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I got passed by a MTB last night.

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I got passed by a MTB last night.

Old 05-12-05, 08:17 AM
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I got passed by a MTB last night.

Should I feel bad?
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Old 05-12-05, 08:18 AM
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Old 05-12-05, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by EricT
Should I feel bad?
That's up to you.

In our household though, the rules are "Never get passed, never get dropped, never give up". Also "If you're not puking, you're not going hard enough."

So I hope that after he passed you, you hung with him till you puked. But only if that sort of thing is important to you.
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A gifted athlete on junky equimpment is still better than your average joe on his poseur rig. Maybe it was Lance...
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Old 05-12-05, 08:26 AM
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He may have wanted to puke a couple of miles up the road.

A few years ago I was riding my mtn bike around and a road biker passed me. So I tried to keep up, and eventually I did pass them. However, in doing so I got myself seriously sick, almost puked and passed out when I got home from overheating, and had to take an icy cold bath to cool myself down.

I was super proud that I chased down a roadie though. That made the near hospital trip all worth it
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Old 05-12-05, 08:27 AM
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wow, so what does a mtb look like going away?
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Old 05-12-05, 08:31 AM
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I'm waiting for the "I passed a roadie last night" thread to start in the mtb forum.

And, yes, you should feel bad.
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Old 05-12-05, 08:35 AM
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I used to pass spandex clad roadies on my hybrid bike at speeds in the low 20's range (mph). Felt really good. (I'm intensely competitive)

Now I AM a spandex clad roadie.

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Old 05-12-05, 08:37 AM
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I once got passed by a MTB'r while spinting full out at 31 MPH. My only consolation was that he's a ranked racer in his age group (45+).
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Originally Posted by EricT
Should I feel bad?

That was you?

Sorry man
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Old 05-12-05, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by EricT
Should I feel bad?

If you were trying to hold him off, or catch his wheel yes.
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Old 05-12-05, 08:52 AM
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I hate to admit it but my first day back on the bike after years of no riding I got passed by a guy on rollerblades. My only consolation was he looked like he was all muscle and lungs, still rather embarrassing.
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Originally Posted by alison_in_oh
That's up to you.

In our household though, the rules are "Never get passed, never get dropped, never give up". Also "If you're not puking, you're not going hard enough."

So I hope that after he passed you, you hung with him till you puked. But only if that sort of thing is important to you.

That's hard to do when you're on a recovery ride. Need the discipline to hold back.

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I'll admit to having more than a little bit of "roadie envy," and I enjoy drafting and/or passing slow roadies on my old hardtail MTB. The best one was last fall, when I was out for a "fun ride" with my four-year old son in his bikeseat. Some guy tooled past on his Colnago wearing all his flashy Italian kit and my son asked me, "Was that Lance, Daddy?"

I grinned, said "Nope. Hang on!" and shifted to the big rings (42x11!) and picked up the pace. I caught him in about 200 metres and glued myself to his back wheel. He didn't know I was back there until I rang my bell to warn off some sleepy geese. The look on his face when he saw me hanging with him at 35 kmph + was priceless!

He recovered quickly though and slowed down a bit to chat. He seemed pretty impressed that I was hanging with him and he turned out to be a nice guy, so it wasn't like we tried to ride each other into the ground. And then we came to a hill and I let him go -- although with 50 fewer lbs. to haul around, that wasn't much of an issue!

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Originally Posted by EricT
Should I feel bad?
I was on my MTB a few years back climbing a long steep mountain fireroad when suddenly I hear footsteps. A lone jogger runs past me on the way to the top.
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Old 05-12-05, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Corsaire
That's hard to do when you're on a recovery ride. Need the discipline to hold back.
Unfortunately, when it comes to my über-competitive partner, other people on the road means all bets are off. Recovery can come another day.
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Old 05-12-05, 09:14 AM
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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)
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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.
LOL ! I know the feeling, but once after I had done a tough work (lot of hill reps on large gears) out the day before, my legs were so shot and pulverized that I could've been easily passed by a kid on his plastic tricycle. Way to go kid!

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You guys are cracking me up!

The sad thing was that yesterday was one of my strongest rides ever, I posted by best average speed for a hilly loop that I do.

I didn't feel quite so bad when I got a look at his calves, they were like shrink-wrapped stones. At least his jersey was flashier than mine.

Next time I will put up a fight though!
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Originally Posted by Corsaire
That's hard to do when you're on a recovery ride. Need the discipline to hold back.

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So true. I was on a recovery ride yesterday when I got passed by a paceline going about 26 mph. I was tooling along at 18 mph or so and it took every fiber of my being to keep from hopping on that last wheel and ruining my recovery ride.

There is something subconsciously insulting (or something) about being passed...the body just doesn't want to stand for it!
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Originally Posted by Corsaire
That's hard to do when you're on a recovery ride. Need the discipline to hold back.

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Yeah, but how long does it take to recover from being passed by a mtbr?
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Originally Posted by squeegy200
I was on my MTB a few years back climbing a long steep mountain fireroad when suddenly I hear footsteps. A lone jogger runs past me on the way to the top.
Ok, that's funnier than the roller skater or MTBer.
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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.
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Originally Posted by squeegy200
I was on my MTB a few years back climbing a long steep mountain fireroad when suddenly I hear footsteps. A lone jogger runs past me on the way to the top.
Hopefully you caught him/her on the downhill! Or did you just ride their shoe?
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When I was in college, I used to be able to keep up with road bike pacelines on my MTB if the total distance is no more than 10 miles. Any farther than that, I start getting dropped. Of course my MTB is 35lbs and has big knobby tires.
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