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Old 10-19-05, 09:49 PM   #1
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The Speedometer game

On my way home today on the 38 geary bus in San francisco, i saw a speedometer....
and an idea came into my head. as if it was a sign from god, i rushed home took out my wacky single speed (converted) road bike out and went down Geary street sprinting..... it was around 4pm so lots of cars .. i got stoped by traffic a couple of times during the process of gathering pace and trying to go as fast as i can.. but anyway i got 25mph....without going the fastest( cuz i still had control in the peddles) so yeah it was fun. gonna def. try it again next time! just wondering if any of you guys do stupid things like this too lol
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Old 10-19-05, 09:57 PM   #2
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yeah, we used to do that alot . i learned it from one of those ,,hmm cutter kids.

we ride behind buses that was highway bound and try to stay with them ,then try to come around for the WIN!. City buses are good too ot 16 wheelers, they help you get up to speed, those driver like to help.

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Old 10-19-05, 10:03 PM   #3
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it is called vehicular cycling. Its fun down any street where you are a bike hauling ass in city street filled with cars.
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yeah, we used to do that alot . i learned it from one of those ,,hmm cutter kids.
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you went to school in indiana too?
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Just get a computer and it'll record your highest speed. But then again that wouldn't be hip. I draft semi-trucks on my commute and I've got up to 43 MPH, which was limited by the speed of the semi.
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you went to school in indiana too?

No, Cutters from the movie Breaking Away.

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Old 10-19-05, 10:24 PM   #7
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yeah, we used to do that alot . i learned it from one of those ,,hmm cutter kids.

we ride behind buses that was highway bound and try to stay with them ,then try to come around for the WIN!. City buses are good too ot 16 wheelers, they help you get up to speed, those driver like to help.

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You think that's cool?
Well one day I raced a 16 wheeler down the highway and was able to keep pace at 60mph. I also completed a 50 mile tract of highway in under 3 mintues...oh wait, that wasn't me. That was Breaking Away.
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Old 10-19-05, 10:25 PM   #8
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Damnit. While fine tuning my post you beat me to the Breaking Away reference.
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and then you got a pump in your spokes...
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wow i did not know that was from a movie...
i've never seen that movie before....er well believe it or not. it was just an idea popped into my head
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Please do not draft an old Vw van. I had one once and braked for a dog. Messy.
Guess I should clarify. Dog fine. Two roadies, two ambulances.

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The best is when you find those "Watch Your Speed" signs that show each car's speed as they go by. The police put them up in areas where everyone is speeding, to remind people that there is a speed limit. The ones here will register bicycles too, so you can see your speed as you go by.
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yes they were the one i used today. 25mph i got... i could obviously go faster..but due to traffic..
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Old 10-19-05, 11:08 PM   #15
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Funny, this morning riding into school (running late) I had a NASTY headwind. Its ~12.5 miles in a straight line up one street, so no break from the wind. I did plenty of drafting on semis. I usually go for buses too but only the Western Ave. Express - the other one makes too many stops! I was getting pulled at about 28 for a while, which was nice, especially since I could barely turn the pedals at 15mph in the wind.

I also did some skitchin' on pickups, but kept getting freaked out as the pickup trucks neared 35mph... I kept picturing flipping down in front of their rear wheel. Still, I'm getting more confident. Oh, what fun.
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skatin' hitchin' bltchin'

SKITCHIN' !!!

anyone? anyone?
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sweet..so guys all got a speedometer on ur bike is that right? anyway whoa skitching on bikes? i've only tried skitching with skateboards.... skitched a bus once
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Images of Marty McFly flood my head.
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skatin' hitchin' bltchin'

SKITCHIN' !!!

anyone? anyone?
my first experience skitchin was a very painful ordeal... but I don't like to talk about it
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No, Cutters from the movie Breaking Away.

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which took place in indiana
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I would be scared out of my mind going 43 mph.
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engine access panel indentations on the side of the bus makes for a great hand hold, so do wheel wells for that matter.

the pull ropes they attach to the rear door of delivery/box trucks

spoilers on the tricked out ricers
spoliers on the sh!tty ricers

garbage trucks are tough, but have a brazillion places to grab

flat bed trucks are the best

pickups are just too easy

yeah call it what you will,
but the whole "catching a ride" thing has been done, its fun
its also an insanely stupid idea
but isn't that why we do this kind of stuff anyways?
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I once skitched a friend's car at 50 mph.

In my old age I've gotten scurred and don't do that crap on a bike.
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which took place in indiana

I think that is why the race was called the little indy 500.and the indiana song at the end of the movie.

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No, Cutters from the movie Breaking Away.
bon giorno, papa!


as for skitching... i've found that to be f.ucking hard to do. as soon as i grab hold i feel out of control and about to tip over, wobble my fr. wheel, and fall over and die. probably a hell of a lot easier with a freewheel? i dunno. thoughts?
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