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I got passed by a MTB last night.

Old 05-12-05, 10:34 AM
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I always ride my pace. I just ignore other people on the road. If they want to race past me that's just fine by me. Winning a race against someone who's not racing is like winning against a park bench.
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Old 05-12-05, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by peterm5365
I always ride my pace. I just ignore other people on the road. If they want to race past me that's just fine by me. Winning a race against someone who's not racing is like winning against a park bench.
Does that hold true when a dog is chasing you down? I mean, you're not racing but...
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Old 05-12-05, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by outdoorboy
Hopefully you caught him/her on the downhill! Or did you just ride their shoe?
That is pure awesomeness.
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Old 05-12-05, 11:33 AM
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What were you doing with your road bike on a down hill course anyway?? Really though is it so hard to believe that we are not at our best yet -that we can be and that there is no goal left to get us to challenge ourselves to become more fit? You are only as good as your "next" ride. Suck it up grow some come back and play tomorrow.
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Old 05-12-05, 12:41 PM
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I got passed the other day while pulling a 19.5 ave by a very fit younger woman. If I was a little upset, it was quickly washed away by the view I had for the next couple miles....nice lycra.
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Old 05-12-05, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by EricT
Should I feel bad?

Sure.

Just kidding. I was on my touring bike and this guy flew past me on a hybrid. Oh well. Some people will always be faster than me, I guess. Wow!

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Old 05-12-05, 01:12 PM
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Old 05-12-05, 01:44 PM
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I was on a 40 this weekend, Organized ride too, For 3 miles, there was a gentlemen behind me and he coughed the entire time. So much that it distracted me. I looked back an only seen a white beard and a Super yellow Trek Wind breaker.

He never stopped coughing. We got to a pretty long hill and he finally went around me. I was beat.

I met him after I was loaded and changed. He was beside my truck undressing and preparing to load.

A lady was with him, she looked at him and said "great job grand dad" he said "yep, not bad for a 71 year old"

I was like, OMG, that was guy who kept up with me for 8 miles coughing and then passed me.


Consulation: He stopped at a pitstop and I didnt lol

Either Im WAY to slow or hes just the man.

Id say option #1

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Old 05-12-05, 02:40 PM
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since i swappe dmy tires on my mtb--i have been passing a few roadies on the biek trails---i take no comfort int his though because i always wind up getting dopped by an old dude on a road biek at some point during the ride---its fun to try and keep up though
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Old 05-12-05, 03:15 PM
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I do it all the time on my commute hehe
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Old 05-12-05, 03:31 PM
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I used to do it when I road emy MTB on the road. You get some dirty looks. I did have a guy in Miami tell me to get on his wheel after he passed me, he pulled me for about 20 miles. That was cool. I still had my knobbies on.
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Old 05-12-05, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by EricT
Should I feel bad?
If you care, add 5 points to your poseur quotient (see the poseur thread) and also, since you care and let it happen, but were riding a road bike that should have been able to smoke a mtb, add another add 10 points to your poseur quotient.

Otherwise, realize that there will ALWAYS be someone faster than you. No one wins every stage, race or ride. (Oh, if you think you're the fastest in any category - add 25 points to your poseur category! )
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Old 05-12-05, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by alison_in_oh
Unfortunately, when it comes to my über-competitive partner, other people on the road means all bets are off. Recovery can come another day.

Well why don't you race to get some real compitition.
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Old 05-12-05, 04:54 PM
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Chances are you were on a long bike ride, whereas he may have been on a short sprint ride.

My rides on my mountain-type bike are only 30 minutes, so I go pretty hard, and pass roadies, but I figure they are just cruising.
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Old 05-12-05, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by skiahh

Otherwise, realize that there will ALWAYS be someone faster than you. No one wins every stage, race or ride. )

But i'll sure as hell try!

Who doesnt like chasing a rabbit a half a mile up the road, whether it is an old guy on a wal-mart hybrid or a decked out roadie?
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Old 05-12-05, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by tehz
i got laughed at yesterday, but by kids on a school bus, so i didnt feel too bad

(read: if you're in highschool and on a schoolbus, you've got no room to laugh at anyone)
Unless of course you yourself is in high school and a lyrca clad roadie. Umm that would be me!
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In college a group of us got back from a very hard workout (hill sprints - ouch!). As we were coasting back into town some dude on a clunker with tennis shoes, knee socks and a Bell "Tortois" helmet passed by us. He gave us a look of contempt and said - "I never thought I would catch you guys." We almost fell off our bikes with shock.

So, my advice, come up with a great story - I worked so hard the first 100 miles that some guy on a mountain bike caught me. Or something like that.
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Old 05-12-05, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by khackney
Universal Rule of thumb for NON-Pro riders: There will always be someone faster than you out there. It is a basic fact of life. There will always be someone with a better bike, lighter bike, stiffer bike, better paint, better looking jersey, nicer helmet, stronger climber, rides farther, or has more bikes in the stable.

The fun is trying to get as close to the front of the list as possible if it matters to you. For some the fun is "watching" the people trying to get to the front of the line. Either way, it's all entertaining.
none of that bothers me. it's the hot women they have that bother me.
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Depends on how they are riding. If the MTB had just hopped off the trail onto the road bike path, he may have been doing a few fast laps; or he may have been doing a quick sprint. What matters is how long someone maintains that speed. At the momenty they are passing you, you don't know what type of riding they are doing that day.
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Originally Posted by EricT
Should I feel bad?
Tough to say but he's how I make the call:

- If you were passed going up hill and he was in the granny gear - that's ok. He has more gears and is a wuss for having to use them.

- If you were passed going down hill - that's ok too. MTB's a heavier than road bikes.

- If you were passed on level ground - that's bad.

- If you were passed on level ground and he was riding on knobbie tires....well you just out right suck.

DISCLAIMER: I mean no offense to any of my fellow MTB riders.
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Old 05-12-05, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by pacesetter
Well why don't you race to get some real compitition.
?? He does. Hence the competitiveness.

I will. Hence the him urging me to be more competitive.
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Old 05-12-05, 08:56 PM
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I used to be able to pass some roadies on my mtb.

Then I got some huge knobby tires, FR wheels and changed my shock's sag.

Now I'm the one getting passed...
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I think it may be the gearing, smaller wheels, and position on the mtb.
Cause when I used to commute on the mtb, I'd be pushing hard for 8 miles, then hit this nice steep hill going up to prospect park from 5th avenue, about 1/2 a mile or so at around 15-16mph, and I'd just crank it, once it got there, it was still slightly up hill as the street cuts into the park but a lot less steep so I max out my gears and accelerate up to 26-28mph and just whip by the roadies but then they catch me on the flats.
On my new commuter, I can hold a faster speed continuously but I definitely can't accelerate as quickly as the mtb, which I still find it ironic that I can climb hills with my 32lb mtb at the same speed as my 19lb roadie.
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I passed a car at 30 the other night, thta always feels good :-)
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My mountain bike friend did a century (160km) ride with a pack of roadies. There altogether average was around 30km/h. For 160k, it'd be a big effort to hold that on my roadie, let alone a mountain bike.
He rode an old cheap mountain bike (not department store), and yeah... he's only 16 (so am I).
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