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    Trans-Urban Velocommando ax0n's Avatar
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    If you're gonna be an a-hole on the MUP...

    ...and drop me, FFS make sure you can commit to it!

    I missed my commute today, so I decided to go for a spin on one of the nearby paths. I rode about 13 miles out and turned around. About 3 miles into my return trip, a guy on a mountain bike decides to come up and ride next to me at a leisurely pace of about 14 MPH. I figured he'd pass me. He glanced over, and darted off.

    I'd describe my bike handling skills as intermediate, and my fitness level as mediocre. My commuter ride is a cheap 9-year old rigid mountain bike on slick tires and SPD pedals. A ghetto hybrid if you will. Believe me when I say that getting dropped is something that wouldn't surprise me, even if by it's a fellow clyde on an x-mart mountain bike. I wasn't in any mood to show off; I was enjoying my ride!

    We were on the flats, hardly a breeze to speak of, and I just held my pace. Once he was about 200 yards ahead, he dropped his tempo down to about my speed. 1/4 mile later, he was slowing down. It wasn't long until I had to say "On your left!" and go around him.

    He tried to be a wheel sucker for a bit. That kind of cheesed me off. First he gives me attitude on a freaking beautiful evening, then he drops me, but is too out of shape to stay ahead, THEN he thinks he's entitled to draft me? Forget that noise. I left him in the dust with about a mile burst of 20 MPH (which, by the way just about killed me)
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    I think this belongs in the roadie forum.


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    Maybe he was doing intervals!

    Or maybe he just needed to get schooled in pacing one's self. Either way, you pwned him. Woot!

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    Trans-Urban Velocommando ax0n's Avatar
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    I'm just happy it was nice out and I got my miles in for the day.

    Life's too short to be a chest-beating primate on a bike. That guy needs to save his energy for the track (err...trainer)
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    I like to increase my speed gradually when they're behind me. About +1mph every minute or so at such a gradual pace that they don't really notice. Before long, I hear them panting and huffing louder and louder. Making them drop off your wheel when they're drafting is the ultimate humiliation!

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    Trans-Urban Velocommando ax0n's Avatar
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    See, I'd have to be in considerably better shape than the dropee if I were to pull that trick. I'll definitely save that for later, though!
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