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    Senior Member RoMad's Avatar
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    I rode with a cheater today

    I had to work today but being a slow day I took a long lunch and took my bike to a local MUP. The MUP is only 5 miles long so I did two out and backs. It was very windy on the out portion so I stayed on the small ring in the front and just kept up my rpms. As I was coming back from my first lap I passed a fellow who looked about 60 just leaving the parking lot on a comfort bike. I made a slow lap around the parking lot and headed back into the wind. I figured I would catch him fairly soon. I didn't see him again until the 3 mile marker. He had stopped and was starting again just ahead of me. I sped up a little to catch him and he kept looking over his shoulder and speeding up. I kept speeding up and got about 2 feet behind him. He was sitting up so straight he was easy to draft. He was going straight into a strong wind at 18.5 mph on a comfort bike with a front shock. We exchanged pleasantrys and I drafted him until the 5 mile marker at the end of the trail. I could'nt beleive how fast he could ride into that head wind. When he stopped I noticed a big odd looking hub on his bike. I asked him if he had drum brakes. He said no, it's an electric motor that aides me when I pedal. I wish I had my camera with me. It was one of these
    http://www.greenspeed.us/bionx_motor_bike_kit.htm. I left him at the end of trail as I had to get back to work. He said he was going to have a smoke (pipe) and enjoy the view of the gulf of Mexico before heading back.

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    There is a BFN forum specifically dedicated to electric bikes.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/electric-bikes/

    We rode in an organized ride where a person with a disability used one of those. It really helped her to keep up, as she did not have the strength to pedal much uphill.
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    I guess not everyone rides for fitness. Stopping to have a smoke on one's pipe is priceless.... not great for one's health, but priceless.

    I confess to cheating when it comes to golf. I could never figure out why you carry handfuls of tees in your golf bag unless you intend to use them. Hence, if I don't like the lay for my second shot, often as not, I'll tee it up.
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    I confess that I cheated today - and am better for it. I've been completely worn down by a cold and sinus infection for about a month. Today, I rode my Bionx assisted cyclocross bike to work. It greatly improved my spirits. I would not have been able to ride normally and remained strong enough to put in my hours at the office.
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    Goes along with the thread on now varied we all are. ALL kinds of people ride bikes, even cheaters...er...those who need a little help once in a while, like those who smoke.

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    don't give up on him so quickly

    As a former smoker who now puts more miles on his bike than his car. This guy might just end up giving up the smoke and just needs a little nudge in the right direction. He might be powering his own someday.

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