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Old 04-05-05, 02:11 PM
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I find it amusing when I read....

a post where someone talks about dropping another rider. Such as the reply in the Overrated thread:
"but the poseurs that ride litespeeds around think their king sh*t just cuz they got a purty light, very expensive bike do look funny when i pass them on a hill with my fixie."

Am I the only one that likes to take it easy from time to time, or that actually gets a little tired on the ride home? Dropping some dude/dudette you run into and don't even know is no accomplishment. You have no idea if they are racing, are on the way back from a century, or sick even. But people still have the gall to assume they are king for dropping some anonymous identity on a bike.

Just thought I'd rant a little. I read phrases like this on here so often it's beyond annoying.

Plus I just bought a Litespeed frame.....
heh.
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LOL, I know what you mean. I did 65 miles on Sunday, and finished with a fairly long, slow climb to my house, just taking it easy. A guy went by me kinda plain clothes, no helmet there near the end, and I could see from the nature of his grin he was feeling pretty cocky about it. I've probably been in the same situation too, though, but tables turned . . .
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Totally agree. The only time you drop someone is if you start out with them in a race or competetive ride.

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Originally Posted by larue
a post where someone talks about dropping another rider. Such as the reply in the Overrated thread:
"but the poseurs that ride litespeeds around think their king sh*t just cuz they got a purty light, very expensive bike do look funny when i pass them on a hill with my fixie."

Am I the only one that likes to take it easy from time to time, or that actually gets a little tired on the ride home? Dropping some dude/dudette you run into and don't even know is no accomplishment. You have no idea if they are racing, are on the way back from a century, or sick even. But people still have the gall to assume they are king for dropping some anonymous identity on a bike.

Just thought I'd rant a little. I read phrases like this on here so often it's beyond annoying.

Plus I just bought a Litespeed frame.....
heh.
too funny! I was out riding pulling my two kids in a trailer and some guy pulled pass me and about 100 feet later, he yells: beat ya!
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Thread sidetrack... (sorry, but its related)

There are not many cyclists on the road round here and I like to be sociable and friendly to others. How do you pass someone and say hi in a friendly way without coming across like your gloating. Not saying anything can also come across like you got yer head up yer

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There is some sort of gene in us....we can't help it. Something kicks in and it happens. Some of us have it worse than others, but we all have it to some degree.
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Thread sidetrack... (sorry, but its related)

There are not many cyclists on the road round here and I like to be sociable and friendly to others. How do you pass someone and say hi in a friendly way without coming across like your gloating. Not saying anything can also come across like you got yer head up yer

Al
"How's it goin'" usually works just fine. Also "where ya headin'?" does the trick.
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I get dropped bad after cycling offroad..and I ride a mtd with knobbies. I ride to my offroad sites usually.

Sometimes I'm so tired I don't even react to smiles or nods from other cyclists.

By the time I react they have passed. I'm pretty zoned on traffic breath, stroke. I smile or nod if I can.

Fresh..it's fun. I chase road bikes, damn your skinny tires to taco hell!
Oh, ya I guess my max 38 to 11 gearing has to do with getting dropped.

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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
There is some sort of gene in us....we can't help it. Something kicks in and it happens. Some of us have it worse than others, but we all have it to some degree.
I have nothing of the sort. I am a recreational road cyclist. I have no desires to race. I may want to go on some charity rides and, perhaps, join a local club. Today I passed a cyclist going against traffic. He waved and I waved back...no remarks about his direction or anything else. I also passed a few other cyclidts who were clearly out for a leisurely ride (actually I was out for that too). This was our second nice day in a row here in NJ, and it was just nice to see others out. I also got passed by some guy on an old Rustbucket....I heard him coming long before I saw him. I was just pedaling in from my ride and said "hi" as he passed. He returned the hello and I turned off at the next corner to head home.

I have no need for snobbery or egotism when I am out riding. I refuse to forget that I am out for MY OWN fun and exercise. If someone sees me on my new Lemond and wants to pass me and/or call me a "poseur" and if that makes them feel better, so be it. I do not care.

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Originally Posted by larue
a post where someone talks about dropping another rider. Such as the reply in the Overrated thread:
"but the poseurs that ride litespeeds around think their king sh*t just cuz they got a purty light, very expensive bike do look funny when i pass them on a hill with my fixie."

Am I the only one that likes to take it easy from time to time, or that actually gets a little tired on the ride home? Dropping some dude/dudette you run into and don't even know is no accomplishment. You have no idea if they are racing, are on the way back from a century, or sick even. But people still have the gall to assume they are king for dropping some anonymous identity on a bike.

Just thought I'd rant a little. I read phrases like this on here so often it's beyond annoying.

