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Gaining 4mph Without Fitness

Old 07-30-19, 09:15 AM
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Bonus points for the troll post ending at solo speeds of 19mph
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Old 07-30-19, 09:34 AM
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Now I blow by the clowns in the peloton with their dumb time trial bikes and helmets and matching jerseys. Yeah, my endurance bike just spit gravel in your face. My wife won’t even ride with me anymore because I’m miles ahead in a matter of minutes.
This could be a festive parade he was riding in. Maybe he was actually passing clowns riding clown bikes. It could be why he thinks 19 or 20 solo is really fast. Maybe the circus was in town rolling down Main .
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Old 07-30-19, 09:36 AM
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Genius OP. So much troll in one place it's hard to know where to focus. Therefore...genius!


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Old 07-30-19, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by MattTheHat View Post
Genius OP. So much troll in one place it's hard to know where to focus. Therefore...genius!


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I'd like to see what he does to top this one.
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Old 07-30-19, 10:49 AM
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I'm dying. This is the funniest thing since that kid who'd dial up 400w.
I just wasted a good amount of time reading the relevant forum topics related to this quote. Thanks!
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Old 07-30-19, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I'd like to see what he does to top this one.
That's the problem when you hit a grand slam your first time at bat, no where to go but down.
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Old 07-30-19, 11:03 AM
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I thought RyanF had left a long time ago?
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Old 07-30-19, 11:11 AM
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Tread lightly fellas, in case you didn't recognize the OP's name, this is who you're messing with (NSFW language):
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Old 07-30-19, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I'd like to see what he does to top this one.
I don't think he needs to. I think he won the internets.


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Old 07-30-19, 11:22 AM
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You can gain even more speed by leaving the map at home:

https://www.bikeforums.net/general-c...n-guy-map.html
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Old 07-30-19, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by 69chevy View Post
On July 7th I rode 21.39 miles at 16.6 mph.

On July 25th I rode 30.1 Miles at 21.1 mph.

Same bike, same fitness, same water bottles, same kit, same tires, same positioning.

Please explain this crazy phenomenon oh wise master of confirmation bias...
You rode off a cliff?
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Old 07-30-19, 11:36 AM
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Thanks for laying it all out in simple to follow steps. I regret that we didn't have an internet available to get training advice like this when I was younger.
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Old 07-30-19, 11:39 AM
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Jesus. The guy posts up his step by step evolution and ascribes his gains (rightly or wrongly) to the changes and people want to kick his ass? I wonder why BF has the reputation it has?
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Old 07-30-19, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
Jesus. The guy posts up his step by step evolution and ascribes his gains (rightly or wrongly) to the changes and people want to kick his ass? I wonder why BF has the reputation it has?
Who wants to kick his ass?
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Old 07-30-19, 11:55 AM
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Ok I finally stopped laughing and checked the calculation. Depending on your power and your weight, if you really had a 30lb bike, you'd be around .15 mph faster on the flats if you bought a 15lb bike.

If you went from the least aero (probably ever tested), to most aero bike (claimed), with helmet, kit, tires etc... and saved the "advertised" 5 minutes over a 40km time trial, your 17.3mph would become 18.9mph or 1.6mph faster.

So to add up all that money can buy, a 17mph rider can buy all of the "speed" money can gain him/her and maybe gain 2mph (if the ads are indeed true) on a solo 40km time trial. The irony is a solo 40km time trial would be best done on a time trial bike, and since road cyclists often ride in groups, your $12000 buys you absolutely zero while in someone else's draft.
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Old 07-30-19, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
You rode off a cliff?
Nope, one was a Sunday club ride spent socializing, one was a fast group ride with less hills.
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Old 07-30-19, 11:57 AM
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Jesus. The guy posts up his step by step evolution and ascribes his gains (rightly or wrongly) to the changes and people want to kick his ass? I wonder why BF has the reputation it has?
I haven't seen any threats of violence.


For the record, fitness > equipment.
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Old 07-30-19, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
I haven't seen any threats of violence.


For the record, fitness > equipment.
My error. I meant....this site is filled with kindness.
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Old 07-30-19, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Who wants to kick his ass?
Such a left field interpretation, innit?
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Old 07-30-19, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
For the record, fitness > equipment.
Agreed, and it's true for most hobbies (just substitute "skill" for "fitness" where appropriate). But equipment can and does play a part. I think of my other hobby: guitar playing. Yes you could put a pawn shop guitar in SRV's or Hendrix's hands and they'd still sound amazing. But I definitely have had the opposite experience where a well set-up, well built guitar has me able to pull of solos and chord changes that I can't on lesser quality, poorly set up instruments. The best guitar in the world isn't going to make me SRV. But I definitely play and sound better on my current guitars than I would if I went to the local music shop and picked up a $300 starter acoustic (which I'm sure SRV would have shredded on).
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Old 07-30-19, 12:21 PM
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My error. I meant....this site is filled with kindness.
You're right, nobody should ever disagree with anything.
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Old 07-30-19, 12:25 PM
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Funny post, but I can understand [and agree] with most or it
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Old 07-30-19, 12:36 PM
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Yes you could put a pawn shop guitar in SRV's or Hendrix's hands and they'd still sound amazing.
Incorrect. The only sound you'd get is that of sirens as the police close in on you for disturbing their corpses.
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Old 07-30-19, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Do a wheelie.
Isn't it "Pop a wheelie" ?
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Incorrect. The only sound you'd get is that of sirens as the police close in on you for disturbing their corpses.
Okay...you are not allowed to look into my closet “Narc”
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