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Old 07-23-21, 09:02 PM
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Dang youngsters get off my lawn !!!

I have a favorite 25 mile route I ride near Sacramento that is my “flying” ride. Nearly complete flat roads in excellent condition that allow me to just tuck down and move. I’m approaching 61 soon so I suppose the concept of speed is relative but I’m in good shape and holding 20mph on this ride (or a bit more) is within my capability.
So I’m flying along on my Colnago C40 feeling like a superhero when I hear a bike bell behind me and I’m thinking “did someone put a bell on their car?” 😃
Then about 8 “kids” pass me at a speed that stunned me, I looked like I was going backwards 🤣🤣 assuming I was doing between 20-22, they had to have been doing at least 28 if not more and they went off into the distance never letting up.

It was both depressing and impressive 🤣🤣
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They were kids, kids have energy. I was doing 21.8MPH (GPS) the other day and a large lady in her forties passed me on a fat tire bike. You think you feel bad? I yelled at her as she blew by "You're doing better than 22 MPH." She just looked over her shoulder and smiled. I may be 71, but I still consider myself in pretty decent shape (haha)
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Ha... That's great... Kids on bicycles... Wow!

E-Bikes come to mind???
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
Ha... That's great... Kids on bicycles... Wow!

E-Bikes come to mind???
I was feeling good and doing 25 on my ebike on a clear path only to get passed by two guys not evening looking like they were working hard. Hey lI could not even do that on my ebike.
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From my view, not depressing at all. How many of those kids do you think will be doing that when they are in the early 60's? Getting passed by anybody bothers me not all these days. I am glad I am out there pedaling and can get passed. I will be 69 in about 2 weeks.
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Originally Posted by Bigbus View Post
They were kids, kids have energy. I was doing 21.8MPH (GPS) the other day and a large lady in her forties passed me on a fat tire bike. You think you feel bad? I yelled at her as she blew by "You're doing better than 22 MPH." She just looked over her shoulder and smiled. I may be 71, but I still consider myself in pretty decent shape (haha)
Sounds like she was on an e-bike. Large ladies in their 40s on fat-bikes don’t casually blow by at 22 mph without a motor.
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Old 07-24-21, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians View Post
I have a favorite 25 mile route I ride near Sacramento that is my “flying” ride. Nearly complete flat roads in excellent condition that allow me to just tuck down and move. I’m approaching 61 soon so I suppose the concept of speed is relative but I’m in good shape and holding 20mph on this ride (or a bit more) is within my capability.
So I’m flying along on my Colnago C40 feeling like a superhero when I hear a bike bell behind me and I’m thinking “did someone put a bell on their car?” 😃
Then about 8 “kids” pass me at a speed that stunned me, I looked like I was going backwards 🤣🤣 assuming I was doing between 20-22, they had to have been doing at least 28 if not more and they went off into the distance never letting up.

It was both depressing and impressive 🤣🤣
If they were riding in a pace line then they have a big aerodynamic advantage. Think of yourself as a lone breakaway rider getting sucked up by the peloton.
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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians View Post
Then about 8 “kids” pass me at a speed that stunned me, I looked like I was going backwards 🤣🤣 assuming I was doing between 20-22, they had to have been doing at least 28 if not more and they went off into the distance never letting up. It was both depressing and impressive 🤣🤣
Back in my early 20s, a buddy of mine (who was an amateur cycling racer at the time) went with me on a ~65mi out-and-back route. Mostly flat, very fast. We average 25mph for the loop, sometimes hitting much faster for spurts. Both of us were very fit in those years, particularly for running (in my case, though also with cycling in his case). I didn't walk easily for a couple of days. I figure our peak was 30mph+ for brief periods.

We passed loads of people who were going at a good clip, though most were just out for a Saturday jaunt in the sunshine. I'm sure there were a few "old fogies" we passed that grumbled (and were amazed), Tomm, just like you've described.

'Course, these days, I watch all of the "Speed Racer" types with a fond memory of what used to be. Couldn't go 25mph even if I were "falling" downhill, I suspect. Gettin' old sure is fun.
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I suspect they will be posting similar comments when they hit 61--if they are still cycllng!
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Cyclists just riding around, especially 50+ types, getting depressed or upset because they were passed by anybody: Sad!
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Cyclists just riding around, especially 50+ types, getting depressed or upset because they were passed by anybody: Sad!
Did the tongue-in-cheek humor of this post go over your head ?
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Old guys seem to be some of the most competitive cyclist but some of the worst losers. If I come up behind some cyclist on my fat e bike whom obviously puts in a burst of speed to stay ahead of me I will let them win and at the same time, help them get their exercise. I will back off enough to stay behind them at least 75 yards (m) and as much as 400 yards (m). When they hit a slight downhill they get ahead, when we hit an uphill I close to gap with a really fast cadence. If they get out of sight on a curve, I close the gap. Longest I have done that was about 30 miles. Some old guys on analog bikes are down right animals. The pace some of them can push for a long distance is down right impressive.
If they look like they are really getting haggard I will end their problem by passing with a cheerful note. I am out to help them get their exercise, not harm them.
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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians View Post
I have a favorite 25 mile route I ride near Sacramento that is my “flying” ride. Nearly complete flat roads in excellent condition that allow me to just tuck down and move. I’m approaching 61 soon so I suppose the concept of speed is relative but I’m in good shape and holding 20mph on this ride (or a bit more) is within my capability.
So I’m flying along on my Colnago C40 feeling like a superhero when I hear a bike bell behind me and I’m thinking “did someone put a bell on their car?” 😃
Then about 8 “kids” pass me at a speed that stunned me, I looked like I was going backwards 🤣🤣 assuming I was doing between 20-22, they had to have been doing at least 28 if not more and they went off into the distance never letting up.

