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Old 04-19-21, 01:13 PM
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I do use the greenway to get to the gravel or to cut across a bad part of town to get to some road riding. If I have to pass folks on that, I try to be as courteous as possible. If I plan to use the greenway to get to road riding, I'll put my bell onto my road bike or even TT bike. Ride cautious, use the bell. Let the kid who tries to race you keep up for a little bit and give them a smile.

Then, try to be personable to folks. I smile. Say good morning. Compliment something if it makes sense.

I want folks to have good experiences on the greenway.

If I'm on the open road, I'll give the "nod" or a couple fingers wave. I have decent bike handling skills, but would rather not crash trying to wave high. I'd be the guy to miss seeing the huge pothole and hit it while waving. I have a Garmin radar. So if no cars are behind, I'll pass with a wide wide berth. If a car is behind me, I'll leave space to the person then pass after the car. I never try to catch somebody just because they're in front of me.

I want folks out for a good time to have a good time.
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Old 04-19-21, 01:26 PM
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I was going to pass on this thread but then decided to be more considerate.
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Originally Posted by moylek View Post
Wow, you are far kinder than I.

Petty man that I am, one of my greatest thrills in life is passing other cyclists when I'm commuting, dressed for work on my 50lb Dutch utility bike - the younger, the more lycra, the hotter my small, hard heart glows.
Please report back and let us know the first time you do that
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Old 04-19-21, 01:38 PM
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I doubt it! I also find your bragging hilarious. Mentioning your 168 mile ride whenever given the chance. How would I know that?
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You posted your monthly average, mine is actually 2.5 times that, but on second thought, I decided posting that was sinking to your level. I just rode a solo century last Saturday, btw.
One time, I did a mostly-solo 325 mile ride in 24 hrs. and you don't see me bragging about it here. Oh wait, I mention that ***** ANY time I get the chance, because it's ****ing awesome!

Mentioning your own accomplishments isn't always bragging, or sinking to a low level, IMHO. Sometimes it's just to paint a picture of your experience, or to commiserate with someone that has an equivalent sufferfest achievement.

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Old 04-19-21, 01:56 PM
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Please report back and let us know the first time you do that
It happens surprisingly often. I mean, it sometimes just about kills me, but it happens [are they just being kind to my 50-year-old self? are they at the end of a 50km ride? These are questions that I don't ask myself]
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Old 04-19-21, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
One time, I did a mostly-solo 325 mile ride in 24 hrs. and you don't see me bragging about it here. Oh wait, I mention that ***** ANY time I get the chance, because it's ****ing awesome!

Mentioning your own accomplishments isn't always bragging, or sinking to a low level, IMHO. Sometimes it's just to paint a picture of your experience, or to commiserate with someone that has an equivalent sufferfest achievement.

In the post he was complaining about (which he "liked", by the way). I was recounting a story about riding that far to have hot wieners in Olneyville, and how good they were. In his case, he mentioned it to put down someone else. Sincerely, mazel tov on the 325 mile ride!
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Old 04-19-21, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
In the post he was complaining about (which he "liked", by the way). I was recounting a story about riding that far to have hot wieners in Olneyville, and how good they were. In his case, he mentioned it to put down someone else. Sincerely, mazel tov on the 325 mile ride!
Oh man, you had to mention Olneyville wieners (likely New York System). I was born and raised in RI, and have wieners with the works in my blood. Yeah, your 162 mile trip was worth it. My current 4,000 mile RT, is a little harder to swallow (pun intended).
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Oh man, you had to mention Olneyville wieners (likely New York System). I was born and raised in RI, and have wieners with the works in my blood. Yeah, your 162 mile trip was worth it. My current 4,000 mile RT, is a little harder to swallow (pun intended).

Definitely the New York System. And also definitely the subject of my infamous distance brag post. The main point of the story was that I later drove to the same place to bring my son there, and the wieners tasted just as good without the ravenous hunger.
I didn't mention the coffee milk, damn that stuff is good.

What's your meal at the 2000 mile mark?
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Old 04-19-21, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
One time, I did a mostly-solo 325 mile ride in 24 hrs. and you don't see me bragging about it here. Oh wait, I mention that ***** ANY time I get the chance, because it's ****ing awesome!

Mentioning your own accomplishments isn't always bragging, or sinking to a low level, IMHO. Sometimes it's just to paint a picture of your experience, or to commiserate with someone that has an equivalent sufferfest achievement.

Of course not! If I an do 100 miles with 10,000 ft of gain and feel great after the ride, it's an accomplishment. The only time it's bragging is when some guy feels threatened enough to post that he did 30 more miles than I have on a single ride, as if I couldn't have done it but who keeps going when the event is over? But more than likely far less climbing. Then he has to throw in that he did a century last week. Like that's something special to other riders who have a ton of centuries. Heck, I'd do a century, go home cut the grass, then go to the mall to walk around. Wow, 100 miles, that guy is awesome!
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Old 04-19-21, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
In the post he was complaining about (which he "liked", by the way). I was recounting a story about riding that far to have hot wieners in Olneyville, and how good they were. In his case, he mentioned it to put down someone else. Sincerely, mazel tov on the 325 mile ride!

Yes, when I see the accomplishments of others, I give them a like. Unlike some people who feel the need to interpret the accomplishments of others as bragging. Sign of mental weakness and insecurity.

I give likes to other posters but too many times, those other posters follow others around looking for something to whine about.

The event was about a week ago and this guy is still whining about it.

