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Old 04-05-23, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by big john
The hair might contribute to the "golf ball effect" making him even faster.
Sounds like I need to stop ‘manscaping’ and let my inner Bigfoot fly.

but, i will keep my shirt on.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
How, turning the power up? Drafting makes it easy to stick with you. The only "punishing" things I could think of are dangerous, like brake checking them (something I have heard as a suggested way of dealing with wheelsuckers lol)
You don't brake check wheelsuckers. That'll take you down, too. Everybody knows that. You run right up on a trail bollard & duck out of the way at the last instant.

Sheesh, Larry. Amateur hour up in here.
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Originally Posted by base2
You don't brake check wheelsuckers. That'll take you down, too. Everybody knows that. You run right up on a trail bollard & duck out of the way at the last instant.

Sheesh, Larry. Amateur hour up in here.
Is the rear wheel "hook" a completely lost art?
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Is the rear wheel "hook" a completely lost art?
I prefer the Team Cinzano maneuver.
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Here's a video of a man named Sellers and a hill. I don't think he's racing, though. I'm guessing those are not disc brakes.


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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Yesterday on my way to work I waited at the bottom of the ~3 minute climb because I wanted a rabbit to chase. Just no fun at all otherwise and I wasn’t in a hurry. Sure enough someone showed up and we raced up the hill, but later I felt kind of obnoxious for waiting for him and then passing.

How would you feel if this happened to you?

I would feel like you were dorky.

EDIT: just pay attention

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On my ride today I raced and dropped a turkey, a calf and a dog. I was humbled by a couple of horseflies, couldn't drop them until the descent.
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I am over 60 years old and usually am riding in a tee-shirt and cut-off shorts on a 1970s ten-speed bike that weight 33 pounds and has 21 teeth on it's largest rear sprocket. I have another one I converted to single-speed which has gearing too high for steep hills and too slow for level ground. So I expect to be passed as most are younger and/or on better machinery for specific road conditions. Even if I had a $10K TT bike I would still expect to be blown off regularly at my age of course.

It is not as much fun being old as it is being young.

But that makes it fun for me to race with other riders who are usually younger and also who are usually on modern equipment, and very often they are wearing all sorts of fancy cycling garb as if they are in the Tour De France or something.

Often these are weekend-warriors who are not in as good a shape as they could be, but maybe they think having an expensive bike and race garb and often aero-bars makes them into something they want to be. That is a fun balloon to pop for them.

If on occasion I can stay with them or drop them and their young bodies and fancy gear, I chalk up a victory. And if it bothers them then they needed some humility etc. anyway.
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Originally Posted by beng1
I am over 60 years old and usually am riding in a tee-shirt and cut-off shorts on a 1970s ten-speed bike that weight 33 pounds and has 21 teeth on it's largest rear sprocket. I have another one I converted to single-speed which has gearing too high for steep hills and too slow for level ground. ...

But that makes it fun for me to race with other riders who are usually younger and also who are usually on modern equipment, and very often they are wearing all sorts of fancy cycling garb as if they are in the Tour De France or something.

Often these are weekend-warriors who are not in as good a shape as they could be, but maybe they think having an expensive bike and race garb and often aero-bars makes them into something they want to be. That is a fun balloon to pop for them.

If on occasion I can stay with them or drop them and their young bodies and fancy gear, I chalk up a victory. And if it bothers them then they needed some humility etc. anyway.
This is so awesome and can be even more awesome if only you would also wear flip flips and smoke a cigarette (or a blunt) as you blow past these weekend warriors.
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This is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. I would never in a million years think of doing this, and if I ever did I'd slap myself immediately for being so stupid.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
This is so awesome and can be even more awesome if only you would also wear flip flips and smoke a cigarette (or a blunt) as you blow past these weekend warriors.
Yes! Beating down those Lycra kit wearing, fancy bike riding, Lance wannabe poseurs while on the WallyMagma has deep roots on BF! Each additional bottom feeder attribute added increases the fun factor.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
Yes! Beating down those Lycra kit wearing, fancy bike riding, Lance wannabe poseurs while on the WallyMagma has deep roots on BF! Each additional bottom feeder attribute added increases the fun factor.
Hamers droped, and all that.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
This is so awesome and can be even more awesome if only you would also wear flip flips and smoke a cigarette (or a blunt) as you blow past these weekend warriors.
"I was doing a Zone 1 recovery ride, and some old guy on an ancient Schwinn passed me, wearing a T-shirt and gym shorts. He wasn't wearing a helmet and looked unvaccinated. Poor bastard was all bunched up, like he was riding a kids bike. It seemed awfully important to him to pass me. But you gotta give it to him for being out there still riding. I hope I'm still riding at his age. But, you know, on a bike that actually fits."
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
This is so awesome and can be even more awesome if only you would also wear flip flips and smoke a cigarette (or a blunt) as you blow past these weekend warriors.
It would be even better if he had and udjustable watt knob he could dial up if he needed to.
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Originally Posted by beng1
I am ... riding in a tee-shirt and cut-off shorts ...

