I am a Scotsman living in Vindobona, Austria ( = Vienna). I am new to this forum and am visiting it in the hope that someone can put my mind to rest and calm my nerves. I have a second hand, approx. 10 to 12 year old, 10 speed racing bicycle but I donīt know which model type (perhaps some French design) or exactly which frame material (either aluminium or steel ?). It was given to me by a friend who also doesnīt know all the details since it was not his bike either. I can ride fairly fast ( maybe about 20km / hr) on a level stretch of road for a couple of kilometres if I want to, especially with little or no extra weight such as a rucksack. My average speed I have been told is about 13 to 15 Km / hr. Which is always with a rucksack weighing about 4 - 5 kg. Sometimes more. I am 1m82cm tall and weigh about 85 - 90Kg. Aged 52 but very fit and healthy. I have ridden bicycles since about age 8. I have also always been very sporting and athletic, went hill walking frequently while in school and love swimming and running. When I ride over long distances of say 20 to 30 Km, I get pains in my wrists from leaning forward and downwards on the handlebars, pains in the crotch due to the saddle (despite having modified it myself to make it more comfortable), pains in the knees and sore feet. I am not interested in performing in races only in the bicycle as a means of transport and being comfortable throughout the jouney and not too exhausted and racked with pain at the end. My German friend who gave it to me is a spastik and can only ride a tricycle. He is about as tall and heavy as me but 12 years younger. Obviously he has never ridden on a bicycle in his life and has no idea of the pains and limitations from actual experience. He has a "Mad Max" (see "Bike Revolution / Mad Max von Steintrike) recumbant trike which he has been riding for only about 3 years. Despite his lack of experience he considers himself to be an expert on bicycles and recumbants and behaves like a Cycling Coach, always giving me advice and correcting me. He is a fanatic for doing calculations in his head and quoting statistics although he doesnīt even have the "Abitur" = A-Levels, = Scottish Highers, = High-School Diploma. He is a gross macho technical freak and also thinks he is a computer expert. I am an academic with a B.Sc Degree from Edinburgh University and a Post Graduate Diploma. He is certainly not more knowledgeable or talented than me in technical things and certainly not half as much regarding science.
Now here is the main point: He loves to go on long tours with his Trike and wants me to go with him which I would like to do but would need to further modify my bicycle to do so. We have gone on some training tours of max. 36Km at a time. One time we rode ca. 50km with about 30Kg on my back! At the end of which I have pains and need days to recover. He has a speedometer attached to his trike and is obsessed with speed. He has been massively criticizing me and heavily insulting me because I average only 13 km / hr according to him, despite travelling much faster some of the time and because I canīt always keep up with him or climb steep hills without dismounting. He considers me to be a weakling and unfit and a complete idiot and ignoramus because I have been trying to tell him about the obvious advantages of his vehicle compared to mine and because I would need an extra few gears to be able to improve my speed performance. He just keeps quoting the weight difference between our vehicles and that I have a racing bike which is perfectly good and that I should increase the rate of pedalling. He simply wonīt listen to me and insists he is right. Heīs been terrorizing me with insults for days via E.Mails and smsīs. Can someone please help me to correct him and make him shut up and eat his own words?