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LMAO... Roadie Hunting(from a recumbent point of view)

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LMAO... Roadie Hunting(from a recumbent point of view)

Old 08-06-06, 12:03 AM
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LMAO... Roadie Hunting(from a recumbent point of view)

Lol i found this from a link in another thread

And here's the site site where i found it: http://www.adventuresofgreg.com/HPVMain.html

Made me laugh when i read it

Roadie hunting on a sunny Saturday afternoon can be loads of fun for the whole family. Follow these rules, and you can squeeze way more fun out of each kill. So mount up your lowracer and lets go find some roadies!

A. THE SNEAK ATTACK

This approach works best if you are approaching a small peloton of road riders. Look for matching team jerseys and some chit-chat among them for the absolute best effect. WARNING: Cancel the sneak attack if you see aerobars on the bikes. Aerobars mean they are friendly triathletes and your aggression will have no effect. Abort the attack, and instead, enjoy some friendly conversation as they will probably have questions about your lowracer.

1. Approach quietly from behind.

2. When you reach their rear wheels, shout "To your LEFT!" and then pass them *slowly* on the left hand side. Your bravado is intended to aggravate the roadies. Your slow pass should indicate that you are working pretty hard. Exaggerated heavy breathing and pumping motion is a nice touch.

NOTE: You MUST use a rear-view mirror for this technique! This is important for two reasons: First, a mirror is clearly a sensible safety feature, and one that a serious roadie would never, ever put on his bike. It will be viewed by the roadies as the mark of a purely recreational "Sam six-pack" on a funny "encumbent" bike. Second, for the maximum effect and satisfaction you'll enjoy from using this technique, you need to be able to see the pack after you have taken the lead.

3. Once you have passed the group, DO NOT get too far ahead of them. You must slow a bit and let them sense your feigned 'struggle' at matching their superior pace. If they want to chase you, and believe me they will, you will see the lead guy get up off his saddle and look back to the other riders.

4. When they start to catch your rear wheel, increase the pace slightly. The idea is to continue to increase the pace such that they are always working a little harder at catching your rear wheel.

5. When it is clear that they can no longer stay on your wheel, put the hammer down. Ramp up your power to the high 200's, low 300 watts area and watch the devastation in your wake. For maximum destruction, the roadies must be tiny specs in your rear view mirror in less that one minute, and you must be out of visual sight within 2 minutes max.

B. "FUNNY BIKE" BAIT

In this technique, you wait for the roadies to find you rather than the other way around.

1. Ride very slowly and wobble from one side of the shoulder to the other. You can sing along with your music or eat a baloney sandwich.

2. Watch your rear view mirror and wait until a roadie approaches from behind.

3. Let him pass you. Make sure you say "Hi there! Nice day for a bike ride". If he replies, it will be short, but he will probably ignore you. If the roadie greets you first, then you might want to consider canceling the hunt. This rarely ever happens though, so don't worry.

OPTIONAL FULL DEPLOY: Don't say anything to the roadie when he passes. If he says nothing at all to you, and looks to his left as he passes you to avoid any kind of eye contact with you or your funny contraption, then you can FULLY DEPLOY on him. As soon as he pulls in front of you, pass him and unleash. Drop him as fast as humanly possible. We are going for full-out humiliation here, so don't hold back. If you choose to exhibit the finger as you blow by, be sure that you can fulfill on your intentions.

4. Lead for a while and then let him take the lead. This will certainly annoy the roadie. The thought that he is running a little duet pace-line with a recumbent bike will sicken him, and he will surely pick up the pace in order to drop you and show his superiority.

5. Continue the cat and mouse chase until speeds have reached his maximum. Then pull up beside him and say "You want to go? Let's go!" And then leave him for good. If you can, 250 to 300 watts for the next 20 minutes should give you enough time to be crumpling the wrapper of your subway sandwich by the time he arrives at the strip mall.

Happy hunting!
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Old 08-06-06, 12:11 AM
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Again, my question is why?

So much effort to piss some stranger on the road? Whoever's stupid enough to do this needs serious therapy.
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Old 08-06-06, 12:29 AM
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I didn't realize there was a name for this but hunting may work. I use method C... Ride behind the last guy/gal for their entire pack. They always seem to pick up the pace when the lead rider knows you are back there. Being on a trike, I always get the "far back" stare when they look to see where they lost me. Then a glance downward when they realize I'm right there on their heels. Always comes with a snarl or a flat smile. I just be sure to say "Howdy" at just the right moment.

Definitely not going out of my way for this... It's just fun to ride with a group, even if your not invited
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Old 08-06-06, 12:39 AM
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just don't ride your goofy, mirror laden, lawn furniture with wheels anywhere near a hill or you're toast.
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Old 08-06-06, 04:47 AM
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Soooooooo,

I can't day I've ever seen this happen. . .Maybe because their beards would get stuck in our spokes when they "fully deploy". . .
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Old 08-06-06, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by brianappleby
just don't ride your goofy, mirror laden, lawn furniture with wheels anywhere near a hill or you're toast.
+1. I've had a couple recumbents pass me on flats like I was standing still, but I have yet to see one that can climb worth a damn.
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Old 08-06-06, 05:14 AM
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recumbent = hammock on wheels
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Old 08-06-06, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by shakeNbake
Again, my question is why?

So much effort to piss some stranger on the road? Whoever's stupid enough to do this needs serious therapy.
Dude, If I were out on the roads riding a friggin' lawn chair I'd probably feel the need to prove something too.
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Every, single person I've seen riding a recument has greying hair and a gut. Most of the time they are some kind of professor at my school by the looks of it. The only exception to this rule was my Caculus teacher, who was ~27 years old, 6 foot tall, blonde, and in great shape. She could definitely have been a model with that build. I enjoyed that class all through the winter. Then one day she wore shorts... Her legs were about as hairy as mine have ever been (never mind that I shave them now). Then a week or so later she wore a sleeveless shirt and I saw her unshaven pits. Jesus christ. She was fast on her recumbent though.

