yea, for a few years now I've been having to buy loose fit jeans vs traditional cut hahaha!

& yes congrats on your self-upgrade!!!

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when you look behind and there's never anybody there anymore.
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when you look behind and there's never anybody there anymore.
Heh. It was like that in the winter. Some guys are passing me occasionally, now that the weather is warmer.

I knew I was getting better when my waist got smaller and I had gained 5 pounds, the good kind.
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Lucky you guys.
I grew up with a bike. Seems like a good childhood, but the problem now is that my butt and hips are not proportional to the waist. That is, a 32 waist relaxed levi's look like lycra pants on me. A 36 waist fit hips perfect, but the jeans fall off my waist and butt
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When you pass the younger dudes struggling a slight uphill and then you let them catch up or pass you when you slow down coasting going downhill ; so you could do it again on the next uphil climb :-) and meanwhile checking them behind you on your rearview mirrors, priceless
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I rode home from the shop with my friend who was on his geared touring bike and I was riding my fixed gear that is running a 53:18 until I swap in a 20 tooth cog... he said he could not believe how fast the bike was and I told him I was idling.
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Old 04-24-14, 11:38 PM   #13
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When you breeze past a dude on a carbon roadie on this... (bike with the kid seat)



With your 25kg kid in the back eating an icecream and the dude can't keep pace. That was a fun day.
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Old 04-24-14, 11:38 PM   #14
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I've been in the big ring for as long as I can remember. I only shift out of it for serious hill climbs.
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When you breeze past a dude on a carbon roadie on this... (bike with the kid seat)



With your 25kg kid in the back eating an icecream and the dude can't keep pace. That was a fun day.
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Old 04-25-14, 01:15 PM   #16
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I don't know...Jeremy Clarkson has been in Top Gear for 20 years and he don't look too fit! But seriously, congrats!
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When you have to ride a bike with fat tires so you can still get a decent workout on the crowded MUPs.
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When your right leg no longer looks like this.
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What's the story behind the pic? Not much balance there.
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When you breeze past a dude on a carbon roadie on this... (bike with the kid seat)



With your 25kg kid in the back eating an icecream and the dude can't keep pace. That was a fun day.
I hear you on that one! Last summer there was a fairly in-shape guy in full racing getup on a very expensive looking carbon road bike... I overtook him on my cruiser that had its shifter broken & stuck in first gear since 2009 with fully laden backpack (bout 30 lbs). We must be doing something right!

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When your right leg no longer looks like this.
That's about a month and a half of a straight leg brace for my busted knee (fractured tibial plateau)
Atrophy happens ridiculously quick. Recovery is a bit slower...

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Yikes. Takes years to build the muscle and only two months to lose it?
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I'm not in lowest gear on that climb anymore.
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That's about a month and a half of a straight leg brace for my busted knee (fractured tibial plateau)
Atrophy happens ridiculously quick. Recovery is a bit slower...
Holy crap! I hope you recovered all right!
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I've been in the big ring for as long as I can remember. I only shift out of it for serious hill climbs.
...and serious winds (like the 40 mph headwind gusts last night)
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