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Old 06-10-08, 09:28 PM   #1
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Drowning in a Sea (Ocean?) of Estrogen

Drowning in a Sea (Ocean?) of Estrogen

Jeff Foxworthy describes his life, surrounded by female children, sisters, nieces (no nephews), etc., as living in a sea (or ocean, I can't remember) of estrogen.

Today, I also nearly drowned in a sea of estrogen!

My wife belongs to a ladies group, a more relaxed older ladies group. There is another group, much more of a "Type A" - "Let's practice climbing hills," - group.

They decided to join together for a 14 mile trip up and down Waterton Canyon, a highly scenic gravel road paralleling the S Platte River in the Denver foothills.

[See pictures and a story about Waterton Canyon here:

http://members.aol.com/dnvrfox/fambicy.htm ]

So, we all met in the parking lot - and despite husbands being invited - I was the only male.

OK

1. Next to us, a lady was attempting to blow up a totally flat tire with a leaking pump. They did not know how to get a Shrader pump head onto the valve when the tube was flat. So, I got my pump, supported the tube from the front of the tire, and inflated it for them. ALso, the front tire was 30 pounds low, so I fixed that.

2. The faster ladies took off, never to be seen until the top.

3. One lady got ill, and I stayed with her (except my wife would have if I hadn't been there). We finally got her to a shelter, and Nora sprayed her with water - oh it was supposed to be 90F and she had no water, and had been very sick two days before.

4. At the top, there were others who had no water nor food. My wife shared with one.

5. On the way back, there was a flat tire. Someone came riding back up to where I was and asked if I had a pump. Of course I did. So, I rode down to the flat - no pump, no tube, no patch kit. I had an extra 26" tube with me, removed the wheel, fixed the flat (a small shard of steel wire), pumped it up with my handy pump, and we were all on our way again. If not for me, it could have been a 6 mile walk. My wife had a tube and pump, but her spare tube was 700x38.

The ladies, even knowing that one was in trouble, had all gone back to the parking lot even before I fixed the flat, and took off for lunch, leaving a note on the windshield where they went. I guess they had supreme confidence that I would get things properly fixed. I did.

But, despite all, I had a good day, and so did the ladies. The river was beautiful and the weather nice, and some of the ladies were fun to talk to.

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Old 06-10-08, 09:30 PM   #2
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A sea of estrogen on a mountain...hmmm...for many guys they can only fantasize

...glad you had a good time!
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Old 06-10-08, 09:36 PM   #4
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Dnvr Fox is now an honorary 'fox!' What a guy!
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Old 06-10-08, 09:37 PM   #5
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Old 06-10-08, 09:43 PM   #6
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The cycling group could really use a guy like you, but who wants to feel used?
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Old 06-10-08, 10:56 PM   #7
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I could tell you the story of how I once fixed a guy's flat tire because he didn't know how, but I digress. Kudos to you for stepping up to the plate. M or F...many of us have been there and sometimes it's just the right thing to do, gender issues not withstanding.
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And they said shivery was dead.
You have complained about “group” rides in the past – I am not sure whether or not you would add this one to the complaint list, sounds like you may have enjoyed being the night in shinning armor
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A fox in the henhouse!
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A fox in the henhouse!
He even found "some of the ladies fun to talk to," that rascal.
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Good for you! I'm sure the ladies enjoyed your company and especially your help.
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Good for you! I'm sure the ladies enjoyed your company and especially your help.
I think we should take a poll.
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I think we should take a poll.

That's a good idea but we need to include a category of women helping men along the road/trails My experience with this has varied greatly.

One young man was really thankful I could provide him with a tube since he had left home for "just a short ride" without one.

The other cranky old fart didn't even thank me when I gave him a frame pump to use since his CO2 canister failed to operate. Maybe it was because he's a fellow club member who had previously chided me for carrying both a frame pump and CO2. He was probably ticked because I didn't offer him my CO2.
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That's all you guys ever think about: pumps and tubes.
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Sounds like a good time was had by all...well most...doing their own thing....on a group ride. I guess that is normal.
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Tell me Dnvr, was it fun?

Why do I want to know? My retirement "Dream Job" is to ride sweep
for organized tours, much like the Vermont Bicycle Tour Company
runs. You know, from Inn to Inn. Of course, since it's a dream...and my dream at that, it will never be allowed to come to fruition (you see, I live in an estrogen rich environment also), but it would be nice to know if it's a fun job.

I wonder if the ladies group will consider hiring you on as a regular sweep/sag?
You could get your riding and wrenching fix all in one day!!!!
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That's all you guys ever think about: pumps and tubes.
Women are so proud of being able to read our minds. BIG DEAL! How hard could it be?
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It was a tough job, Denver, but somebody had to do it.
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I work in a profession where almost 90% are women. I'm pretty used to being the only one in a group with the defective "Y" chromosome. However, the behavior you described of women leaving another in trouble behind is not what I would have expected.
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This thread is a surprise to me. I ride with several women who can kick my ass, and have. They change tires and do whatever needs to be done. They ride prepared, with whatever tools, food, water or clothing they need. Heck, I took a class from the VeloGirls group, who totally rock and can change a tire faster than you can blink.

I think there is more variation in individual people than there is between genders. You just got an odd group.
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D Fox , Good work, But you forgot the most important stuff to go up there with...The fly rod and fly box.....Just watch out for the rattlers in the rocks on the way down to the water...
Wouldn't that make you popular with the ladies???
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D. Sorry to burst your bubble here, but there was not enough estrogen left in that group to wet your whistle, let alone drown you. Unless the lot was on HRT, and then you would have had to go through their purses (yes, that is spelled with an R) and that, well, that's perilous. Still, it sounds like a great group date.
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Once I took eight women hiking in Yellowstone.
It led to this:
To all the girls I took out west!
Most all of them had PMS
I thought it would be fun.
But all that estrogen...
Just brought out their b1tchiness.
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