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Old 12-30-08, 11:33 PM   #1
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Only in SoCal, strange stuff on a ride!

Well, not only in SoCal but it was strange either way! I'm heading up Euclid on today's ride. As I approach Chapel of the Wildwoods I ride by this young dude on the side of the road. He's sweating like a dog, on some sort of BMX bike. He looks 20 or so. As I ride by he shouts,"you're cheating, you've got gears". I just laugh wondering how in the heck will he make it up the steep section near the chapel. It nearly kills me everytime with the gears.

I ride up to the tunnels then head back down. As I get to the bottom of the steep section previously mentioned, I see a cop car parked at the corner of Euclid and a sidestreet. A closer look and he has the youngster pushed up against the car and handcuffed!

As I rode by I wanted to shout, "now you're really cheating, you're getting a free ride!".

I figured I'd better not since cops around here shoot our type in the back like 36 times!

I know, "thanks for sharing". Geeze things are slow around here!

Any other strange stories?
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Not as strange as you think. I was coming home from a hard ride with the club about 6 weeks ago and I was dead tired. I had two flats and they decided to go up three hills I had never been up before. One felt like I was going to have to toss a rope to the top and be winched up. The last two miles before I got home are a slight uphill except for the last two blocks. Just as I hit the uphill part a kid on a BMX bike pulls onto the street with me. He is riding on the wrong side but he is pacing me. Try as I might I just didn't seem to have any legs left and it was all I could do to get 13MPH out of my bike. That kid stood up every inch of the way and stayed with me for a mile or more. At stop signs he would pull ahead for a few feet. He finally sat down as the road flattened out and I started to pull away. When I got home I noticed the tire was down to about 85PSI but still that kid had more juice than I did. I only wish I had legs that young. I know, silly trying to stay ahead of that kid. Thank goodness for gears.
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On a ride last weekend down through Topanga Canyon, just before the steepest and most dangerous section, a pair of dogs came running toward me from a fire road, barking and making a commotion as they dragged their leashes behind them. Then I noticed their teenage owners running after them. The dogs passed me and just took off down the road. They couldn't have picked a worse spot for a gallop! Lucky for them the cars began to slow, then stop as they realized the situation. After a bit of zig-zagging across the road while running away from their young owners, two women got out of their cars and eventually corralled the dogs. Ever handy with the camera, I nabbed a few shots.



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I had a vulture fly with me for about 5 miles down the LA river one day. About a week before that a hawk swooped down on me talons extended, it didn't pull out of it's attack-dive until it was within 10 feet of me. I guess birds like me.. or are targeting me as food.
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Hi,

Strange? Maybe. Irritating? Yes.

Two weeks in a row on my club's Sunday ride we catch up to another cyclist. Each time (twice on one of the rides) they immediately get on the back of our small group. Each time, as we rotate, they get to the front and sprint ahead -- maybe 20 yards -- and sit there until they get tired. These guys then get back into our group and repeat. Finally, someone in our group get tired of their antics and we hammer a bit and drop them.

I didn't, but some of my clubmates even chatted with these guys when they first got into our group so it's not like we were being a-holes (which we generally are not ). Don't people understand cycling etiquette? Either stay at the back and enjoy the ride or pull at the front when it's your turn.
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Hi,

Strange? Maybe. Irritating? Yes.

Two weeks in a row on my club's Sunday ride we catch up to another cyclist. Each time (twice on one of the rides) they immediately get on the back of our small group. Each time, as we rotate, they get to the front and sprint ahead -- maybe 20 yards -- and sit there until they get tired. These guys then get back into our group and repeat. Finally, someone in our group get tired of their antics and we hammer a bit and drop them.

I didn't, but some of my clubmates even chatted with these guys when they first got into our group so it's not like we were being a-holes (which we generally are not ). Don't people understand cycling etiquette? Either stay at the back and enjoy the ride or pull at the front when it's your turn.
I feel you on that one Cleave! I know way too many of the same type rider. I keep a nice consistent pace maiking it safe and ez for everyone. Some rider feels strong they sprint ahead then when they tire, they get back in line. If they feel so strong, why don't they help rather than show off?

Or the guy that says "let me help" then picks up the pace from 20 to 23, then 25 then 26, then drops down to 18 all within 1 minute then looks back and says, "your turn". Back to my 19mph for another 10 miles.
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That is one good reason for a Cycle computer. Once I get in line I mark what the speed of the pull is. When the leader pulls off I try to pass him as close to that average pull speed as I can. I might only be good for a mile, and sometimes far less, or so but I have been taught you have to take your turn.
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On the BF Joshua Tree ride a couple years back, climbing from Twentynine Palms into the park, I remember passing a couple of kids on BMX bikes out in the middle of nowhere.
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Strange? Maybe. Irritating? Yes.
Don't people understand cycling etiquette? Either stay at the back and enjoy the ride or pull at the front when it's your turn.

