Grumpy Old Bugga
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Bikes: Hillbrick, Europa (R.I.P.)
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Ahh, the aggressiveness of youth
Took the Europa for trundle today. In HILLS
(she's fixed gear) Actually, I did a lot better than I expected, but that's another story.
Coming home along Chandler's Hill Road, there were a couple of teenagers on mtbs ahead, just fooling around as they pottered along. Nothing wrong with that except that they were all over the edge of the road and I had traffic coming up behind me so as I approached them, I called out 'excuse me' and then rode past at about 30 km/hr.
Just up the road a bit, one of them comes howling past me, head down over the bars, going like blazes. You guessed it, as he went past, I heard 'excuse me'.
Up the road a little bit, is a deepish dip onto a creek with a similar climb up the other side. The approved method of handling this is to go like the clappers down the hill and hope you coast up the other side. The lad starts to pedal a bit harder. I let the Europa wind up then thought, 'ahh stuffit' and poured on the coals. I ripped past him doing about 45 km/hr with a cadence up around 140 something (she's a fixie remember)
Funny, as I approached the roundabout a couple of hundred metres up the road, I turned to look for traffic (as you do before taking a lane), and they'd disappeared.
hey, it's not often I get away with things like that so it's nice to crow when I do