Hi Duke - one of my teammates is in Afghanistan, he's a doc, I cant remember the name of the place he is stationed at. I hope you never have to meet him professionally, and if you do run into each other, I hope it's socially where you guys can talk about riding bikes.
hey, if you old coots want to reminisce about days of yore, go make your own thread in the old man's forum
i'm probably older than both of you, i just didnt start racing until later in my life
I never could get the action right to bump it with my knee and get anything useful out of it.
Never did the knee trick. Didn't need to.
I guess I didn't either, as I couldn't figure out where to be in a sprint anyway. Downtube was fine for my only win of that era, which was the kilo variety anyway.
Not to go totally off topic, but the best thing about downtube shifters, was reaching over to your buddy going up a hill and slamming his right lever forward.
Ha, 19 to 12, just like that.
Oh, good times.
Sorry MDcat5, back to the discussion...
Now that, I did.
I always assumed everyone used Mektronic before current day shifting systems. You people actually raced with Downtube shifters?! How could you live without Di2 satellite shifters and sprint shifters? Cavemen.
six speed friction
Most of my freewheels were 5 speed. 6 speed was the hot ticket.
I left that out there for rkwaki, and he walked right by.
Every once in a while, if a training partner is pulling too hard, I'll ride up next to him and squeeze his brake to send him flying backwards. Sometimes I grab a saddle rail or a seat bag zipper and stop pedaling.
I've been absent this morning
It's those types of rides that I miss.
Regarding pulling brakes you just pray that your buddy wasn't here from Europe with his brakes reversed
Yeah we slammed dt shifter in rides often, and pulled saddle bags or pulled frame pumps off and threw them in a field or took food out of each other's pockets (or put rocks in them... and on and on and on. It's amazing the comfort level you get riding/rooming/travelling/racing with the same guys all the time.
I often used the knee to shift and could pick a gear at a time but not with non-indexed shifters I wasn't that good.
"if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein
Yep good fun with familiar training partners. One guy I've trained with several times/week for 7 years.
I'm notorious for holding onto saddles, pockets, people, basically anything and getting a free ride. Sometimes I find myself doing that in races, or about to, without thinking. Yesterday I nearly grabbed a guys back pocket to sling shot around thinking it was a training ride. Luckily I caught myself right before I did it . I love shifting people into their big rings up a climb. Riding is more fun when you joke around.
They never heard of attacks during the last lap?
cleaned this up some. maybe amp it down a bit. it'll save us all some time and aggravation.
Also, shovel, RacerEx, YMCA, and others, thanks for the input. i've only been in groups that have lapped the field two other times and can only recall being in the field that got lapped 3 other times (and never by a teammate), so it really hasnt been something i've been involved in that often.
One thing I'll add - know the rules. If you are the lapper or the lappee, you can work with anyone in the field, but you cannot work with anyone dropped from the field.
I've also been in situations where we negotiated to stay behind the field, and I was in one race where 6 of us lapped the field and they pulled the whole field with 2 to go to let us duke it out. I prefer both of these situations to riding through the field and the mayhem that usually ensues.
Good point on the rules. Around here, officials are very aware of lapping and lapped riders, and will punish those who break the rules. They don't always get it right, but it is clearly a point of emphasis.