Plus I just bought a Litespeed frame.....
heh.
Amen. I'm as competitive as they come, but I never understand how great people feel about dropping a total stranger. And I'm confused how he/she would know that the Litespeed guy thought he was king s**t. Lot of people with a lot of anger and insecurity out there.

Now dropping a friend, well that's another story
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for every one who posts those messages there is always another rider on the road that can smoke them and drop them like they were standing..

Riders come in different levels.. that is life! some people ride for fun, some for competition, some are dedicated and some are more loose, some "train" and other just "ride"...
Only a child would assume that if they passed someone on a fancy bike, it makes them a better person. All it makes them is a better bike rider, and if they feel like "I dropped the poser" it makes them a better rider and big jerk..
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a few weeks ago i did 75 miles and was coming home pretty tired. this guy obviously saw me dragging along and i knew he picked up speed just to pass me with authority. my gut instinct was: "man, if i hadn't just ridden 75 miles i would smoke that guy".

then i realized how silly BOTH of us were and i continued to happily drag myself home.
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I ride a Litespeed - I am King S**t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, now you can drop me and feel reeeeeeeeeaaaallll good.
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Originally Posted by sorebutt
All it makes them is a better bike rider, and if they feel like "I dropped the poser" it makes them a better rider and big jerk..
Well actually the point I was trying to make is how can you possibly know you are a better rider by passing someone when you have no way of knowing the details of that persons ride?
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What I really like are the guys who blast by me with a silly grin on their face, then turn off the road a 100 yards away - probably to catch their breath!
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Originally Posted by noisebeam
Thread sidetrack... (sorry, but its related)

There are not many cyclists on the road round here and I like to be sociable and friendly to others. How do you pass someone and say hi in a friendly way without coming across like your gloating. Not saying anything can also come across like you got yer head up yer

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I have the opposite problem here - there are so many on the road that you're always passing/getting passed, and it's always uncomfortable. The worst is getting passed by someone who slows down and then you wind up playing leapfrog for the next 20 minutes, so half the time I wind up slowing down or changing my route. When passing, if I can, I like to grunt a few 'hello, how you doins" then move on.
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Originally Posted by larue
a post where someone talks about dropping another rider. Such as the reply in the Overrated thread:
"but the poseurs that ride litespeeds around think their king sh*t just cuz they got a purty light, very expensive bike do look funny when i pass them on a hill with my fixie."

Am I the only one that likes to take it easy from time to time, or that actually gets a little tired on the ride home? Dropping some dude/dudette you run into and don't even know is no accomplishment. You have no idea if they are racing, are on the way back from a century, or sick even. But people still have the gall to assume they are king for dropping some anonymous identity on a bike.

Just thought I'd rant a little. I read phrases like this on here so often it's beyond annoying.

Plus I just bought a Litespeed frame.....
heh.
Awe the'yre just jealous of your bike...
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
a few weeks ago i did 75 miles and was coming home pretty tired. this guy obviously saw me dragging along and i knew he picked up speed just to pass me with authority. my gut instinct was: "man, if i hadn't just ridden 75 miles i would smoke that guy".

then i realized how silly BOTH of us were and i continued to happily drag myself home.
TIMM....right! See...that gene in us wanted to come out, but you fought it off! My point is that I think a large percentage of us would have that same initial reaction!

I too often find it a bit strange when passing someone that is riding pretty hard. I've made an effort to close the gap, then find I will pass him. Happened to me today...twice....the same guy. He must have taken a different route back, and I ended up behind him about six miles later for a second time.

First pass, I said nothing...not to be a snob, but because I don't know what is proper here.

Second pass....looked over and said "hey" and he said "hey" back. I didn't even mention anything about him not wearing a helmet!
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Originally Posted by larue
Well actually the point I was trying to make is how can you possibly know you are a better rider by passing someone when you have no way of knowing the details of that persons ride?
Yes you are right, of course... but it still makes em a jerk..
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there is always a bigger fish...

that said, if your in front of me, you're the carrot, and if you're on the drops, I'll catch you
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How about when the old guy picks you out to race against and he takes off on you and for a moment he is 27 again.
I think that it's all in the mind as a indoor cycling class. Feel free take off and attack and attack again when you cross the line you have an interview with Bob Roll -where ever that line is.
I have a riding partner that I race against he makes a foreward move and then I will -each of us not trying to show we are sucking wind while the other catches up. Some days its my day some days it's his.
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I usually get dropped when I ride with others...it seems I'm the only one who stops for stop light/signs...
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Did anybody read the inside back page of Bicycling magazine this month?

This guy is out riding and sees a guy on a Madone in USPS kit, thinks he must be some big poseur. In any case, it turns out he's Lance, and they have an excellent 15 mile ride back to NYC together. Just goes to show that just cause you can catch up with someone doesn't mean you're faster
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