It was both depressing and impressive 🤣🤣
Just curious where this was. I know a lot of flat roads around here, but very few in excellent condition.
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Old guys seem to be some of the most competitive cyclist but some of the worst losers. If I come up behind some cyclist on my fat e bike whom obviously puts in a burst of speed to stay ahead of me I will let them win and at the same time, help them get their exercise. I will back off enough to stay behind them at least 75 yards (m) and as much as 400 yards (m). When they hit a slight downhill they get ahead, when we hit an uphill I close to gap with a really fast cadence. If they get out of sight on a curve, I close the gap. Longest I have done that was about 30 miles. Some old guys on analog bikes are down right animals. The pace some of them can push for a long distance is down right impressive.
If they look like they are really getting haggard I will end their problem by passing with a cheerful note. I am out to help them get their exercise, not harm them.
I think the humor in my post was lost on you as well…….
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Just curious where this was. I know a lot of flat roads around here, but very few in excellent condition.
Davis to Winters and return mostly on Putah Creek Rd. There is a very short section from Russell Ave to Putah Creek passing over “Graffiti Bridge” that’s not great but it’s not horrible. The rest of the ride is quite nice with lots of shoulder.
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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians View Post
Did the tongue-in-cheek humor of this post go over your head ?
No, your post sounded like the all too common posts of more than a few posters on this list who obsess over their speed and distance metrics, as well as brag/complain about their ability/inability to "drop" strangers.
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I think the humor in my post was lost on you as well…….
That makes two of us.
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Old guys seem to be some of the most competitive cyclist but some of the worst losers. If I come up behind some cyclist on my fat e bike whom obviously puts in a burst of speed to stay ahead of me I will let them win and at the same time, help them get their exercise. I will back off enough to stay behind them at least 75 yards (m) and as much as 400 yards (m). When they hit a slight downhill they get ahead, when we hit an uphill I close to gap with a really fast cadence. If they get out of sight on a curve, I close the gap. Longest I have done that was about 30 miles. Some old guys on analog bikes are down right animals. The pace some of them can push for a long distance is down right impressive.
If they look like they are really getting haggard I will end their problem by passing with a cheerful note. I am out to help them get their exercise, not harm them.
LOL!

Funniest thing I’ve seen was one time when out mountain biking with our kids. We were riding casually up a long steep gravel path and a group of young guys appear out of nowhere and shoot past. So my 9 year old daughter decides to wind up her e-bike (which looks exactly like a regular hardtail) and blows past them all effortlessly. The look on their faces was priceless as they didn’t catch on and desperately tried to chase her down. But at around 8 W/kg they didn’t stand a chance. When she got to the top, she just turned around and came back down past them again.
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No, your post sounded like the all too common posts of more than a few posters on this list who obsess over their speed and distance metrics, as well as brag/complain about their ability/inability to "drop" strangers.
Right……. It went over your head
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Right……. It went over your head
Posts about a cyclist's' "concerns" over being passed by strangers or ability to pass strangers are as humorous as cliched posts/memes about seniors shaking their fist at clouds or yelling at youngsters on the lawn; the cuteness wore off a long time ago, especially when the posts are from people who should know better than 9 year old children.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Posts about a cyclist's' "concerns" over being passed by strangers or ability to pass strangers are as humorous as cliched posts/memes about seniors shaking their fist at clouds or yelling at youngsters on the lawn; the cuteness wore off a long time ago, especially when the posts are from people who should know better than 9 year old children.
It’s really a shame you seemingly have no concept of humor, I apologize for the trauma I’ve caused your sensitive disposition.
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Sounds like she was on an e-bike. Large ladies in their 40s on fat-bikes don’t casually blow by at 22 mph without a motor.
Just make an announcement that Golden Corral is almost out of bacon wrapped sirloins.
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Posts about a cyclist's' "concerns" over being passed by strangers or ability to pass strangers are as humorous as cliched posts/memes about seniors shaking their fist at clouds or yelling at youngsters on the lawn; the cuteness wore off a long time ago, especially when the posts are from people who should know better than 9 year old children.
Those long winter nights must simply fly by in your house, 😂
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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians View Post
Davis to Winters and return mostly on Putah Creek Rd. There is a very short section from Russell Ave to Putah Creek passing over “Graffiti Bridge” that’s not great but it’s not horrible. The rest of the ride is quite nice with lots of shoulder.
That one definitely ticks both boxes. One of my favorites. And you’ll definitely see riders of all ages, abilities, and speeds on that road.
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