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Weird "side effect" to a first time ride

Old 04-28-09, 12:43 AM
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Weird "side effect" to a first time ride

I went out biking "for real" this past Sunday (i.e. not just around the block) for the first time on a road bike and was really surprised at how much more each tiny road bump on the road shaked the bike compared to riding on a mountain bike. So I learned to watch the road careful and avoid each crack, bump and pothole. After doing this for several hours, when I went back to my car for my drive home, for the first 5 min, I would unconsciously steer my car away from the little bumps on the road! The cars following me must have thought I was drunk or something
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Old 04-28-09, 01:14 AM
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That's a good one! Reminds me of the days when I used to own a Corvette. I tried to avoid any little bump or crack in the road since the car would shake really bad...
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Old 04-28-09, 01:32 AM
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Sometimes I get on my bike, and it just doesn't feel right not to have a seatbelt. Then I get in my car, and it doesn't feel right not to have a helmet.
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Originally Posted by g3ck0 View Post
I went out biking "for real" this past Sunday (i.e. not just around the block) for the first time on a road bike and was really surprised at how much more each tiny road bump on the road shaked the bike compared to riding on a mountain bike. So I learned to watch the road careful and avoid each crack, bump and pothole. After doing this for several hours, when I went back to my car for my drive home, for the first 5 min, I would unconsciously steer my car away from the little bumps on the road! The cars following me must have thought I was drunk or something
...and the next step for you will be when you realize that some road bikes are *much* better at handling the bumps, and you'll be out test riding new bikes to find the "perfect" one...

...and trying to fit a bigger tire on your road bike. A lot of people say (and it's been fairly true in my experience so far) that a 28c tire has a smoother ride but no noticeable speed difference vs a 25c or the standard 23c tire that comes on your road bike. 'course, I'm not 100% certain as I haven't switched tire sizes on my high end bike...

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Old 04-28-09, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
Sometimes I get on my bike, and it just doesn't feel right not to have a seatbelt. Then I get in my car, and it doesn't feel right not to have a helmet.
Hahahaha! The other day I was walking down the hall at work and something didn't feel right. Realized I wasn't wearing a helmet and I was passing under an air vent. Lol - well, that's silly... hehe
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Just don't start drafting, OK?
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Just don't start drafting, OK?
Ohhhhhhh ..... maybe all the drivers around here are cyclists used to pacelines!!!
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I was watching a running race yesterday and I asked my dad if people drafted each other when running.
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I was watching a running race yesterday and I asked my dad if people drafted each other when running.
haha this reminded me of the Fun Run episode of the US version of The Office! Good stuff.
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I draft trucks on occasion, * and haven't had a problem.

does not constitute a recommendation to draft trucks
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Originally Posted by paulrivers View Post
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...and trying to fit a bigger tire on your road bike. a lot of people say (and it's been fairly true in my experience so far) that a 28c tire has a smoother ride but no noticeable speed difference vs a 25c or the standard 23c tire that comes on your road bike.
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Sometimes when I'm driving I try to point out potholes to the cars behind me. It doesn't really work. I also raise myself off the seat when I drive over speedbumps.
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post

...and trying to fit a bigger tire on your road bike. A lot of people say (and it's been fairly true in my experience so far) that a 28c tire has a smoother ride but no noticeable speed difference vs a 25c or the standard 23c tire that comes on your road bike. 'course, I'm not 100% certain as I haven't switched tire sizes on my high end bike...
That's been the experience of my wife on her Trek 7.5 FX. I'm not a fan of the flat bars but that is a fast bike. And if it didn't have those wider, more comfortable tires I don't think I'd ever get her to ride.
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Originally Posted by DocM View Post
Sometimes when I'm driving I try to point out potholes to the cars behind me. It doesn't really work. I also raise myself off the seat when I drive over speedbumps.
Anyone look in the mirror and think "Car Back!"?
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After riding fixed since october driving has become a new experience. I had to go across town to pickup a cl bike and while on the freeway I found myself slowing and making room just like I would during my commute. This is the way I think I've always driven, not very aggressive, but it seemed more pronounced to me tonight. I was in no hurry and just maintained a smooth flow.

I can just see the driver in front of me pointing out road hazards... thats beautiful...
And banging knuckles on the glass...lol
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