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Old 04-20-21, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
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!
Donít forget to shave your legs and arms. Maybe strap-on some extra quads and calves.
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Old 04-21-21, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
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..

Alternatively, maybe there's a way to make sound effects or mime like you're riding an ebike.

I've had some health problems that have reduced my speed a bit this year and I have to admit it bothers me a little bit to get passed, but I'm sure not angry at the passer. Why would I expect them to slow down to match my speed? I just want my lungs to heal faster.
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Old 04-21-21, 10:04 AM
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Put one of these on your bike. They'll announce your passing intentions even better than an annoying buzzy hub! You'll be a hit on whatever MUP you decide to ride.

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I just can't understand why anybody would feel butthurt because of getting passed by some random stranger.
The reason why you can't understand it is because 90% of these "stories" are made up...

When you read these Walter Mitty accounts of glory about passing some "lycra clad racer" pay attention to the tone, inflection, and rhythm and notice how they all follow the same theme? It's a choose your own adventure.


ACT I
Our intrepid hero approaches its prey on their XXXXX {insert:some_old_ cool sounding bike_BUT DEFINATELY NOT CARBON!!!!!} and faces a moral dilemma! Do they hold back and save this poor XXXXX {insert:condescending tone about "tight pants" or "lycra clad" or "pro" racer} loser from having a nervous breakdown because someone is drafting them or do they blow by them like a Japanese Tsunami!? (Guess which one they pick?) As Walter Mitty drops the flabbergasted XXXXX {insert:Lance_Armstrong wannabe on his sneering Carbon ROAD bike} our hero gives a slight nod to his adoring fans and they rejoice knowing that their superiority is forever known!

ACT II
While the evil XXXXX {insert:shaved arm and shaved leg Triathlete loser on his Cervelo} gasps for air and does all they can to catch Walter Mitty, the vanquished XXXXX {insert:condescending tone about "tight pants" or "lycra clad" or "pro" racer} ne'r do well hurls insult after insult and "bad words" at the lovely, never tired, and definitely NOT ROADIE POS Don Quixote. Thunderous applause crescendos then fades as they hero rides on into golden hour bliss...


And cut...roll credits.

Again, I repeat the tag line for most Bike Forum posts: "I'll take Things That Never Happened for $500 Alex"

You are probably like me and most others on BF and this is our experience: People pass us all the time on all manner of bikes. Going to different destinations at different lengths of rides with a different goal in mind. Some people riding are faster than us and some are slower. Meh. We don't get worked up being passed, passing someone or waving and not waving.

You, and many, are baffled by how well some cyclists of BF can read the minds of those craptastic (and lets face it probably evil Nazi) roadies in their lycra. See...when you are the star of your own movie all those jerk roadies in their "lycra clad pro racer jerseys" are nothing but bit players in the hero's journey and well...they do have to be animated. And that's where these posts of glory come in.

I've never once thought I was fast. And when I want to test myself to see if I'm faster than others, I pin on a number and make sure the people I'm trying to beat know they're in a race as well.

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Old 04-21-21, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by aplcr0331 View Post
You are probably like me and most others on BF and this is our experience: People pass us all the time on all manner of bikes. Going to different destinations at different lengths of rides with a different goal in mind. Some people riding are faster than us and some are slower. Meh. We don't get worked up being passed, passing someone or waving and not waving.
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I race myself. I ride 3-4 times a week and have a regular circuit that I do twice a week. I like to compare this ride as a gauge to my speed and fitness. I pass people all the time and occasionally get passed. This is not that i'm the fastest, more like people faster than me are just not out during the day.
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Old 04-21-21, 12:24 PM
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I race myself. I ride 3-4 times a week and have a regular circuit that I do twice a week. I like to compare this ride as a gauge to my speed and fitness. I pass people all the time and occasionally get passed. This is not that i'm the fastest, more like people faster than me are just not out during the day.

I do like me some Cat 6 from time to time. We both know when we're doing it, even if we don't say anything.

The only time I get mad being passed is when a group struggles to catch me, then slows down as soon as they've surrounded me. I'm really not interested in joining the group and don't feel like slowing down to fall back. Fortunately, these weekend warriors usually fade very quickly and I can pull out the front.
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Old 04-21-21, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by aplcr0331 View Post
You, and many, are baffled by how well some cyclists of BF can read the minds of those craptastic (and lets face it probably evil Nazi) roadies in their lycra. See...when you are the star of your own movie all those jerk roadies in their "lycra clad pro racer jerseys" are nothing but bit players in the hero's journey and well...they do have to be animated. And that's where these posts of glory come in.
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I am one of those top of food chain jerk roadies! Look for me in my team kit as you pass by me. I am way faster, I'm just spinning in an easy gear working on my form.
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Old 04-21-21, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
The only time I get mad being passed is when a group struggles to catch me, then slows down as soon as they've surrounded me.
That's just like driving on the Interstate highway. There will be no other cars in sight ahead or behind me, then suddenly a big group catches up; half of them pass me and just like that I am surrounded. Everyone slows down and I am struggling to find a gap to get around so I can drive by myself again.
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Old 04-21-21, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Alternatively, maybe there's a way to make sound effects or mime like you're riding an ebike.

