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bampilot06 08-26-22 10:35 AM


Originally Posted by ls01 (Post 22624626)
Do you think it will help?


Well I was trying to give the driver constructive criticism, he even rolled his window down to listen. I think all he got was a bunch of expletives. Probably lost in translation.

bampilot06 08-26-22 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by ls01 (Post 22624629)
You may, but I doubt if you could match the bounce.


100 pounds heavier ago I could.

genejockey 08-26-22 10:38 AM


Originally Posted by ls01 (Post 22624595)
Yelling at motorists is a waste of time ( I know I can't believe I'm saying it either) They enjoy it. It let's them know they have elicited the reaction they wanted. They are bullies, they wanted to scare you, when you yell they know they did scare you. Give them the finger instead. That tells them I know what you were trying to do, you failed, and you, Sir, may go intercourse yourself.
Do it calmly, and as deliberately as possible. It gets the point across. And is less stressing on yourself.

Alternatively, if they pass you and yell "Get off the road!" or similar, give them a friendly wave and yell, "HI!!" as if you thought they'd been offering a friendly greeting. Nothing more frustrating for someone trying to intimidate you than thinking you took the exact opposite message.

bampilot06 08-26-22 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22624640)
Alternatively, if they pass you and yell "Get off the road!" or similar, give them a friendly wave and yell, "HI!!" as if you thought they'd been offering a friendly greeting. Nothing more frustrating for someone trying to intimidate you than thinking you took the exact opposite message.


Im actually usually really good at that, but when you purposely try to kill me or someone in my group then we have a problem.

Eric F 08-26-22 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22624640)
Alternatively, if they pass you and yell "Get off the road!" or similar, give them a friendly wave and yell, "HI!!" as if you thought they'd been offering a friendly greeting. Nothing more frustrating for someone trying to intimidate you than thinking you took the exact opposite message.

This is my typical reaction. It amuses me. It amuses me even more if it confuses them.

ls01 08-26-22 10:49 AM

I rode the assenmacher 100 on Sunday. Was forecasted for rain, 93%. But I had paid for it, so I was riding. The rain ended as I pulled into the parking area. Didn't rain another drop all day. Dried out around mile 40. Turned sunny around mile 55. Crashed around mile 73. Turned in to the last rest stop for water, just a bit too hot. Front wheel slid right out from under me on the gravel driveway. The bike is fine. The brake levers were scratched up, but I filled in the scratches with thin c/a glue, sanded them out and shot 2 coats of clear urethane on them. They look better than new now. I did have to straighten the bars, stem and seat, a couple times to finish the ride. Road rash on left knee and lower left leg. I managed to get my hands down before impact so I didnt get hurt but I was awfully sore on Monday. Had to skip the Tuesday night ride but rode a solo 42 on Wednesday. Been quite a week! 5 hours and 15 minutes 102 miles

LesterOfPuppets 08-26-22 10:50 AM

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genejockey 08-26-22 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 22624644)
Im actually usually really good at that, but when you purposely try to kill me or someone in my group then we have a problem.

There is that.

ls01 08-26-22 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22624640)
Alternatively, if they pass you and yell "Get off the road!" or similar, give them a friendly wave and yell, "HI!!" as if you thought they'd been offering a friendly greeting. Nothing more frustrating for someone trying to intimidate you than thinking you took the exact opposite message.

I wave like a mentally handicapped Forrest Gump who just saw Lutenant Dan. This is especially effective for people who blow thier horns in anger. Really confuses them. I can get a pretty good laugh from the group if I add a sugary sweet, " people out here are so friendly...."

ls01 08-26-22 10:57 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22624630)

I don't know whether to laugh or cry or both...

genejockey 08-26-22 11:08 AM


Originally Posted by ls01 (Post 22624674)
I don't know whether to laugh or cry or both...

