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You ever wind up racing a random person on your solo ride?

Old 07-18-18, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
He probably went home and started a thread on BF about how he “dropped a fully kitted racer” on his commute.
Heh. I did just that this morning. Perhaps I should start a thread about it.
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Old 07-18-18, 08:26 AM
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A dude pulled up next to me at a stop light yesterday and said hello. Light went green and he missed a clip in so I went around him. I was trying to warm up a little for a crit last night, so I hit the gas a bit. Couple miles later I get to another light, he was still right next to me, told me, "Nice pull!". I have no problem with someone drafting, but I didn't even know he was there. I explained I was doing openers and was doing my own thing, so he sat behind me for a couple more blocks and then sprinted around me. He was also on a Pinarello Dogma F10, which is apparently the ultimate Cat 6 race bike.
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Old 07-18-18, 08:43 AM
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Soooo many variables ! Maybe the person who jumped on your wheel during your intervals was just happy / thankful you got them out of their comfort zone for awhile??? Yes, a big thank you for pulling me would have been nice !

Maybe its its depends on the area you live and ride in. If I ride up to someone, or get rode up on, (I try to let them know I’m there before I get to close). Some chit chat, how far have you gone, where you headed, riding for fun, training, determine if one of us will “ jump on” for awhile and ride on.

Maybe some just take cycling to seriously ? If your cycling angry....not having fun......getting upset with others on the road for no real reasons.......maybe find another sport !
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Old 07-18-18, 09:00 AM
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I like to have a carrot to chase when I'm riding. Doesn't mean I always make it. If we are going roughly the same speed I don't pass, otherwise I do. If I see someone in my mirror coming up on me I might try to hold them off, but I won't go crazy.

I did have one guy on a BMX actually ask me at a stop sign if I wanted to race. I declined. Thought it was a little strange.
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Old 07-18-18, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Steeljag View Post
Soooo many variables ! Maybe the person who jumped on your wheel during your intervals was just happy / thankful you got them out of their comfort zone for awhile??? Yes, a big thank you for pulling me would have been nice !

Maybe its its depends on the area you live and ride in. If I ride up to someone, or get rode up on, (I try to let them know I’m there before I get to close). Some chit chat, how far have you gone, where you headed, riding for fun, training, determine if one of us will “ jump on” for awhile and ride on.

Maybe some just take cycling to seriously ? If your cycling angry....not having fun......getting upset with others on the road for no real reasons.......maybe find another sport !
A grumpy, antisocial, rantish response:

People that just up and start conversations annoy me (in any context, but ESPECIALLY if I'm doing something strenuous), and to think that you should determine what I do or do not take seriously also annoys me. You do you and I'll do me. Don't assume you know anything about anything.

But the thing that trumps all of that is MY safety. You don't jump on my wheel because I have no idea how capable you are at riding on my wheel without crashing me. Or crashing yourself! I frequently barely skirt holes and debris. I don't want to be responsible for YOUR safety on MY solo ride.

If you want a social experience, go join a spin class. I'm not on a bike ride to give you a good pull. Sorry, not sorry.

There are group rides and beginner's rides and all the like where stuff can be different. My solo rides are always for a reason.
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Old 07-18-18, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
If you want a social experience, go join a spin class.
Or a yoga class.
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Old 07-18-18, 09:13 AM
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Old 07-18-18, 09:33 AM
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Used to, all the time. I guess I'm getting older. I can just let it go now.

Mind you I pass more people than I get passed by. I always wait for a safe opportunity to pass, which can be annoying for both of us. I won't suck wheel while I'm waiting, but it's hard not to know there's someone behind you waiting to get by.
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Old 07-18-18, 09:49 AM
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I just be happy to SEE another rider when I'm out solo on my rural routes.
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Old 07-18-18, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by str8jakett View Post
I just be happy to SEE another rider when I'm out solo on my rural routes.
I often see folks as I pass the turn-off to the grocery store---usually riding full-suspension toy bikes from Walmart and carrying multiple bags of groceries.

