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Do any of you road bikers ride messenger style??

Old 11-24-07, 05:59 PM
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Do any of you road bikers ride messenger style??

OR DO YOU JUST HAVE A PACELINE?
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Old 11-24-07, 06:09 PM
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I'm usually so far off the back I look like I dropped the next paceline.
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what is "messenger style?" no brakes?
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Originally Posted by scotch View Post
what is "messenger style?" no brakes?
Or no money?
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Old 11-24-07, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by scotch View Post
what is "messenger style?" no brakes?
From what I've seen "Messenger Style" == Insanity
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Originally Posted by CharlieWoo View Post
From what I've seen "Messenger Style" == Insanity
^He's got it right. BTW, I tried a wheelie on my street and hit a patch of ice
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Old 11-24-07, 06:52 PM
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Depends on where I'm riding. Sometimes I do my sprints downtown so I can mix it up with a lot of cars. I ride more like a messenger on those days than like a club cyclist...
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Old 11-24-07, 06:52 PM
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I just ride, not really worried about "style".

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I ride Randonneuring style.
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I ride Randonneuring style.
Explain?
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Explain?
very long and very slow
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I just ride, not really worried about "style".
Get out. Now.
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Explain?
Very long distances at a pace greater than 15 km/h including all breaks in order to finish my rides within certain time periods. Often solo or with a small group. See my website my signature line below ...

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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
OR DO YOU JUST HAVE A PACELINE?
Messenger style = hipster who rides a fixed gear yet doesn't have the balls to take it to the track.
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Old 11-24-07, 09:13 PM
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like bruce lee, the ultimate style will be one you make your own. i ride one day on my cf road bike in lycra and the next on my fixed gear in casual clothes and a bag. i might ride singletrack on my cross bike the next day, or do a century on my fixed gear in full kit. sometimes i commute on my LOOK 565.
all i know is the answer is always RIDE MORE.
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Old 11-24-07, 09:29 PM
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Looks like a good time to resurrect this clip.

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Looks like a good time to resurrect this clip.

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Thats what inspired me to ride like that!
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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
Thats what inspired me to ride like that!
God help us if those guys ever take up field sprinting. They'll make The Terror of Tashkent, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov look like a pansy. I'm not so worried about their bike handling skills as much as the carnage that would ensue behind.
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If my ride (commute or recreation/training) including downtown on my ride, yes (and even then conservatively). For example, if a car turning left in front of me is held up by a pedestrian, I'll swerve around the car and in between the pedestrians. Downtown traffic is slow enough and packed enough for stuff like that to be safe.

If it's anywhere else, I ride vehicularly--it's safer and I get more speed.
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WTH? *scratches head*

I ride in a straight line whether I am riding my fixie or my geared bike.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
WTH? *scratches head*

I ride in a straight line whether I am riding my fixie or my geared bike.
You don't swerve around cars?
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You don't swerve around cars?
No ... why would I?
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I rode 3.5 hours of fixed gear today. Mostly flat out towards Santa Babera... along the coast. No messenger bags or pace groups required.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
Messenger style = hipster who rides a fixed gear yet doesn't have the balls to take it to the track.
Dude, these guys have balls to spare and then some.
Not advocating it but it is what they do and do it well.
Call it insane, whatever, no need for a track as that would be sooo mundane for them.
Hats off to anyone who can ride like that.
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