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Old 07-14-20, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by kissTheApex View Post
MUPs are full of “interesting” people.

my afternoon commute starts on a MUP (the same one that got “famous” about a month ago ) that goes on a steady 1-to-2% climb for about 7 miles. Right at the start, I feel a “presence” behind me and find someone sucking at my wheel, less than a foot behind my fenders. Mind you, I’m on my commuter, with two full pannier bags, and I don’t wear a mask to boot. I slow down a little, and the guy immediately jumps ahead, does the same thing to another commuter I was closing on. The guy is on an aero bike, full aero kit down to his blue shoe covers. He tucks in, gets aero and practices his drafting skills, on a MUP, full of runners, walkers, evening commuters, going up hill.

I lost sight of him after about two miles, but during that time I saw him “drafting” two other commuters, a hipster on a steel bike blaring music from his phone, and a gentleman of mature ages within the time I was trailing him.

what kind of a ****** up delusional mind do you need to have to think that practicing your drafting skills on unsuspecting strangers on a MUP I wonder?

sorry, rant over.
No idea. When I go out I want the maximum pain in the time I have. Hence heavy and slow everything (other than wheels to keep in wind practice), and I will seek to pass everyone. And when the tri boys go by, I just let them.
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Old 07-14-20, 05:00 PM
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Hell if the R2 weren't a gift I'd replace it (at least for this purpose) with a Soma Smoothie. With the steel fork. And I'd be all about a drag jersey with little streamers hanging off.
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Old 07-14-20, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
I hate that trail for that reason.
It deserves the hate. My other option is the rock creek trail (which is actually a little shorter), but it is standing room only in the afternoons since the lockdown, and also I’m not in a rush, so I can take the minimally longer route in the afternoon...
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Old 07-14-20, 05:33 PM
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I had two people ask me today which bike trail I like the best.

Answer: none of the above.

They were shocked, SHOCKED to hear that a serious cyclist stays away from bike trails.
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I had two people ask me today which bike trail I like the best.

Answer: none of the above.

They were shocked, SHOCKED to hear that a serious cyclist stays away from bike trails.
Stopped for a beer last week and the server asked where we'd come from and then followed that up with a quizzical look and, "is there a bike path between here and there?" No. No, there is not.
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old yeller had rabies.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I had two people ask me today which bike trail I like the best.

Answer: none of the above.

They were shocked, SHOCKED to hear that a serious cyclist stays away from bike trails.
I rode on a bike trail today, I kind of hate it most times but it's pretty quiet and I was in a dont-want-to-get-kitted-up mood but still wanted to ride a bit.

Thankfully your post earlier reminded me that it was Bastille day, so of course I had to take the French fixed gear and infiltrate the local gated community. That trail has an access point to get inside the gates.

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Sounds like I'm not a serious cyclist.

I suppose we knew that.
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Old 07-14-20, 06:19 PM
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Old 07-14-20, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I had two people ask me today which bike trail I like the best.

Answer: none of the above.

They were shocked, SHOCKED to hear that a serious cyclist stays away from bike trails.
Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
I rode on a bike trail today, I kind of hate it most times but it's pretty quiet and I was in a dont-want-to-get-kitted-up mood but still wanted to ride a bit.

Thankfully your post earlier reminded me that it was Bastille day, so of course I had to take the French fixed gear and infiltrate the local gated community. That trail has an access point to get inside the gates.
How do you say Kudos in French? Les kudos?
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Old 07-14-20, 06:45 PM
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Speaking of MUP's, I saw this on my way to the MUP after work. I am guessing 1964 but the old timers can chime in.
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Old 07-14-20, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by kissTheApex View Post
MUPs are full of “interesting” people.

my afternoon commute starts on a MUP (the same one that got “famous” about a month ago ) that goes on a steady 1-to-2% climb for about 7 miles. Right at the start, I feel a “presence” behind me and find someone sucking at my wheel, less than a foot behind my fenders. Mind you, I’m on my commuter, with two full pannier bags, and I don’t wear a mask to boot. I slow down a little, and the guy immediately jumps ahead, does the same thing to another commuter I was closing on. The guy is on an aero bike, full aero kit down to his blue shoe covers. He tucks in, gets aero and practices his drafting skills, on a MUP, full of runners, walkers, evening commuters, going up hill.

I lost sight of him after about two miles, but during that time I saw him “drafting” two other commuters, a hipster on a steel bike blaring music from his phone, and a gentleman of mature ages within the time I was trailing him.

what kind of a ****** up delusional mind do you need to have to think that practicing your drafting skills on unsuspecting strangers on a MUP is OK, I wonder?

sorry, rant over.
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I am guessing 1964 but the old timers can chime in.
You already did.
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Old 07-14-20, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
Speaking of MUP's, I saw this on my way to the MUP after work. I am guessing 1964 but the old timers can chime in.
!964, 65, and 66 are very similar with the only external difference being to position of the "10" emblem. I had a 65 which I bought when I was 19 and I drove it for 19 years. 292 straight 6, 3 on the tree with electrically controlled overdrive and aftermarket A/C. Best car ever. Sold it with 300,000 miles on it for more than I paid for it.
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Now I'm eating garden squash and listening to '70s music.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
Speaking of MUP's, I saw this on my way to the MUP after work. I am guessing 1964 but the old timers can chime in.
Seems to be.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Now I'm eating garden squash and listening to '70s music.
Which century?
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Which century?
The prior.

Why doesn't @DougRNS post music like this?

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
The prior.

Why doesn't @DougRNS post music like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV0H4J3cFRs
I'm surprised you like that. It doesn't have a Fluglehorn.
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I'm surprised you like that. It doesn't have a Fluglehorn.
A quick FYI

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So they're basically the same instrument. Thanks for telling me something I already knew.
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So they're basically the same instrument. Thanks for telling me something I already knew.
SMH
And I basically ride a fatbike.
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And I basically ride a fatbike.
Basically
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And I basically ride a fatbike.
what Jones said.
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Metaphor sails right past area poster.
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