Sometimes i can catchand pass them.
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Old 07-18-18, 10:30 AM
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No. I'm weird and never do a "casual" ride. I always have a purpose when I go out and I'm sure as heck not going to find a random riding companion who's riding with that same purpose at that same speed. I couldn't care less if someone gets on my wheel though. Not my responsibility, not my problem. I'm just riding my bike.
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Old 07-18-18, 11:01 AM
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Nope. I ride solo on the road, no interest in racing, drafting, or being drafted. I'm in my own little world, and don't want anyone else invading it.
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Old 07-18-18, 11:26 AM
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I don't tend to race, but I do tend to up my pace if there is someone around me that is going a bit faster than I am.

A couple weeks ago there was a pretty strong rider on my commute home, so I sped up a mph or 2 to keep pace, without creepily drafting or anything. A mile or so in, and after switching positions a few times, we ended up increasing our pace pretty significantly. At this point we were both pretty obviously drafting the other. After a light change, the guy yells out "your turn!," and then it was pretty much on lol. We were each doing 25mph pulls between traffic lights the rest of the way back into my neighborhood. Made for a fun commute home.
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Old 07-18-18, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte View Post
Sure. I try to pass everyone I can on solo rides, doesn't everyone? What I will do is follow them for a while until it's safe to pass, analyzing their bike and riding style a bit, then pass with gusto, enough to discourage them from following without a major effort. For whatever reason, I've noticed that people with a lot of mirrors always seem to be the easiest victims.

Of course, I don't pass everyone. But people who pass me, I will at least attempt to keep up with for a while, and maybe have a quick chat. I find people who pass me much more willing to engage in conversation than people I've just passed.

I find solo rides to be much more enjoyable when there are other riders out, and I can usually find someone close to my fitness level to ride with for a while, though I don't know if I would call it a "race". And though it goes unsaid, there is a certain amount of pride involved in making it to the top of a hill first, or catching up on a descent. And I can gauge my fitness a certain amount by looking at the number of people that pass me vs, the number of people I pass.
Road tubeless is finicky, and I just like riding bikes, not fighting really tight tires on and off rims. So I pay someone else to do that.

While I was at LBS picking up my wheel, this guy was telling the story of his getting dropped up a steep hill. By an older guy. "I thought I was in good shape, and I had already left my wife and kid behind so I threw everything I had into it, but ..." And then the guy told him "Don't worry, son, this is an e-bike."
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Old 07-18-18, 11:52 AM
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Old 07-18-18, 12:08 PM
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Road tubeless is finicky, and I just like riding bikes, not fighting really tight tires on and off rims. So I pay someone else to do that.
Really? It's not like its roofing work.
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And it's not like roofing work is open heart surgery. But open heart surgery is easy compared to underwater welding. There's always something harder or more unpleasant ... I still don't want to mess with it.
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In my first comment I wasnt under the impression this thread was about wheel sucking - no, I would never do that to a stranger. I agree it's rude.
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Old 07-18-18, 12:40 PM
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And it's not like roofing work is open heart surgery. But open heart surgery is easy compared to underwater welding. There's always something harder or more unpleasant ... I still don't want to mess with it.
And driving in a big city such as Seattle to get to a bike shop to do simple maintenance is by far more difficult and stressful than changing bike tires. I am BTW flying into SeaTac Monday and the thought of the crap traffic there already has me worked up. I hope you live around the corner from the LBS.
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LBS is across the street from the gym I go to on my lunch break.

Hope you have a good time here. It's going to be sweltering hot (by local standards) on Monday. If you have the time and inclination, Kachess Lake Campground has ideal swimming near Snoqualmie Pass. Magnusson Park has pretty good swimming within city limits, too.
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I live in the fifth largest city in 'Murica. I can easily walk or ride to a good LBS. I also had open heart surgery once. Got the scar to prove it.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
LBS is across the street from the gym I go to on my lunch break.

Hope you have a good time here. It's going to be sweltering hot (by local standards) on Monday. If you have the time and inclination, Kachess Lake Campground has ideal swimming near Snoqualmie Pass. Magnusson Park has pretty good swimming within city limits, too.
Thankfully we are driving to the much quieter Gig harbor area. Compared to the relentless upper 90F month long work out in Colorado, I am thinking I’ll be loving the lower temps there.
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