... other riders who are ... very often ... wearing all sorts of fancy cycling garb as if they are in the Tour De France or something.

Often these are weekend-warriors who are not in as good a shape as they could be, but maybe they think having an expensive bike and race garb ...
Now I regret cutting off the hang tags affixed to my fancy cycling garb after only checking that I received the right size. If only I had read them more carefully, I would have seen the warning that they are only meant for racing in the Tour de France or something, and could have returned them unworn within 30 days of receipt. Now I have to toss them all and ask my wife to cut the legs off my older pants so I can have attire more appropriate for the slow speed at which I cycle. Thankfully, I already own many T-shirts; otherwise, I would have to ride topless like LarrySellerz.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Hamers droped, and all that.
Dialed up to 400 watts, of course.
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Originally Posted by beng1
I am over 60 years old and usually am riding in a tee-shirt and cut-off shorts on a 1970s ten-speed bike that weight 33 pounds and has 21 teeth on it's largest rear sprocket. I have another one I converted to single-speed which has gearing too high for steep hills and too slow for level ground. So I expect to be passed as most are younger and/or on better machinery for specific road conditions. Even if I had a $10K TT bike I would still expect to be blown off regularly at my age of course.

It is not as much fun being old as it is being young.

But that makes it fun for me to race with other riders who are usually younger and also who are usually on modern equipment, and very often they are wearing all sorts of fancy cycling garb as if they are in the Tour De France or something.

Often these are weekend-warriors who are not in as good a shape as they could be, but maybe they think having an expensive bike and race garb and often aero-bars makes them into something they want to be. That is a fun balloon to pop for them.

If on occasion I can stay with them or drop them and their young bodies and fancy gear, I chalk up a victory. And if it bothers them then they needed some humility etc. anyway.
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Me on the Huffy in the TT last year, 19.5mph average. They would not let me ride without a helmet. I am going to take it out for a spin right now and see how fast it feels like going today, the wind is calm and it is supposed to get up into the low 60s. I will get slower every year now until I kick the bucket, but this year I am going to throw some longer cranks on( it had 165mm for the tt last year), and I have some Continental UltraSportIII tires to try too, so maybe I can not lose too much speed. Notice how the rear rim is distorted under the brutal torque of 175 watts.

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Great helmet choice!
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Note: Once the droping is complete, “The Look” must also be given. The defeated racer-boy wannabe must be made to feel, viscerally, his/her/their utter inadequacy in the face of one’s mighty guads.
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Originally Posted by beng1
Me on the Huffy in the TT last year, 19.5mph average. ...

I am digging the minimalist approach, Zen Master. Fancy cycling garb is only for racing the Tour de France or something, and bar tape is only for Paris Roubaix or some other cobble event, right?
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
Great helmet choice!
I had a real cycling helmet in the 1990s, I don't know what happened to it. The helmet in the photo is an all-purpose Tony Hawk made for skateboarding, but I have used it for motorcycling, bicycle races, and skateboarding. The white color makes it stay cool, and it makes interesting flute-like noises in the wind.
Last week I looked in the dumpster of a local bike-shop and found a lightly scuffed Specialized cycling helmet that was my size and even had it's strap adjusted to fit me !!! It may be a more "aero" than the Tony Hawk.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
I am digging the minimalist approach, Zen Master. Fancy cycling garb is only for racing the Tour de France or something, and bar tape is only for Paris Roubaix or some other cobble event, right?
I understand that some of the fancy cycling clothing may be more aerodynamic in a marginal gain sort of way, but I am not interested in marginal gains, especially when they cost extra money. I don't see the purpose in bar tape. When we rode stingrays in the late 60s/early 70s everyone rode holding the bare steel part of the handlebar that was the highest point of the bars, nobody held the bars by the grips especially pedaling under full power standing up. I don't remember having any tape on the bars of my Columbia ten-speed in the 70s either. Nobody worried about that stuff especially young people, they were too busy having fun. Also on hot days the bare metal is a heat-sink and cools your hands and blood. In the winter just wear gloves.
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Originally Posted by beng1
I understand that some of the fancy cycling clothing may be more aerodynamic in a marginal gain sort of way, but I am not interested in marginal gains, especially when they cost extra money. I don't see the purpose in bar tape. When we rode stingrays in the late 60s/early 70s everyone rode holding the bare steel part of the handlebar that was the highest point of the bars, nobody held the bars by the grips especially pedaling under full power standing up. I don't remember having any tape on the bars of my Columbia ten-speed in the 70s either. Nobody worried about that stuff especially young people, they were too busy having fun. Also on hot days the bare metal is a heat-sink and cools your hands and blood. In the winter just wear gloves.
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Originally Posted by beng1
Last week I looked in the dumpster of a local bike-shop and found a lightly scuffed Specialized cycling helmet that was my size ...
People toss perfectly good, but scuffed, helmets in dumpsters for no reason. The odds that it was tossed in the dumpster because it was involved in a collision are practically zero. /s
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