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Old 01-27-06, 02:35 PM   #1
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I dropped you on the climb and you caught me on the descent.

Do you want a cookie now, roadie?
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Old 01-27-06, 02:38 PM   #2
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No, I wanted a thread made about it
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Do you want a cookie now, roadie?
only if it has a good balance of carbs and protein and isn't full of empty calories.
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Old 01-27-06, 02:40 PM   #4
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Roadies are obtuse
they don't get it
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Old 01-27-06, 02:47 PM   #6
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Real men (and women) wait to pass on uphills.
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sometimes it's unintended though. when i'm on my geared bike sometimes i coast faster than fixies going down hills. and i'm not able to brake so i can stay behind. that would just be silly.
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I'm a roadie. And I don't get this thread.

Is it one of those "missed encounters" ads?
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sounds like you need to spin faster.
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I'm a roadie. And I don't get this thread.

Is it one of those "missed encounters" ads?
thats why your a roadie.
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Old 01-27-06, 02:52 PM   #11
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i sometimes get passed by people on freewheel bikes. for example, going down one big hill here, there's a stop light at the bottom, and an overpass where you can't see around the edge for traffic. i backpedal half the way down so i can stop at the bottom if there's traffic. hell, this corner is blind enough that i have to slow waaay down at the light anyway, just to get a look. anyway, on freewheel bikes, people just coast down, don't regulate the speed and just squeeze the brakes. it happens sometimes...but you have to do that on a fixed gear to keep control sometimes.
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Old 01-27-06, 02:53 PM   #12
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I think the roadie was very pleased with himself for catching the OP on a downhill, which is really nothing special. Its like wanting a cookie for wiping yourself at age 25.
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so why didn't you drop him again when everything leveled out?
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I think the roadie was very pleased with himself for catching the OP on a downhill, which is really nothing special. Its like wanting a cookie for wiping yourself at age 25.
actually, i just think that the OP was feeling insecure that the roadie was trying to prove something, when the roadie was probably just doing what roadies do, which is ride really fast on downhills. unless the roadie turned around and flipped off the OP, saying, "haha, mother****er, you think you can catch me on an uphill! you cannot catch me on an uphill if we are going downhill immediately thereafter!" then maybe the OP has a point, the roadie is being ridiculous. but in this case i think the OP is being ridiculous. maybe the roadie doesn't want a cookie. maybe the roadie just wanted to go down the hill at 45 miles per hour. if i had a road bike, i would too. if a track biker passed me on the uphill, good for them, but if i pass them on the way down, i would hope they wouldn't see every damn interaction between a fixed-gear rider and a roadie as some front in some stupid competition!
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actually, i just think that the OP was feeling insecure that the roadie was trying to prove something, when the roadie was probably just doing what roadies do, which is ride really fast on downhills. unless the roadie turned around and flipped off the OP, saying, "haha, mother****er, you think you can catch me on an uphill! you cannot catch me on an uphill if we are going downhill immediately thereafter!" then maybe the OP has a point, the roadie is being ridiculous. but in this case i think the OP is being ridiculous. maybe the roadie doesn't want a cookie. maybe the roadie just wanted to go down the hill at 45 miles per hour. if i had a road bike, i would too. if a track biker passed me on the uphill, good for them, but if i pass them on the way down, i would hope they wouldn't see every damn interaction between a fixed-gear rider and a roadie as some front in some stupid competition!

I think its more along the lines of every interaction between two bikers inevitably turns into a competition.
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i think we need a little background before making too many assumptions.
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i would hope they wouldn't see every damn interaction between a fixed-gear rider and a roadie as some front in some stupid competition!
cos everyone knows that this is only the case with MTB tandem riders and fixed gear riders!
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It's ok to be passed. Even by a roadie. Who probably doesn't give a crap.
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Did he giggle and squeal in delight as he passed you? Did he give you "the look" over the shoulder?
Is there a mirror thread in the roadie forum where some other geek is asking a fixie rider if he wants a cookie for dropping him on a climb?

edit: well said queerpunk.
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cos everyone knows that this is only the case with MTB tandem riders and fixed gear riders!

I love it!
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Unless he actually did something to let you know that he's aware of you, the roadie probably didn't pay any attention and just did his thing on the downhill. I'd be the same when I'm on a roadbike and I wouldn't slow down just so the guy on a track bike won't think I'm a bunghole.

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The same happens to me when on my many-geared bike

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Old 01-27-06, 03:41 PM   #23
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I posted this as a joke. I have nothing against "roadies". I own a road bike and ride it sometimes. I also don't really ride to prove anything to anybody. I just think this is a pretty funny phenomenon. I'm also talking about commuting and riding around town, not riding in a group, where I will try to stick with the pace the group is riding, and usually I'm the slow one.

As people who ride fixed know, if you can't turn your cranks over at a reasonable clip on a steep hill it's painful. I don't set out to "drop" people, but that's what happens. Some of them try to catch me. With me spinning down the other side of the hill it's pretty easy to do, especially since I'm usually not trying to go that fast. Even if I was trying to go fast, I can only spin so fast. I'm just saying it's not that hard to do, but some people seem pleased with themselves to catch me.
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actually, i just think that the OP was feeling insecure that the roadie was trying to prove something, when the roadie was probably just doing what roadies do, which is ride really fast on downhills. unless the roadie turned around and flipped off the OP, saying, "haha, mother****er, you think you can catch me on an uphill! you cannot catch me on an uphill if we are going downhill immediately thereafter!" then maybe the OP has a point, the roadie is being ridiculous. but in this case i think the OP is being ridiculous. maybe the roadie doesn't want a cookie. maybe the roadie just wanted to go down the hill at 45 miles per hour. if i had a road bike, i would too. if a track biker passed me on the uphill, good for them, but if i pass them on the way down, i would hope they wouldn't see every damn interaction between a fixed-gear rider and a roadie as some front in some stupid competition!
Well said. Most people on a bike ride couldn't care less about who passes them or who they pass. It is lame to project your jock mentality onto strangers. If you got something to prove, beat your friends to the bar, go to the track, enter an alleycat, etc.
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man i go slow on downhills a ******** kid gong backwards on a big wheel could overtake me. i'm keeping all the cookies for meeeeeeeeee
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