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Old 07-03-08, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
No.
Hoisted by one's own petard.


I passed a guy as I rode home last night. After I passed I glanced back and saw him huffing and puffing trying to catch my wheel, so I backed off so he could latch on. After towing him bit I pulled out so he could take a turn, but he just stayed on my wheel...so I decided to get a few intervals in. It was kinda funny, I'd kick up the pace and he would drop, then when I was recovering you could see the look of determination on his face to catch me and show me that I couldn't just drop him...until I kicked it up and dropped him again. This went on for a good 5 miles until we hit this little bump of a hill...where I dropped him again and he couldn't bridge the gap as I recovered coasting down the other side.

I'm thinking it was the OP.
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Old 07-03-08, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
This went on for a good 5 miles until we hit this little bump of a hill...where I dropped him again and he couldn't bridge the gap as I recovered coasting down the other side.

I'm thinking it was the OP.


Well, when I do encounter the rare person that is, in fact, slower than I am who really is outclassed by me but feels the need to latch on anyways, I let them hang on for a bit. Then I ratchet it up just a little. And a little more. And more. It's like the old "boiling a frog" thing. They don't know I'm ratcheting it up. They just keep working harder at it.

I used to give them a chance to pass me and take their turn pulling, but all that ever got me was run into potholes that they didn't bother avoiding, or slowed down because once they pass they hit the wall. No more of that.
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Old 07-03-08, 09:11 PM
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On the MUP yesterday there was a guy on a really, really nice full suspension bike with lil itty bitty skinny street slicks that took off with me from a stop light. I lead for I would say about 3 miles or so and then I started to drop my pace... I'd already put about 25 miles in before this 11 mile ride and done 7 prior to this ride (hey it's a lot for me) so I was pretty smoked already. The dude paced me for a few seconds said 'hey how ya doin, nice day/bike/etc' and took off. I kept about 20 yards between us for the next 5 or so miles then kinda just lost it.

I personally love when I'm able to actually have another person to kind of compete with or at least just have fun setting a pace. I don't consider it racing at all, just good clean fun.
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Old 07-03-08, 09:39 PM
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I just laugh when somebody has to get the one up attitude and try and race a 41 year old heart patient on a mountain bike especially some young punk in a car at the stop lights I am pacing so I don't have to come to a stop.


I only race weekend roadies on steep hills for fun. I'm running a full on low gear ridged mountain bike with street tires. I run out of gear and legs at about 28mph.

Now hills...I can pull a decent hill if the roadie doesn't have a low set of gears. They will finish me off on the crest if they are not in lactic acid hell or not a poser....course if they were a rider they would beat me up the hill anyway so we already know what they are.

What I love is "credit card weekend warrior riders" with all the right gear but only ride 2-3 miles at a time every 2- 3 weeks on the local bike path that runs a old rail bed so it never has more then a 2% grade. They are the best to watch and laugh at out on the real streets that have real hills when they think they are ready for them.

I have more then once had some rich guy on a $2800 bike in $150 bike shorts coming whizzing past me on the local trail only to find them on the side of the trail in a mile or two gasping for breath chugging down their water and I just peddle past at the same pace on my $120 Used Cannodale MB. 5-10 minutes later here they come again to repeat the cycle. Then I find them on the verge of death from heat stoke in the parking lot doing the whole shower with the water bottle routine..."look at me I'm just like Lance" and their rubber legs keep trying to go out from under them. I am standing there wondering if I should get my Nitro ready and mentally remembering the stuff from the CPR class I take every year for them in case they go full on MI. I'm still standing strong and not winded at all and took maybe 5 minutes longer to make the same distance.

Those are the ones you see 2-3 times in the spring and then it gets too hot for them and their bike shows up on the local board in the fall for sale.

If it makes them feel good that they just beat me in a race I wasn't actually participating in more power to the shallow fool.
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Old 07-03-08, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
Says who? You are not the boss of me.
No-one says you have to race, if you can't handle it. Doesn't mean the other person isn't racing though.
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Old 07-03-08, 10:42 PM
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I see a rodie it's on.......hmm never for long its like in top gun where did whoooooo go?
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Old 07-04-08, 01:50 AM
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This morning I was owned by a guy that looked exactly like Jared from the Subway commercial BEFORE he started losing weight.

Either "it was on" or he just really liked checking me out in his helmet mounted mirror. Either way, I am sure that he felt good about himself for passing me.
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Old 07-07-08, 12:11 PM
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Here's my humble take.

I'm slow. If I "race" you or "pace" you, it's an attempt to make myself better. That's all.

Would be nice to see anyone else biking on the road in the same direction at the same time, though.
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Old 07-07-08, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Owned?
Not at all. You can't win unless you pass...and after your initial pass, apparently you trailed. It appears that for the entire 6km, you were DRAFTING! Now if you had stayed ahead the entire 6km, it would have been a definite win.