I've had some health problems that have reduced my speed a bit this year and I have to admit it bothers me a little bit to get passed, but I'm sure not angry at the passer. Why would I expect them to slow down to match my speed? I just want my lungs to heal faster.
Good idea. How about an empty battery case on the downtube as your toolbag?? At least it will make your bike look like an e-bike! Sound is easy, just loop an e-bike sound on your phone.

It's easier to disguise a MTB, hybrid or folding bike into e-bike since most e-bikes come in those flavors. Still, the bike must look like a late model and preferrably with disc brakes. Would be hard to convince anyone that your 80's rim brake bike is power-assisted!
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Old 04-22-21, 02:33 PM
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Go ahead and pass them!
Two days ago, I was out on one of my favorite routes, feeling really good about how I was attacking a hill.... and a guy passed me about 20 feet from the top. Now, sure, my first reaction was to be pissed of, but my quick second reaction was to be motivated to work a whole lot harder. And the rest of my ride was way better than it would have been. It also made me realize that I need work on more hills.

You might be afraid of offending, but you might be just the inspiration somebody else needs.
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Old 04-22-21, 10:08 PM
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Go ahead and pass them!

You might be afraid of offending, but you might be just the inspiration somebody else needs.
Oh so true. To see what is possible might just provide the inspiration to find your own potential.
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Old 04-23-21, 07:34 PM
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Now, sure, my first reaction was to be pissed of, but my quick second reaction was to be motivated to work a whole lot harder. And the rest of my ride was way better than it would have been. It also made me realize that I need work on more hills.

You might be afraid of offending, but you might be just the inspiration somebody else needs.
Not everyone thinks or as nice like you.... Your positive attitude doesn't represent all other riders on the road.

Of the riders your pass, only few will be inspired, most doesn't care, and few will be pissed. I was chased and cut off a few times by passed-pissed riders on the downhill.

So yes, passing can elevate the risks on the road.....But some rather silly solution seems to work like making yourself and your bike look PRO or make your bike look or sound like an e-bike or don't pass at all.
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Old 04-23-21, 08:28 PM
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Around here, riders donít seem to care if you pass as long as you are safe and polite. If anything, I seem to be more a source of amusement than irritation, riding along on an old single speed bike.

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I ride a fat bike, so I have no idea what you're talking about.

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Someone passed me today and I am a slow rider and know that I am. I rode for one hour today and average speed was 10.5 miles. I am also very heavy and am trying to lose weight. I bring this up cause when I got passed I didnít feel sad or irritated in fact I felt like I now have a goal. I was thinking in the back of my head ď oh so if I get in better shape and put in effort I can go faster lol.Ē The thought of being able to go 15 mph with the same effort of going ten excites me.
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What's really annoying is someone passes you, only to slow down in front of you (they can't maintain the pace) and now you have to slow down or get out of the bike lane to pass them.

What to do in this case? How do you communicate to the other rider such action is rude (GCN made a video segment about how bad it looks and we should avoid such practice)
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What to do in this case? How do you communicate to the other rider such action is rude (GCN made a video segment about how bad it looks and we should avoid such practice)
I always ride my ride, and I wonít make a big deal about passing or being passed.

I donít get passed often and usually that is by a fairly experienced rider. Even then, it is common that I will close back up on them if they pass me on the flat or downhill and we come to a rise or a hit a headwind. Par for the course, since riding single speed requires higher effort in those cases.

I donít overthink it. I think it makes sense to ride your ride.

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I passed 6 people today and I feel terrible.

4 of them had training wheels and 1 had a trailer.

BTW... the 6th had aero bars.
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What's really annoying is someone passes you, only to slow down in front of you (they can't maintain the pace) and now you have to slow down or get out of the bike lane to pass them.

What to do in this case? How do you communicate to the other rider such action is rude (GCN made a video segment about how bad it looks and we should avoid such practice)
just work up a fart, & blow it off as you blow past them. Be sure to point up at the sky & say burrito.

It ensures there mouth will be open, & have eaten the mass of warm air.
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Even then, it is common that I will close back up on them if they pass me on the flat or downhill and we come to a rise or a hit a headwind. Par for the course, since riding single speed requires higher effort in those cases.

I don’t overthink it. I think it makes sense to ride your ride.
Some slow down to almost walking speeds on the uphill after they pass you.

It's difficult to stay balanced at slow speeds with heavy loads so I have no choice but to pass and passing is not easy uphill with heavy pannier bags in vehicular traffic.

I almost always carry something heavy on my rides so it's not just some petty inconvience to me if I have a really slow rider in front of me going uphill.
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just work up a fart, & blow it off as you blow past them. Be sure to point up at the sky & say burrito.

It ensures there mouth will be open, & have eaten the mass of warm air.
Looks like it might work!
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Most of my rides, I never see another bicycle.
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I often do interval workouts on a stretch of road that's a popular out-and-back. I might be at the end of an interval, pass another rider, and sit up for the rest period. It doesn't bother me if they pass me, and I hope they're not annoyed. But too bad if they are.
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When I over take people, I make sure to upshift two gears, so my 600 watts pops a wheelie, while doing a burnout
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I like to dial it up to just under luminal speed so the poor SLOB I'm passing can see me passing them for the rest of their ride. Just passing them forever because I dont give AF.
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