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Old 10-02-08, 06:34 AM   #1
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like dogs after cars...

I have noticed that when I am passed (and usually quickly dropped), there is always that 10 second discussion in my head...
1. "damn, what an (insert negative adjective here)..."
2. "I gotta keep up..."
3. "man, he's (or to be honest..she's) going really fast..."
4. reminding myself that commuting is not race....

why is it that every time someone passes me I have this discussion? Luckily, I commute in South Florida, not known for having much commuter traffic, so I don't have to have this mental battle often...

As an example, for the second time I have come across this one rider on a MTB pedaling leisurely, and about 2 min after I pass him, he pulls even, obviously pedaling with much more gumption...he lasts about a 1/4 mile, and then fades... I have basically ignored him, just riding my pace and doin' my thang...

PS... set a personal best time this am..
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Old 10-02-08, 06:51 AM   #2
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I have that same conversation everyday. I ride a dedicated bike path for most of my commute so there are loads of faster riders. Luckily, I do a reverse commute so it doesn't happen as often as it could. I have found that my fastest rides are when I get passed and ignore number 4. I consider the pass a challenge and kick it up to keep pace, though I know it's all in my head.
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...why is it that every time someone passes me I have this discussion?
I'm the guy passing you. I always wondered what was going on in your head. I am a little surprised that you go through all that.
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Twice in the last week I blasted by some slower riders. The first was "rambike", a known nutjob around here that always tows around a huge bike trailer w/ a bunch of stuff lashed to it. I got up to max sprint speed, then sat down and relaxed just before I passed him like I was at normal cruising speed. The other one was at a red light, I was waiting on the right for the light to change when some dude passes me on my right, barely squeezing by and startling me. When I got going I pulled the same stunt again, passed him at max speed looking as relaxed as possible.
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Just curious... why step 1?
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because my all out sprint is faster than my normal cruising speed? My intent was to pass w/ extreme predjudice. No real reason the first time but I didn't appreciate getting startled the second time.
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because my all out sprint is faster than my normal cruising speed? My intent was to pass w/ extreme predjudice. No real reason the first time but I didn't appreciate getting startled the second time.
oops... Sorry. I was asking the OP.
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I might see one other cyclist perhaps once a week, and 99% of the time they're going the other way. It's been about 4 months since I caught up to one going the same way as me, and I've only been passed once, and that was by 3 guys on the UofM cycling team out for a workout about 2 years ago.

Most of the riders around here are on 26" fat tire bikes with the seat a little too low, going about 14 MPH tops.
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Step 5 - Take a deep breath, exhale and try to breath the good in, and the bad out !!
Step 6 - Aaaah screw it. This means WAR.
Step 7 - Pedal Pedal Pedal Pedal Pedal Pedal Pedal Pedal Pedal
Step 8 - Wish him (or her) good morning, and wave good bye

Ofcourse if I were a superman, and I wore my underwear over my pants, I would do that. But since I am a mere mortal human, and I require my underwear beneath my pants, I would not go beyond step 5
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I'm the guy passing you. I always wondered what was going on in your head. I am a little surprised that you go through all that.
A little full of yourself? One wonders how you pass a mirror without swooning at the sight of your own reflection.
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why discussion #1? because someone is PASSING ME!!!!

that's just not right...
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I always try to keep up. Then, if I can't, I accept my shame and cry.
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why discussion #1? because someone is PASSING ME!!!!

that's just not right...
When someone passes me, I usually call myself a (insert negative adjective) for not being fast enough
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The only conversation in my head is "geez, they must be ticked off at me for going so slow".

I don't feel inadequate or insulted when I'm walking on the sidewalk and someone walking faster walks past me. Why should it be different on a bike?

It's worse with cars, isn't it? It's proportional to the mass of the machine you're riding.
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When someone passes me, I usually call myself a (insert negative adjective) for not being fast enough
I usually just think "Sure, (s)he's passing me right now... but would they still be that fast after another 150 miles? Probably wouldn't even still be there after another 150 miles. Wuss."
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Interesting....

There was a time when i used to think like that too, until i got more fit, and more experienced commuting daily.

Now my typical mental conversation with myself is:

1. "LOL what a jack ass, go ahead pass me all you want"
2. look left, get eye contact, nod my head, mentally "Heh, didn't you just pass me?"
3. again look left, look into his/her eyes, mentally "LOL we meet again..."

nicest thing is under heavy rush hour traffic.
4. lalalala... <insert your favourite tune in your head> pass one, pass two, pass three, passs....
5. "I'm glad i'm not driving.... HAHAHAHAHA!!!"

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I have noticed that when I am passed (and usually quickly dropped), there is always that 10 second discussion in my head...
1. "damn, what an (insert negative adjective here)..."
2. "I gotta keep up..."
3. "man, he's (or to be honest..she's) going really fast..."
4. reminding myself that commuting is not race....

why is it that every time someone passes me I have this discussion? Luckily, I commute in South Florida, not known for having much commuter traffic, so I don't have to have this mental battle often...

As an example, for the second time I have come across this one rider on a MTB pedaling leisurely, and about 2 min after I pass him, he pulls even, obviously pedaling with much more gumption...he lasts about a 1/4 mile, and then fades... I have basically ignored him, just riding my pace and doin' my thang...

PS... set a personal best time this am..
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I used to have a reaction like that. But, I accept that my commuter bike is (relatively) heavy, I'm wearing street clothes and street shoes, I'm biking uphill from a dead start (and don't have the running start that the guy that just passed me has), and it's just a commute.

My real race is with the train, which leaves when it leaves and it won't wait for me!
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If you stay on the sidewalk odds are you won't get passed. he he he
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If you stay on the sidewalk odds are you won't get passed. he he he
If you stay on the sidewalk, you'll average about 7 mph and be passed by every cyclist on the road.
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I don't let it get to me too bad when I get dropped. I ride 12 miles just to get to my favorite bike trail. Most bikers I run into are short-timers. They live in overly expensive apts along the trail. They come out, ride their max speed down the trail and back inside while I'm riding back through town to my house. I see it as positive motivation.
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PS: Last month, I drove to the trail with a friend and our bikes on the rack. We hauled up and down the trail 3 times blowing by all kinds of bikers and I was on my Schwinn LeTour so I know the motivation works.
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