Good luck next time.
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Old 07-08-08, 01:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Industrial View Post
Even if he was on mile 50 and you were on mile 10, he did acknowledge that "it was on" and apparently couldn't drop you. Win!
Werd. Even in my Spec-V, if I can tell they're trying, there doesn't have to be a "start line" or a "finish line" or anything like that. Mile 10 or mile 50 (6th gear or 4th, for instance), you run however you want to see what's faster. If I decide to waste the little doof in his Focus without even downshifting to fifth, that's my choice. If he hammers on it, I will too...whoever accelerates faster for as long as neither of us give up wins.

Never thought of this on a bike...it'd be fun if I ever saw someone else riding...lol
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Old 07-15-08, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by crazybikerchick View Post
Or how slow they'll be when the battery dies and they have to haul all that extra dead weight up the hills. I'm impressed you have a battery pack that will last for 70 miles. Of course you also have the aero advantage of the bent too
Yes, but my battery was just barely halfway depleated. Theoretically, I should have been able to go on for another near 70 miles at the same rate. Now that's a total distance of 140 miles of staying ahead of these racers! Doesn't 140 miles make for enough range to not worry about batteries dying? Wouldn't 140 miles be considered long for a Tour de France stage?

Thanks for the positive comment about my battery pack btw.
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Old 07-21-08, 01:59 PM
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I was at a stop light the other day when, to my amazement, some old dude (looked like he was 70...but I dunno) rolled up next to me...on a race bike...IN FULL SPANDEX. "Ok...you win" was all I said after chatting for a moment. Then I smoked him like a cheap cigar. I dunno if dude was really tired or not trying or what but I whipped him and his full carbon, swedish made road bike's ass.
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Old 07-21-08, 02:08 PM
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I completely killed the homeward-bound time trial last Wednesday! I ruled. Right on the red line the whole way. I put serious time into the other racers.

Thursday, I slooowly came up on a roadie, stayed with him for a bit, passed, he was on my wheel for about 1/2 mile and at the first climb I dropped him. A few minutes later, there was a pair of roadies coming up behind me, gaining over about 2 miles, but by the time they were within about 400 yards I took a right towards my home and they went straight towards one of the more popular routes around here. Another win!

Again...I rule.

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Old 07-21-08, 02:17 PM
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I raced all of you while typing the post and kicked everyone's arse. Suck it!
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When it comes down to me commuting against other cyclists, the story ends with me putting them into the wall.
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I let them pull me to the imaginary finish, pass them in an all out 15mph sprint, turn around laughing hysterically while I celebrate my own superiority, and crash into a tree.
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Old 07-21-08, 02:28 PM
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I let them pull me to the imaginary finish, pass them in an all out 15mph sprint, turn around laughing hysterically while I celebrate my own superiority, and crash into a tree.
Still a win!! Hopefully, you have your hands off the handlebars and are gazing and pointing skyward thanking your creator while you laugh hysterically prior to hitting the tree.

You would rule if I didn't rule so hard.
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I am the tree.
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Still a win!! Hopefully, you have your hands off the handlebars and are gazing and pointing skyward thanking your creator while you laugh hysterically prior to hitting the tree.

You would rule if I didn't rule so hard.
Yes, but I also point at my hostess Twinkie jersey thanking myself and my sponsor for giving me the will to win.
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I was just reading this thread yesterday thinking about how cool it would be to actually come across another biker on my commute. So sure enough today I see 2 of them.

The first guy brought on the race. He passed me and was spinning like crazy - often looking back to see where I was. I picked up my casual pace just a little bit to stay with him (but not too close - his cut off jean shorts were a little too short) for a little bit. Then after half a mile he must have got tired - I passed him and quickly he was out of sight behind me.

The next guy was not a commuter I don't think - full spandex, road bike, no bags. We met at a red light. I took off at my normal pace and he lagged way behind. I think he must have been just ending a ride and getting close to home. I wanted to race him.
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Old 07-22-08, 09:55 AM
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Racing...hmm.

Well, two things: first, I count it a win if I make it home without being passed. My commute takes me through commuting territory AND one of the most popular roads stretching through the county for roadies. Second, if I see a bike ahead of my I automatically enter pursuit mode. Can't help it. It always happens on the last leg of my daily commute on that false flat, too...
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Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post
When it comes down to me commuting against other cyclists, the story ends with me putting them into the wall.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:11 AM
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what about when one guy stops at a light and another closes most of the gap in the mean time and then blows by like a jackass?

that ain't no racing.
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Originally Posted by capolover View Post
what about when one guy stops at a light and another closes most of the gap in the mean time and then blows by like a jackass?

that ain't no racing.
Maybe, but catching back up with said jackass and continuing the lesson feels pretty good, too.
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Old 07-22-08, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by DAkilles View Post
Racing...hmm.

Well, two things: first, I count it a win if I make it home without being passed. My commute takes me through commuting territory AND one of the most popular roads stretching through the county for roadies. Second, if I see a bike ahead of my I automatically enter pursuit mode. Can't help it. It always happens on the last leg of my daily commute on that false flat, too...
+1...and to Mr. "Just trying to beat the rain" from last Tuesday who sprinted past me 100 yds before turning onto the MUP, I was just recovering before tackling the hilly section of my commute. If I see you again, it's on.
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