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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:05 pm    Post subject: Meeting other cyclists on the road  Reply with quote

this just gives me a boast

to meet another cyclist going in the opposite direction (you don't really have to prove anything if in the opposite direction to you)

it's personal satisfaction to know that someone else has got up early-ish on a sunday morning to go out on the bike

i do find boasted performances, definately just psychological rather then anything physical but it is good to meet other guys and gals on the bike.

today i met a guy and he raised his hand in salute and gave me a hardy "how you doing" i had to salute back

and his welcome gave me a boast

am i spelling boast right or should it be boost?

i've done that before in an english essay at school. i got it back and all my mistake with the one word were marked. me and the girl i sat beside michelle were amazed at how many times i misspelt the word.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i avoid them totally... 99 % they are hacks, so i sprint away from them..does work....ciao
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you catch them up they're too slow, if they overtake you they're too fast.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thunderthighs wrote:
i avoid them totally... 99 % they are hacks, so i sprint away from them..does work....ciao


what do you mean by hack?

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If you catch them up they're too slow, if they overtake you they're too fast.


part of the reason i specified "in the opposite direction"[/list]
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love meeting other riders on the road.  And the times I like the most are when you come spinning up on them and say "passing left" but they don't hear you because they're mashing to Justin Bieber on their iPhone which is strapped to their upper arm like some kind of medical device.  So when you come by them they give out a little surprised squeal and their bike wobbles a bit.  So you smile to yourself as you cruise away from them listening to their chain rattle and skip because they didn't fully shift and they don't know it because Coldplay is now describing what it's like to sweep the streets after having been king of the world.  And you motor on with that silly image in your head for about a mile when suddenly they come past you with their head down, buffing and wheezing for all their worth because they feel that getting passed is some sort of insult to their manliness.  So I go, OH Yeah?! and lower my hands to the bar drops, stand and crank like it all means something and forgetting that I promised myself I was going to start slow and then do that big SOB climb this time.  And I go rocketing past em like I'm some Robobank rider and they're Lance Armstrong in the Amstel Gold.  And my lungs are burning like I'm breathing pepper spray and the tendinitis in my right knee is doing it's best to take my mind off my ringing in my ears but my god I am away.  And then just before I sit up and look over my shoulder to enjoy the sight of them getting smaller in the distance they come blasting ass past me with a rocket strapped to their back that says ACME.  But they miss the next turn and go shooting off into the air and crash right into the side of a limestone cliff.  And I just laugh as I go by and yell BEEP BEEP M*ther F*cker!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing very good .... I think we've all been there!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My rules of the road...

I always greet cyclists coming the other way. If they ignore me, then they're either tired or miserable g*ts, both of which are understandable conditions, so I pass no judgement.

If someone overtakes me - a surprisingly rare event, given my lack of aptitude - I tuck in if I can, then when we approach a roundabout, pull alongside and ask which way the other rider is going. Irrespective of their answer I always respond that I am going another way, which I do, so I can then get my breath back without being exposed as a blagger. Smile

If I overtake someone then I issue a cheery greeting and magnanimously lend them my "wind shadow" should they wish to wheelsuck. This invariably results in them re-taking me so I end up in the roundabout scenario above.

If someone is riding a flash carbon bike and replica kit then I usually try and push them into a ditch because they deserve it. If they can't go fast enough to evade me in such circumstances then they shouldn't be on such a flash bike. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TT's rules of the rode - Whens I pass th em I tell them that they do garbage miles and should be pushing a 54 and that they are homos
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean you don't push at least a 54 already, Bart?

We are talking gear inches here rather than front cogs, I take it. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Homos?  With all the delightful names one can conjure up, you can only think up that one?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My rules of the road are to say a cheery bonjour or salut or allez to every single person on any kind of bike who I see.  Bonjour for most, but allez or salut to the serious guys on flash bikes.  Hardly ever get passed on our roads, but if I do and they keep going fast, I let them go.  If they slow a little, I try to chat.  I guess I am probably a cyclotourist at heart.  I can't remember thinking badly of anyone for ages.  I guess if they totally ignore my greeting,which is usually only guys on flash bikes, then I think they are socially deficient for a moment.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
TT's rules of the rode - Whens I pass th em I tell them that they do garbage miles and should be pushing a 54 and that they are homos


Laughing

noding an waveing maykes u gaye. chow.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've got to like a TT machine made out of a conventional bike and a circular saw!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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TT's rules of the rode - Whens I pass th em I tell them that they do garbage miles and should be pushing a 54 and that they are homos


Laughing

noding an waveing maykes u gaye. chow.


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Thank god you got it ... I think FF thinks I'm homophobic!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
Thank god you got it ... I think FF thinks I'm homophobic!


Don't worry, Bart. Serious cyclists would be most offended by the inference that they can't churn big enough gears or the accusation of poor training. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll give a wave or say hello if I meet another cyclist. I'm surprised at the number of people who do this during TT's. Or maybe thats just the good folks that I race against.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ralphnorman wrote:
What size is that chain ring maffy?


nik bowdler's 2008 BBAR bike. 77t, 165mm cranks.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant to write this ages ago.  I was recently riding up a valley in the Cevennes, and down too, and noted maybe 20 cyclists that morning.  I very minor valley, not a popular one.  I was on my road bike, kitted out with my club lycra, and met many others going the other direction.  I was actually quite struck by how many did not respond to a friendly Salut.  I was a bit bothered by that.  Probably only three returned the greeting and only one got in a greeting before I did.  It was the only negative aspect of the ride.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ff, were they struggling uphill at the time? I would probably struggle an acknowledgement if I was suffering on a climb, especially if the other person was free-wheeling downhill at the time!!!!  Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had an enjoyable cycle today, by meeting the same 3 cyclists several times Smile

the first meeting was at a cross road just down from my house when i had just started. they were stopped at it.

one of the three passed me on the heading on that road coming up to the big hill. the second guy passed me during the big hill. i did pass the second guy but that doesn't count. he was stopped waiting

i then went on and turned as usual where i met the first guy again. he was stopped at a crossroads waiting for the other 2. i did stop for a few minutes talking and then the other 2 guys came. i headed on my way. the first guy passed me again coming close to the cross, shouting encouragement while just as i was turning at the cross that i turn to head home (practically downhilll), i mean the second guy

enjoyable cycle, helped very much by interaction


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