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Old 04-24-10, 02:39 PM   #1
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Went on my second group ride today

So wednesday night was my first group ride. It was 25 miles and turned into a disaster around mile 21. My new wheels went horribly out of round (I felt the wobble figured they needed some truing then it started hitting the frame). Luckily I had just bought a spoke wrench so I stopped and trued the rim. I fixed the rim up satisfactorily and went out to ride with the same club today.

The ride this morning was 28 miles, about my longest. I was in a group of about 12 riders. I got a few comments at about the midway point where we regrouped about being a strong rider. One other rider suggested rolling up my pant leg. I had form fitting but not spandex pants on. Someone commented I needed to embrace looking good in spandex (I wear my bike shorts and spandex underneath other clothes). I laughed and said I needed to drop at least 40 before I would look good in spandex. We headed back out. I got a turn to take a pull at the front. It was fun. I was riding at a good clip, knew I still had a few riders with me so thought I was going the right pace. powered up some hills and again still had people with me. Finally coming up to a light one gentleman says ok I am going straight you guys want to go left to get back to the rides beginning. I turn around and realize that "you guys" was one other rider. Think we lost the pack with me up front. Ended up averaging 17.8 for the 28 miles with about 1500 ft of climbing. I felt real good getting off. I have found my wednesday and saturday workouts from now on.
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Sounds like a fun ride but you may want to check out the speed before you go to the front. It's fun to ride fast but when riding in a group it's courtesy to maintain speed everyone was going. Then again this may have been a training ride and if you get dropped to bad. I'm just saying this so you will be welcomed back. I too had a great ride today but did have to hold it back a lot to maintain the group as it was a group ride. Did 65 miles with avg speed of 16.6 and 3500' of climbing.
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Great ride - The only caveat is perhaps at front your job is to ride at a pace all the riders can keep up? But I may be worng as I am usually on No Drop rides. From my limited 2 years exeprience, The idea of pulling up fornt is not to speed up.....but to ride so everyone can work together as a group. You may think a mirror is uncool -but it helps to see who is back there. Also - shouldn't the lead rider only take the helm for a few minutes??

Anyway - sounds like you are doing quite well and will find your groups - Let them teach you what to do. You will definitely have fun - and then if you are faster than the group you will find the right groups for you and be very thankful that they did not speed up at the front.

Ok what do I know - Go get em!
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You might want to have the folks at your LBS look over your wheels.
They may be true, but the relative tension on the spokes could be a bit out of wack, which will lead to problems (broken spokes) later on.

just a thought.

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