I hear ya........thats why I find a spot in the rear and sit there graciously
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I hear ya........thats why I find a spot in the rear and sit there graciously
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I hear ya........thats why I find a spot in the rear and sit there graciously
I can vouch for that.
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I had a big fight many years ago with a good friend of mine while we were on a bike tour. I felt he was always in one of two places: right behind me, or twenty feet in front of me. Finally, after a particularly windy stretch, I let him know how I felt. I probably didn't handle it very well at the time. One can get a bit testy riding in some 20 knot headwinds! :-)

One has to remember that the guy coming off the front is probably a little tuckered out, and may not be able to hammer quite as fast as the other guys.

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I can vouch for that.
Hey it's not my fault you and Mr. Beanz like to be in front
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Hey it's not my fault you and Mr. Beanz like to be in front
Not me. I was thinking about the recovery ride, following Cactus Hugger, year before last. I think we both sat on someone elses wheel most of the way back.
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No spectators were injured this one race but made for an interesting story.. I am doing the Nisei week criterium in downtown LA, our field had about 80 riders, the course was flat and super fast.. Halfway through the race a man decides to cross the course, the field is barreling down on him, the announcer starts screaming for the man to get off the course.. He looks at man crossing the course and realizes the man has a white cane. I have never heard an announcer yell so loudly than that day..

He starts screaming through the PA - BLIND MAN ON THE COURSE, over and over..

Fortunately it was in a long straightaway, we saw him and the field parted like the red sea around him.. A friend of mine said the man stopped and had a look on his face like what the hell just passed me and then just kept on walking..

I've seen more than a few interesting things during a race but you never forget when the announcer yells Blind man on the course.
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I've met a few riders that sure could use a cane!
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I was cruising along PV Drive West on my skinny 700 tires and some BMX'ers come out of the hills and they ask me if I have a spare tube they could have.

0-sure, one of my tubes would have been real useful for them.
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I was cruising along PV Drive West on my skinny 700 tires and some BMX'ers come out of the hills and they ask me if I have a spare tube they could have.

0-sure, one of my tubes would have been real useful for them.
You know, I was going to put in the laughing face smiley but! I have heard of riders cutting one end, then using the tube in an emergency. I wonder if they might have planned to cut the tube, then double wrap inside? I dunno, if it aint possible, then.....
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On a ride last weekend down through Topanga Canyon, just before the steepest and most dangerous section, a pair of dogs came running toward me from a fire road, barking and making a commotion as they dragged their leashes behind them. Then I noticed their teenage owners running after them. The dogs passed me and just took off down the road. They couldn't have picked a worse spot for a gallop! Lucky for them the cars began to slow, then stop as they realized the situation. After a bit of zig-zagging across the road while running away from their young owners, two women got out of their cars and eventually corralled the dogs. Ever handy with the camera, I nabbed a few shots.
Although I wasn't on a bike, last weekend my wife and I were driving into Hollywood when we saw a loose dog on Forest Lawn Dr. Really bad road to be loose on in the dark with few lights and cars speeding by over 50 mph. It warmed my heart that a number of cars had stopped and were joining forces to ty and catch it. It eventually slipped through a hole in the fence and hopefully home (it had a collar and tags).
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No spectators were injured this one race but made for an interesting story.. I am doing the Nisei week criterium in downtown LA, our field had about 80 riders, the course was flat and super fast.. Halfway through the race a man decides to cross the course, the field is barreling down on him, the announcer starts screaming for the man to get off the course.. He looks at man crossing the course and realizes the man has a white cane. I have never heard an announcer yell so loudly than that day..

He starts screaming through the PA - BLIND MAN ON THE COURSE, over and over..

Fortunately it was in a long straightaway, we saw him and the field parted like the red sea around him.. A friend of mine said the man stopped and had a look on his face like what the hell just passed me and then just kept on walking..

I've seen more than a few interesting things during a race but you never forget when the announcer yells Blind man on the course.
Awesome story!
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I found a toilet in the bike lane once. True story.
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I found a toilet in the bike lane once. True story.

I can top that! I found a naked girl in the street once, true story!..I was riding up thru a dark neighborhood, just as I approached a car on the side of the street, a girl jumped out nekkid. I guess she was switching positions or sumthin'. Guess she didn't see me coming. She coverd up as much as she could with each hand, which wasn't much. She stood there trying to cover and said, "oh sorry!". What could I say but, "oh, that's quite allright!"
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Bareneaked ladies... hmmmm works for me lol.

Once I spied a shoe, then some nylons, another shoe and then way further on down a condom wrapper, prolly not related tho but in my gutter mind they were...

I saw a shoe cleat and a bike comp on the same stretch, then recently I saw the wing from a Crank Bros pedal. Funny how the eye picks that stuff up rolling along at 20mph.
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On a recent climb thru the Santa Monicas I spotted a chrome crank bolt on the road. Two weeks later it was still there.

I once spotted a very bloodied shirt and pants along the side of the road.
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