I have recently started cycling again after many years out of it so I am now overweight and unfit.
I go cycling with a friend who is approx the same fitness and he is also overweight but much more powerful than me, but I am having problems trying to motivate him to try harder.
We get to a hill and I do my best to ride it in as high a gear as I can to maintain a cadence of approx 80 where I know I am working, where as he will just keep dropping gears until he is in lowest gear and so I get to the top and have to wait for him every time which is becoming annoying as its killing my average speed.
The problem is he is lazy and as soon as he feels even the slightest amount of work he will use a lower gear until he has none left.
Now I have come up with a few ways to motivate him, see which you think is the best.
1. I strap a doughnut to the back of my saddle and he has to catch it.
2. I just tell him straight he is a lazy ass and needs to put some effort in.
3. I try to get a lady cyclist to join us and lead the way, I know he WILL really work hard to keep close to her rear
To be fair I am not asking the world here as my average speed is generally only around 12mph so its not like I am asking him to keep up with someone fast.