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    Does anyone out there have any advice for riding fairly slowly(around 8-10mph is ideal).

    My younger cousins love to ride with me, but are very slow. They don't talk much when we are riding since they are concentrating on pushing themselves.

    However, with no conversation to distract me, my brain goes into autopilot mode and I automatically push the pace up to my regular speed(around 22/23mph) which is much to fast for them at the moment.

    Any tips for going slowly? I need something to occupy my mind or else I kind of stare off into space and do my own thing.

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    Try riding in lower gear ratios? Kind of hard to go fast in 39/21
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    I can try that, but at the moment my mtb is on loan to a family member so i am stuck with the road bikes, both of which have fairly high gears.

    I just need to stay occupied with something to keep my brain busy. What do you guys suggest? I guess I could sing while I ride, but I think I would get too many strange looks

    I was thinking of playing an "I Spy" kind of game with my cousins(they love that kind of stuff). Keep me busy and they would have something to do besides just concentrate on riding.

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    Get a single speed cruiser with huge tires and run 20 psi.

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    I ride my fixie when on a pleasure cruise with a slower family member/friend. Might not work for everyone.
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    It's kind of like balancing a manufacturing assembly line, you want the slowest person up front to set the pace so you don't get ahead of them. Just stay behind them.
    Otherwise, mechanically disadvantage yourself:

    1. Gear down real low and work on your spin (look at your cadance, not mph on your computer so you don't see your speed).
    2. Get a fs mountain bike, put 20psi in your 2.5" knobbies, crank away.
    3. Find an old bike with an internally geared hub, fill up both the BB and geared hub with liquid cement right before your ride.
    4. Strap an open umbrella to your rack behind your bike.

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    Ride behind them

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    If I ever get my singlespeed done, that would be perfect.

    Just put tiny gears on there and limit myself.

    I think I'm going to try to stay in the lowest gear on my road bike and try and keep a a cadence of around 40-50rpm. And I'll adjust if need be. Till the fixie is done(or I get my mtb back) I'm just going to have to pay more attention.

    Thanks guys.

    edit: or maybe I could tow a trailer with someone in it...hmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by forum*rider
    edit: or maybe I could tow a trailer with someone in it...hmmm...
    It's easier to just tow a cinder block behind you...

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    What's your lowest gear on the roadie? Something like 39x21? @ 60 rpm that's like 9 mph, so put it in your lowest gear and spin spin away.....

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    my lowest gear is 42x21 on both road bikes.

    I have slightly larger chainrings than normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djbrod
    I ride my fixie when on a pleasure cruise with a slower family member/friend. Might not work for everyone.
    same here
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    1. Gear down real low and work on your spin (look at your cadance, not mph on your computer so you don't see your speed).
    2. Get a fs mountain bike, put 20psi in your 2.5" knobbies, crank away.
    I second these suggestions. Maybe it wouldn't even have to be FS, but the fat knobbies with fairly low PSI will certainly increase the drag coefficient.
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    take off the clipless pedals if you have them. i have a bike which has a set of platform pedals and i just wear regular sneakers when i ride it. slows me down considerably.

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    I'll do that once I get my mountainbike back(should get it back by next weekend?), until then I'm going to just try and spin a low gear and work on cadence while making sure the little kiddos aren't getting out of hand on the MUP.

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    My "career" as "world's slowest cyclist" has been enhanced considerably by fifty years of practice, and stopping frequently at "all you can eat buffets". A wider profile provides the wind resistance that is essential for being truly slow. One speed beach cruisers are the ideal "slow rider's" bike.

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    Re-adjust the brakes so they are always rubbing against your rims.
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    Let someone else take them. Seriously. What would probably discourage them from wanting to ride is seeing someone barrel away from them and they can't keep up, then maybe they just get discouraged. It's really great that you want to take the young ones out with you, but if you can't keep your mind on the fact that they're riding with you, better to let someone else take them. Besides, you may be off in the distance, they could be rushing to catch up with you, and something negative could happen to them along the way.

    Best to just do your own thing and let them find someone else that can focus on them and not their own ride.

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    When I got my wife back into cycling, I would go out for a long, hard ride first. After my ride I would be prepared for an easy ride with her and wouldn't want to go too far or too hard.
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    koffe, I have been thinking about that. My aunt could go with them. She is more of a chatty rider, if you know what I mean.

    SteveE, thanks for the suggestion, but I think I'm going to stop riding with them for awhile. When they are older and a bit faster I'll start going on rides with them again.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    Let someone else take them. Seriously. What would probably discourage them from wanting to ride is seeing someone barrel away from them and they can't keep up, then maybe they just get discouraged. It's really great that you want to take the young ones out with you, but if you can't keep your mind on the fact that they're riding with you, better to let someone else take them. Besides, you may be off in the distance, they could be rushing to catch up with you, and something negative could happen to them along the way.

    Best to just do your own thing and let them find someone else that can focus on them and not their own ride.

    Koffee
    Good advice.
    Having ridden with little people., riding with them is fun, stressful, and rewarding, but its not "riding." Its teaching.

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    So true. My nephews are SLOW. But they are only 5 and 7 years old. I wouldn't hesitate to head out there on a ride with them, and I would never think to just leave them just because I forgot about them. I spent one afternoon with the 7 year old just riding and riding and riding, and then I gave him some great cycling tips. Tomorrow, I'm taking my sister-in-law out for a ride. She smokes and is out of shape, but my thing is to get her into cycling and get her to enjoy it so she can get the rest of the family into riding.

    I just know how bad it is to be left behind. I wouldn't do it to someone.

    Koffeee

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    Well come on you'd be slow too if you were on 10" wheels with 2" knobs and singlespeed.

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    Same thing happens when I ride with my girlfriend. I just think about how pissed she'll be if I take off and leave her and that helps me slow down...

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    Ride behind the slowest rider, stay in a low gear. There's not much more you can do.

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