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Old 03-22-05, 12:22 AM   #1
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Need to get one with a motor

....said the hardley davidson rider as I pedalled past him at a red light...I laughed it off and then whipped back with "I have one right here" and patted my thigh
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Sounds more like a friendly comment to me!

Man PWRD, you sure got a lot of people hassling you!
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Sounds more like a friendly comment to me!

Man PWRD, you sure got a lot of people hassling you!
I've had that said to me before. I just reply with the quote under my name.
"I've got one, 2 cylinders, half a horsepower". It makes em feel bad when you're keeping up with them in traffic and they have 250 hp and you only have 1/2 hp.
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Why would you want to make one of the Hell's Deviates or whatever "feel bad". I'm sure that some of those bikers couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag, but the weapons they carry probably more than make up for it.
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Why would you want to make one of the Hell's Deviates or whatever "feel bad". I'm sure that some of those bikers couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag, but the weapons they carry probably more than make up for it.
Fer sure,PWRD lives in Knoxville TN and its like a Mad Max flick over there.
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I've had that said to me before. I just reply with the quote under my name.
"I've got one, 2 cylinders, half a horsepower". It makes em feel bad when you're keeping up with them in traffic and they have 250 hp and you only have 1/2 hp.
1/2hp is a little generous don't you think
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1/2hp is a little generous don't you think
Nah. In highschool, we calculated HP by timing how fast we could climb a flight of stairs. Using a formula that also took our weight into account, we could calculate how much power was exerted. Basically, X mass lifted Y distance in Z time. We could then calculate HP.

One bigger guy (approaching or exceeding 200 lbs) was over 1 HP. I was somewhere in the 0.7 range.

Mind you, this is full-throttle exertion compete-with-your-classmates numbers, so you'll probably be be pushing way less than that on an average commute. Still, 1/2 HP it entirely reasonable, you could even say 3/4 HP I think!
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I guess it depends on if you're claiming 1/2 horsepower for a holeshot, or for a longer ride. Yes, numbers exceeding 1 hp are possible for a few seconds. Using my times from hour rides, I've calculated my output at about 0.4 hp. A half hp would be enough to let you nail a 4-hour century without drafting.
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If I push myself and I'm healthy, the weather's good, I can average 22mph on a rolling course. Say I hold 25mph for 1 hour on flat ground in warm weather, how many HP would I need?
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so you'll probably be be pushing way less than that on an average commute
Well there are some of us who do push all out on commutes.
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because on campus you're allowed to use the crosswalks...cars must yield to you in a certain area. I do get hassled alot, but this guy was nice about it, and just joking around. Most of my hassling is simply teenagers yelling at me b/c I'm big
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Seems like a lot of motorcycles pull up next to me at lights. A lot of them challenge me to a race, just as a friendly comment. When I accept the challenge they get a good laugh out of it. I get to see some nice wheelies and hole shots too. They are all friendly to me.
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I'm reminded of a post from Mark Hickey a while back in rec.bicycles.misc...

http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...fc99fbb32ec83c
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