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Old 04-19-21, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Definitely the New York System. And also definitely the subject of my infamous distance brag post. The main point of the story was that I later drove to the same place to bring my son there, and the wieners tasted just as good without the ravenous hunger.
I didn't mention the coffee milk, damn that stuff is good.

What's your meal at the 2000 mile mark?
Rocky Point's Clam Cakes and Chowder is definitely at the top of the list (many people in the west have no idea that clam cakes even exist, and relate them to crab cakes, which they are definitely not), washed down with a coffee cabinet (aka Awful Awful) from Newport Creamery, and possibly a slice or two of Greek pizza from House of Pizza in Pawtucket. I can NOT wait to visit there this summer, it's been waaay too long. I'll need you to do another 168+ mile ride and try them all, and report back so I can live vicariously through you.

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Old 04-19-21, 03:32 PM
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Really!

Good of you to be so restrained!
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I rode my carbon to the mailbox AND all the way back approximately 300 yards. Not proud. Don’t want a pickle, just want to ride my.... Apologies if I have mentioned this before. Don’t want to die, just want to ride my..... (Yes this is an age related test with extra points to ID the artist)
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Old 04-19-21, 08:42 PM
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I rode my carbon to the mailbox AND all the way back approximately 300 yards. Not proud. Dont want a pickle, just want to ride my.... Apologies if I have mentioned this before. Dont want to die, just want to ride my..... (Yes this is an age related test with extra points to ID the artist)
You can get anything you want...

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Alice must've been a sweetheart

I was lucky enough not to have been "...injected,i inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected..."!

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I rode my carbon to the mailbox AND all the way back approximately 300 yards. Not proud. Dont want a pickle, just want to ride my.... Apologies if I have mentioned this before. Dont want to die, just want to ride my..... (Yes this is an age related test with extra points to ID the artist)
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You can get anything you want...

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I was lucky enough not to have been "...injected,i inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected..."!
“Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father
rapers! Father rapers sitting right there on the bench next to me! And
they was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the
bench next to me. And the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one, the meanest
father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean 'n' ugly
'n' nasty 'n' horrible and all kind of things and he sat down next to me
and said, "Kid, whad'ya get?
$50 and pick up the garbage." He said, "What were you arrested for, kid?"

And I said, "Littering." And they all moved away from me on the bench
there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I
said, "And creating a nuisance." And they all came back, shook my hand,
and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing,
father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the
bench.” A Guthrie
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Rocky Point's Clam Cakes and Chowder is definitely at the top of the list (many people in the west have no idea that clam cakes even exist, and relate them to crab cakes, which they are definitely not), washed down with a coffee cabinet (aka Awful Awful) from Newport Creamery, and possibly a slice or two of Greek pizza from House of Pizza in Pawtucket. I can NOT wait to visit there this summer, it's been waaay too long. I'll need you to do another 168+ mile ride and try them all, and report back so I can live vicariously through you.

I've ridden to Pawtucket a couple times (I live in Nashua NH). I had the dynamite sandwich at The Castle. I will have to try a slice a pizza with it next time!
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Old 04-20-21, 05:36 PM
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You better not pass me....or else!
Nice seeing you again out there!
You know what it's like out there with the fake racers! Draft the wife then sprint around her just to fade. You know the game!
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My riding experiences go back 45+ years to when Mopeds were becoming popular. My college roomies and I used to ride through a upper-middle-class suburb on our way to the rural riding away from campus. The rich-kid Moped riders would try to harass/zoom by us, but we easily dropped them on the hills... Not sure how well the newer E-bikes and E-scooters do on hills....
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^^^

I like this one! Pretty common around here in Ca.

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I just can't understand why anybody would feel butthurt because of getting passed by some random stranger.
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If I pushed hard I would be able to catch up to him and pass him but I didn't...If I did that I would REALLY hurt the guys feeling.
How to pass someone who is fast but don't want to hurt their feelings?

- Make yourself look like a Pro racer..... Ride with a late model carbon road bike, full cycling kit (preferrably the same brands used by Pros), pro team jersey, etc, etc..

No one's feelings will be hurt if other cyclists think you're a Pro racer doing your weekly training schedule and you pass them.. If you're worried a pro setup will make you go too fast or make it too easy and take away the workout value, use high rolling resistance tires on your bike like those low TPI, puncture resistant (bulletproof) touring or commuter tires with smooth or slick (non-knobby) tread design. Such tires would still resemble road/racing tires when they're rolling!
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I just can't understand why anybody would feel butthurt because of getting passed by some random stranger.
Couple of times I passed another rider safely (safe distance, no other risks taken, slowing down when passing, etc). They got really pissed. All of those instances happened in a long uphill climb.

How do I know they are pissed off, I hear gear crunching and then they try to catch up to me. Some have managed to pass me on the downhill part and also cutting me off. One even made contact with my front wheel, fortunately, not resulting to an accident nor damage to the bike.

One caught up to me in traffic only to shout some really bad words.

The vast majority of the riders that got pissed were fast riders. Expensive full cycling kit and bike, weight weenies of varying degree.... While I'm looking very much like a regular commuter with a heavy bike..... This is why I gave advice to OP, to avoid pissing off other riders when you pass them, you got to make yourself look fast and look Pro on the cycling kit and the bike itself.
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I just can't understand why anybody would feel butthurt because of getting passed by some random stranger.
Youd hope not. I pretty much ride my ride. Id rather have a faster rider pass me than lurk behind me.

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