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Do you trash talk ???

Old 07-16-05, 06:16 PM
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Do you trash talk ???

So the last incline of the ride today I catch a rider about halfway up the hill. I'm spinning he's standing/mashing and as I come beside him to pass, he increases his pace. So it's on, friendly competition neither one really letting up and as I'm about to go lower about 2 gears to power thru the last 20 meters he says to me "Better dig in deep" so I give it all I have expecting him to fly by me which luckily today doesn't happen and I hit the top first (yes I'm pretty proud of that).

No offense taken on his comment, in fact it fueled my final burst, but I was wondering how many more people out there actually trash talk like that to random strangers as I woiuld think there's a good chance it may backfire. Funny stories appreciated.
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Old 07-16-05, 06:38 PM
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there's not much trash in that talk...sounds like some friendly encouragement! Good for you for digging deep.
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Never.
I just walk the walk....never believed much in the talk the talk part.
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Old 07-16-05, 06:52 PM
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nah,i let my legs do the talking
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sounds like words of encouragement...
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I like the trash talking. I would have to at least know someone before I'd call them out on a climb. For that matter, I'd have to be able to drop someone on a climb. Hmmm, maybe I'll be the brunt of the trash talking...
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Originally Posted by adamfresno
sounds like words of encouragement...

Could be taken that way I guess, but that would be ofcourse assuming that I was a weaker rider (whihc I could have been but he didn't know that).

A few months back I was cheering on a rider who was mashing up this hill by saying "Good Job". I later found out that said rider wa a woman and took offense to what I said as I was apparenlty being condescending. Since then I've pretty much stuck to "hello" and "nice weather we're having" but found it quite amusing to hear a challenge like today.

Being nice aside what would you say if you would trash talk...?
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I'd say he was behind you laughing as you "dug in deep"!
Sounds like something I would say but usually it's to the big bulky tri-guy who flashes the Pepsodent smile at me!
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Old 07-16-05, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting
I'd say he was behind you laughing as you "dug in deep"!
Sounds like something I would say but usually it's to the big bulky tri-guy who flashes the Pepsodent smile at me!
He wasn't quite laughing as I waited for him at the top but you're right that would be a funny trick to pull.
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Old 07-16-05, 07:09 PM
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Nah. I'm usually too out of breath...
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i ride with a former cat2. if i trash talked, i'd be trashed.
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Originally Posted by jslopez
Being nice aside what would you say if you would trash talk...?
Nice bike you got there. Do you realy think it will make your skinny arse faster then me? If ya wanted to keep it "nice" you could just leave the "skinny arse" part out.


The only trash talking that goes on during our rides is just between friends. Who better then a friend to rip ya a new arse or try and make you feel like you are not good enough during a ride

I would not call the "better dig deep" comment trash talk but it definitly sounds like a challenge, one the rider could not rise too

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its all in the tone, that comment could of went both ways. at the top of the hill i would of said "i just had to get in front of you before i farted"
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I trash talk all the time. Whether I can back it up or not, I do it.
It cracks me up to talk trash to the great climbers, 'cause they'll then smoke up the climbs so fast all I see is the streak of rubber they leave. It kills me to get to the top a couple minutes later and, through ragged gasps, tell them they're getting slower. To top it off, when I inevitably beat them to the bottom, I love to say "Gravity works both ways, MFer!"
There's this Cat 2 guy a friend of mine and I go out with occasionally, and it's so much fun to attack him. He seems to find it partly hilarious and partly confusing.

Trash talking's a part of competition.

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I let my bike do the trash talkin for me. I kinda feel bad when I trash talk people. I prefer to just win or loose by my own talents and trash talk make it feel cheap to me, some how.
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I trash talk on group rides, but do it in such a way that it's obvious I'm messing around. Nothing wrong with a bit of friendly trashtalk
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I only trash talk to people with nicer bikes... but since I consider mine the sweetest bike ever.... I never really talk any trash
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Old 07-16-05, 08:38 PM
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I really only talk smack with the guys that are better than me. A guy on the US national team was riding with us on thursday, and every time he'd beat me to the top of a hill I'd say "not bad" or "I let you have that one". When I caught up to him on the flats, I said something like "Going a little slow there, huh?" while he was cruising along at 25 barely huffing

I loves me some trash talkin.
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Nice ones....

I always wondered what would happen if one day I went aroudn shouting "YOU SUCK !!!" to everyone I passed.
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Imagine if this guy rode a bike...

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We all talk smack before a ride! It's all in fun. Even though I eat my words quite a bit riding the bike, I get 'em back on the golf course. It is a great motivator though! It makes the competition more enjoyable as far as I'm concerned. It's good to laugh!!
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Originally Posted by jslopez
...shouting "YOU SUCK !!!" to everyone I passed.

I just got the best visual off of that. Kinda like a Chris Farley voice but a Drill Sargeant build. All the while, hammerin' out of the saddle.
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Originally Posted by jslopez
So the last incline of the ride today I catch a rider about halfway up the hill. I'm spinning he's standing/mashing and as I come beside him to pass, he increases his pace. So it's on, friendly competition neither one really letting up and as I'm about to go lower about 2 gears to power thru the last 20 meters he says to me "Better dig in deep" so I give it all I have expecting him to fly by me which luckily today doesn't happen and I hit the top first (yes I'm pretty proud of that).

No offense taken on his comment, in fact it fueled my final burst, but I was wondering how many more people out there actually trash talk like that to random strangers as I woiuld think there's a good chance it may backfire. Funny stories appreciated.
Hmm. Never with total strangers, but frequently with buddies.

This is not really all that funny, but it is a story from the other day . . . my buddy and I were riding with a couple of friends, one of whom is his Spinning(tm) instructor. We were pretty far ahead on a climb and taking it easy. She (instructor) comes up from behind and says, "look out guys, here I come!", which got our attention so of course we laid it on. She stuck with us for a while but couldn't hang, and dropped off; we kept going. My buddy looks over and goes, "she's dropped" and started laying off a little, but I said "yeah but we're still ON!" and sprinted up & over the top, victorious (of . . . nothing!).

Sometimes that stuff can be kind of fun, as long as it doesn't start getting mean spirited. With some of the dorks that ride around here I am leery of saying anything to strangers unless I am certain of how it's going to be taken.
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Almost anything I'd say would be encouraging. But competitive people tend to take anything as a goad or jab. They're some of the most sensitive people in the world, those Type A's.

But on rare occasions when I've really got my wind I will sing a bit. That seems to creep people out as it makes my heart happy. Great combo.
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