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    Muscle bike design spec robtown's Avatar
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    I cheated and it was fun

    I had a slow start this year commuting to work and was delayed by surgery last month. This week I rode Monday and Tuesday, drove Wednesday. Tomorrow I hope to ride a Schwinn that I'm building tonight.

    In order to take it easier today I rode my Bionx pedal assist bike. Thursday is the group ride day for the town where I work and their route intersects mine for 3 miles on the way home. The lead groups ride about 23mph. Today we had a headwind.

    I came up behind a few stragglers on a hill and overtook them. I reached another group of 6+ at the crest/light. A wizened guy up front lept off their pack and generated a commanding lead. I drafted him for a minute then pulled ahead.

    When I saw the main pack a couple hundred yards ahead I set the assist level to max and up-shifted. I caught them pulling out at the bottom of a hill and pulled into the line of cars passing in the left lane. Within 15 seconds I passed them at speeds around 27mph.

    I gained a hundred yards into the strongest headwind and continued until I pulled off onto my street.

    It was cheating and I did rest on my rest day - but it was a blast.
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    Well, cheating is OK once in a while.
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    Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone >> Gone

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    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

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    "Cheating" means there are agreed-to rules you are violating. This sounds more like parallel play. You rode your ride within your parameters alongside others who had different parameters. That's not cheating; that's riding YOUR ride.

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    Once, I rode my Kawasaki 750 right past a whole pack of roadies. Going fast is always fun, but I had no illusions that I was racing them.

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    They pass me most Thursday evenings. Once or twice I've been able to hang on at up to 25mph. Once I passed them on my single speed w/panniers.
    My project manager happened to see me pass the group (he was at a side street in his car).

    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    That's a very sleepy forum. The Bionx is a pedal assist - I pedaled as hard as ever pushing 25mph.
    Last edited by robtown; 08-06-11 at 04:54 PM.
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    Just think how much faster you would have been on a Ducati.
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    Sounds like fun. I'd like to pull that on the local hot-shots at the "Tuesday Night World Championships".
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