However, there are too many hills around here for a 'bent to be faster than a DF unless you were very picky to pick a course that avoided all hills.
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Old 08-06-06, 12:32 PM
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Holy crap. I know -- I hope -- that piece was written in good humor, but I get so tired of the bike "classes" hammering on each other. Fixies hate rodies who hate recumbies (Heh!) who hate rodies that hate fixies.

C'mon, aren't they all bikes?

I think recumbents are cool. I'd like to get one, but the practicality puts me off -- I'd only be able to use it for dedicated trail rides. There's no WAY I'd ride one in traffic.
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Originally Posted by iamtim
There's no WAY I'd ride one in traffic.
Except with one of those little orange flags, and that's just a whole new dimension.
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Originally Posted by Shaman
I didn't realize there was a name for this but hunting may work. I use method C... Ride behind the last guy/gal for their entire pack. They always seem to pick up the pace when the lead rider knows you are back there. Being on a trike, I always get the "far back" stare when they look to see where they lost me. Then a glance downward when they realize I'm right there on their heels. Always comes with a snarl or a flat smile. I just be sure to say "Howdy" at just the right moment.

Definitely not going out of my way for this... It's just fun to ride with a group, even if your not invited
"Real" cyclists out on the road either A) ask to ride with fellow cyclists, or B) stay far enough back or pass. If I get some clueless wheelsucker on my rear without asking, they get dropped in one way or another. Whenever I come across a fellow cyclist, I do not sit behind them, I give a friendly "hello" and pass (and if they're going faster than me, I let them by and keep at my pace). Many times it's not about who's "more macho", but rather about safety....if I don't know you from a hole in the wall, how to I know that you (or someone else) can actually ride without killing me or anyone else? I know if I saw some dude on a lounge chair with wheels behind me, I would not like them on my wheel......because in addition to not knowing them, it would also be a bit harder to see them.
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Old 08-06-06, 12:53 PM
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We have a guy in our Thur group ride that has one. When the hammer drops he's always at the front setting pace until the the climbs. Still he does pretty well on them and makes it back on flats to catch us. It's fun as all get out to draft him on long stretches.
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Old 08-06-06, 01:00 PM
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I don't understand this animosity between the two groups. I see bents all the time. Usually I'm moving faster but thats no big deal. I figure they're just out enjoying a ride. I usually stop and chit chat and then move on. Yeah, maybe they're considered "odd" professor types but whatever - to each his own. If they enjoy a bent more power to 'em.
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I think the point to remember is that the fact that we're all out there turning the pedals should be a unifying thing. The whole idea that a recumbent rider is trying to exert some kind of superiority because his bike is faster on the flats/downhills is ridiculous. They take less effort to propel faster. If the guy wants to trade bikes with me and display his prowess, that's another thing.

When my fiancee and I go out on the tandem, we can haul some serious a$$ on the flats and downhills too, but once the road turns up it's like a tractor trailer going up a mountain. Put the blinkers on and move right... The fact that we can fairly effortlessly reach highway speed on the way back down doesn't make us UCI pros.

I don't get why people have to try to pretend that their bike makes them something they're not. Enjoy the scenery, take in some sunshine, and don't make it a "my-bike-is-better-than-yours" pissing contest.
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I found it funny, as intended. Note that the writer does mention aborting hostilities if/when the "prey" exhibits friendly behavior, implying that only the arrogant snob types are actively "hunted".
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And motorcyclists stratify between racing bikes, tourers, cruisers... You ought to hear THOSE rants!
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And motorcyclists stratify between racing bikes, tourers, cruisers... You ought to hear THOSE rants!
Oh, don't get me started on the squids!
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Originally Posted by Serpico
recumbent = hammock on wheels
Dude I choked on my water when I read that.
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I don't think that there are many, if any at all, recumbent riders that could catch and drop a real roadie. That said, I think the article was pretty funny. Also, if someone on a recumbent successfully pulls this off, I would love to be there to see it (even if I was the roadie being dropped).
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Originally Posted by daytonian
We have a guy in our Thur group ride that has one. When the hammer drops he's always at the front setting pace until the the climbs. Still he does pretty well on them and makes it back on flats to catch us. It's fun as all get out to draft him on long stretches.
How do you draft a recumbent? I'm serious. There can't be a whole lot of draft off a recumbent.

BTW, by no means do I "hate" recumbents. So long as you're riding on two wheels under leg power and you aren't doing anything stupid that endangers me, you're cool. One of the sweetest-looking rides I've ever seen was a tandem recumbent, where the rear rider was facing backwards. It makes it easy to hold a conversation!
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Everyone should be like me and just hate ALL people on bikes! Damn free-ride, roadie, recumbent, single speed, BMX, folder jerks! GRRRR


















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May be fun but never worked for me even when I could crank out 300 to 400 watts. Back then my trike had a full fairing that was a bit heavy. Your Aunt Tilly could pass me going up hills. Down the other side Chris Boardman could not catch me.

The fairing was advanced for the 1980s. When I got up to speed people complained that they could not get a draft off of me. An unfaired recumbent with the riders' torso in a nearly upright position might have around 70% of the drag of a standard bike. Definately draftable.

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I knew 1 guy who could climb fairly well on a bent, but he never did any of the big climbing rides with us. It seems rare that you see a young person on one. Another guy in our club actually converted the other way and got a 6-13 after riding bents for years. When you draft the higher bents it's kind of like drafting a 5 foot tall woman, you can feel it on your legs, (well, I am 6'2" and sit up kinda high).
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