Time and gravity come for us all.

big john 08-26-22 11:27 AM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22624690)
Time and gravity come for us all.

and cheesecake, apparently

genejockey 08-26-22 11:28 AM

I got a real feeling of deja vu on last night's ride. Caņada Road, heading North from Woodside, has about 2 miles of about 2% gradient, with 2 stop signs. Wednesday, I had slowed to almost a dead stop at the first one - because The Fuzz like to stake out the stop signs and ticket cyclists who blow through them - when a younger, skinnier guy in dark kit blows by me, having not even slowed at the stop. He got a pretty good gap on me while I was starting up again, so I used him as a rabbit, and even though I also nearly stopped at the second sign, I came within 5 bike lengths by the top of the climb. I stayed there the remaining 1/2 mile or so to where I'd parked because it would be a real dick move to sprint past him only to turn off. It was fun. I don't even know whether he knew I was there.

Last night, I slow to a stop at the same stop sign, and again, a younger, skinnier guy shoots past me and gaps me before I have a chance to get going again. Same result, although this time I noticed that the gap was pretty constant till the steepest part of the grade, where he seemed to slow a bit. I remembered he'd done that the day before, too.

I'll be interested to see if he's there tonight.

genejockey 08-26-22 11:29 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22624721)
and cheesecake, apparently

Yeah. I'd still....you know.

big john 08-26-22 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22624727)
Yeah. I'd still....you know.

She's only 54 now, so she could return to hotness if she chose. Her choice.

genejockey 08-26-22 11:38 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22624721)
and cheesecake, apparently

The thing is, from my own experience I know how easy it is to just gain a lot of weight, and how much work it is not to. So I'm less inclined to judge. I've noticed a lot of actresses tend to gain a lot of weight as they leave the "pretty young thing" category, and it makes me think they'd spent a whole lot of time and energy for a good 20 years or more staying skinny, and it must be an enormous relief not to have to do that anymore.

big john 08-26-22 11:50 AM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22624741)
The thing is, from my own experience I know how easy it is to just gain a lot of weight, and how much work it is not to. So I'm less inclined to judge. I've noticed a lot of actresses tend to gain a lot of weight as they leave the "pretty young thing" category, and it makes me think they'd spent a whole lot of time and energy for a good 20 years or more staying skinny, and it must be an enormous relief not to have to do that anymore.

I agree completely. I've been 60 pounds heavier than I am now and I know yo-yo dieters who go way up and back down.

Although from the standpoint of a regular guy, not blessed with good looks, a hawt body, or game, I just think if I was a star or sex symbol I might try to hang on to it. Lots of them do, some don't, and some get into substance abuse or other mental illness.

They all can't be cycling gods like we are, right?

Bah Humbug 08-26-22 11:56 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 22624588)
If I do it shirtless does it make it less disgusting?

Absolutely. Nothing worse than taking off a soaked shirt.

datlas 08-26-22 12:09 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22624725)
I got a real feeling of deja vu on last night's ride. Caņada Road, heading North from Woodside, has about 2 miles of about 2% gradient, with 2 stop signs. Wednesday, I had slowed to almost a dead stop at the first one - because The Fuzz like to stake out the stop signs and ticket cyclists who blow through them - when a younger, skinnier guy in dark kit blows by me, having not even slowed at the stop. He got a pretty good gap on me while I was starting up again, so I used him as a rabbit, and even though I also nearly stopped at the second sign, I came within 5 bike lengths by the top of the climb. I stayed there the remaining 1/2 mile or so to where I'd parked because it would be a real dick move to sprint past him only to turn off. It was fun. I don't even know whether he knew I was there.

Last night, I slow to a stop at the same stop sign, and again, a younger, skinnier guy shoots past me and gaps me before I have a chance to get going again. Same result, although this time I noticed that the gap was pretty constant till the steepest part of the grade, where he seemed to slow a bit. I remembered he'd done that the day before, too.

I'll be interested to see if he's there tonight.

Extra kudos for NOT being a dooshbag. :thumb:

genejockey 08-26-22 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22624754)
I agree completely. I've been 60 pounds heavier than I am now and I know yo-yo dieters who go way up and back down.

Although from the standpoint of a regular guy, not blessed with good looks, a hawt body, or game, I just think if I was a star or sex symbol I might try to hang on to it. Lots of them do, some don't, and some get into substance abuse or other mental illness.

They all can't be cycling gods like we are, right?

It makes me wonder about the genetics involved. There was a girl I dated in college, who at that age was what I'd call "voluptuous", not fat or even chubby. A little over optimum weight, but fetchingly distributed. I saw her again at 30, and she had probably gained 100 lbs. It was shocking. And she gained more since. By contrast, Mrs. GeneJockey gained maybe 65 lbs from her college weight and subsequently shed about 35 of it. She didn't have to work that hard at losing it either, so it was more like she'd had to work hard to GAIN the weight.

So, I wonder about the other girl. Could she have stayed at her college weight by a strict regimen of diet and exercise? How much work would it have taken? And this relates to the aging actresses who gain a lot of weight, versus those who don't, because I wonder how many of them are holding off weight gain through enormous effort and once they stop the effort they gain a lot, versus some who are just naturally thinner, so they didn't have to put in the effort in the first place.

The genetic/epigenetic basis of weight gain interests me. As I might have said before, my 4 older siblings are all slender, but they don't diet. My Dad was a rail as a kid, and never really gained weight, and he ate like a horse and didn't exercise a lot. But my nearest sister and I - both skinny as kids - gained a lot of weight in our 30s-60s, unlike our older siblings, and I wonder why.

Trsnrtr 08-26-22 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 22624322)
which way is the wind blowing.

Northeast wind. She’s no dummy. Anyway, I figured out what was happening when she kept asking me how far to this town and how far to that town. I could tell we were going to get 65-70 miles. We sometimes do a birthday ride about now and I was 71 a couple months ago and she’ll be 71 in a couple months, so a 71 miler made sense and she admitted it.

We’re 50 miles in at the moment.

datlas 08-26-22 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22624793)
It makes me wonder about the genetics involved. There was a girl I dated in college, who at that age was what I'd call "voluptuous", not fat or even chubby. A little over optimum weight, but fetchingly distributed. I saw her again at 30, and she had probably gained 100 lbs. It was shocking. And she gained more since. By contrast, Mrs. GeneJockey gained maybe 65 lbs from her college weight and subsequently shed about 35 of it. She didn't have to work that hard at losing it either, so it was more like she'd had to work hard to GAIN the weight.

So, I wonder about the other girl. Could she have stayed at her college weight by a strict regimen of diet and exercise? How much work would it have taken? And this relates to the aging actresses who gain a lot of weight, versus those who don't, because I wonder how many of them are holding off weight gain through enormous effort and once the stop the effort they gain a lot, versus some who are just naturally thinner, so they didn't have to put in the effort in the first place.

The genetic/epigenetic basis of weight gain interests me. As I might have said before, my 4 older siblings are all slender, but they don't diet. My Dad was a rail as a kid, and never really gained weight, and he ate like a horse and didn't exercise a lot. But my nearest sister and I - both skinny as kids - gained a lot of weight in our 30s-60s, unlike our older siblings, and I wonder why.

Too many variables including genetic and behavioral and environmental and psychological to say.

Mrs datlas and I are lucky in this regard. We both weigh roughly the same as when we were in college even though we are both 57.

genejockey 08-26-22 12:19 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22624788)
Extra kudos for NOT being a dooshbag. :thumb:

Thanks! I try not to be That Guy.

genejockey 08-26-22 12:21 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22624800)
Too many variables including genetic and behavioral and environmental and psychological to say.

Mrs datlas and I are lucky in this regard. We both weigh roughly the same as when we were in college even though we are both 57.

Lordy, ain't that the truth! I mean, a lot of folks gained weight during the Pandemic, but Mrs. GJ and I LOST weight. And it's not like it was a less stressful time!

Mojo31 08-26-22 12:22 PM


Originally Posted by ls01 (Post 22624674)
I don't know whether to laugh or cry or both...

Neither. Try cropping.


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