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Old 03-31-21, 07:06 AM
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Is there nothing during your lifetime that you can look back on and say "I'm glad I never did that"?
I'm on the fence about smoking.... But I'll eventually come around to being glad I never tried it.
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He's too busy canoeing
For the love of god IT'S NOT A CANOE!


Wow, it felt good to yell again.
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Been a while since I used "WHAMBULANCE!" in a sentence, but it came up in conversation yesterday and reminded me of this thread...and then today, whoa, look what's back up on top of the list! Coincidence? I think not.
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If you did group rides you would understand some of the posts better. You might also see why some of us keep doing group rides after decades of doing them. Or not, riding solo is ok, too.
It always surprises me how many people on the forum say they only ride solo, especially in the 50+ forum. .
Almost exclusively solo, mostly because it’s hard to get group rides that start at convenient times. Divorced dad etc with a 10 and 8 year old 3 days a week means riding when I can.
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Almost exclusively solo, mostly because it’s hard to get group rides that start at convenient times. Divorced dad etc with a 10 and 8 year old 3 days a week means riding when I can.
I'm the opposite. If I can't go out with a group I just stay home and do a structured workout on the trainer. In the summer it's (weather permitting) 4 days outside (2 tempo'ish, 1 chill long, 1 hammerfest), 1 day inside a week. The drivers around here are hostile enough that it's not worth taking the chance solo anymore.
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Originally Posted by Andy Somnifac View Post
I'm the opposite. If I can't go out with a group I just stay home and do a structured workout on the trainer. In the summer it's (weather permitting) 4 days outside (2 tempo'ish, 1 chill long, 1 hammerfest), 1 day inside a week. The drivers around here are hostile enough that it's not worth taking the chance solo anymore.
Most aren't here, though there are some occasionally. Also don't see a ton of cars when I ride normally, this morning I had 22 cars pass me over 32 miles, 15 of which were in the starting and ending 3 miles of my ride.
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Most aren't here, though there are some occasionally. Also don't see a ton of cars when I ride normally, this morning I had 22 cars pass me over 32 miles, 15 of which were in the starting and ending 3 miles of my ride.
Even in a group we're regularly buzzed by rednecks in jacked-up trucks rolling coal in our faces. I just figure that riding in the group means there's someone who will know where my corpse is.

Fun story from riding alone: One of the aforementioned rednecks passed way too close and rolled a huge cloud of diesel exhaust in my face, so I made a hand gesture saying that he was #1. So he stopped his car in the middle of the road, blocking traffic, got out and tried to fight me. Yeah, we have some special ones around here.
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Nice - decided to come out here for a second and this thread is popped up again. My favorite. Still a source of many references when I see or talk to old forum members - every message I exchange with EventServices usually contains a reference

Timely as well as I am back doing group rides again. While I don't yell anymore I do offer encouragement and tips for how to beat me in the sprints. At least until I get dropped. Then I do the rest of the ride thinking about how (not) good I used to be and how much worse I am now and how I will most likely never get back to that level. Super sad when I realize even that level sucked.

I want to see more riders get back into the fun road stuff.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
Nice - decided to come out here for a second and this thread is popped up again. My favorite. Still a source of many references when I see or talk to old forum members - every message I exchange with EventServices usually contains a reference

Timely as well as I am back doing group rides again. While I don't yell anymore I do offer encouragement and tips for how to beat me in the sprints. At least until I get dropped. Then I do the rest of the ride thinking about how (not) good I used to be and how much worse I am now and how I will most likely never get back to that level. Super sad when I realize even that level sucked.

I want to see more riders get back into the fun road stuff.
Good to hear that! I just can't get my group ride mojo going. I occasionally run across one on a couple popular local routes & hop on. I can still hold my own & settle in. Enjoy the effort, speed & the chat. I miss it but at the same time just have not had any urge to go find the rides, instead long solo's are the norm. I used to be just the opposite, something lacking... Perhaps Event chatting away about something totally unrelated to the ride, or complaining about his wardrobe? A goal for the year?, find a regular ride and consistently hit it.
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Originally Posted by Andy Somnifac View Post
Even in a group we're regularly buzzed by rednecks in jacked-up trucks rolling coal in our faces. I just figure that riding in the group means there's someone who will know where my corpse is.

Fun story from riding alone: One of the aforementioned rednecks passed way too close and rolled a huge cloud of diesel exhaust in my face, so I made a hand gesture saying that he was #1. So he stopped his car in the middle of the road, blocking traffic, got out and tried to fight me. Yeah, we have some special ones around here.
There used to be a small group of U.K. riders that did a small group ride years ago around here. The ride leader had a farm way out and they would ride and them cone back to the farm for tea. This guy they called Boone would ride with them. I met Boone several times, nice guy. Well they are out riding and one of the local 4x4 hillbillies decided he was going to teach these bicyclists a lesson, so he gets out his truck and starts talking how he is going to bust some heads. These guys are scared (riders not fighters), except Boone, he was taking his cycling shoes off. Long story short, the hillbilly was lucking to get out of there with his life. It seems Boone had an earlier sport that he was pretty good at. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boone_Kirkman
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Old 06-21-21, 06:05 AM
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he was taking his cycling shoes off.
Not going to lie, my first thought was "Crap, there's no way I can fight in bike shoes. I'm going to get my ass whipped doing the cleat walk while wearing spandex..."
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We just passed our 15th anniversary on June 1st. I still clearly remember the ride that sent me into that tirade. I just recovered from the soreness a few months ago.

Happy anniversary, everyone. I hope you're all doing yell. I mean, WELL.

And I can honestly still say there were no egos on that ride.

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Nice - decided to come out here for a second and this thread is popped up again. My favorite. Still a source of many references when I see or talk to old forum members - every message I exchange with EventServices usually contains a reference

Timely as well as I am back doing group rides again. While I don't yell anymore I do offer encouragement and tips for how to beat me in the sprints. At least until I get dropped. Then I do the rest of the ride thinking about how (not) good I used to be and how much worse I am now and how I will most likely never get back to that level. Super sad when I realize even that level sucked.

I want to see more riders get back into the fun road stuff.
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We just passed our 15th anniversary on June 1st. I still clearly remember the ride that sent me into that tirade. I just recovered from the soreness a few months ago.

Happy anniversary, everyone. I hope you're all doing yell. I mean, WELL.

And I can honestly still say there were no egos on that ride.
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We just passed our 15th anniversary on June 1st. I still clearly remember the ride that sent me into that tirade. I just recovered from the soreness a few months ago.

Happy anniversary, everyone. I hope you're all doing yell. I mean, WELL.

And I can honestly still say there were no egos on that ride.
If you feel the need to use the term ‘I can honestly say’…
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I love the weeknight worlds guys not yelling per se but trying to get you to reel in the break guy in the last mile while they have zero intention of pulling through to do the same. Nice try.
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I love the weeknight worlds guys not yelling per se but trying to get you to reel in the break guy in the last mile while they have zero intention of pulling through to do the same. Nice try.
This is a time honored technique. If done properly you would be amazed how often it works. That could be a whole other thread "You're going to do all the work".
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This is a time honored technique. If done properly you would be amazed how often it works. That could be a whole other thread "You're going to do all the work".
It got bad enough a couple times earlier in the ride with trying to get a faster rotation going that it would end after one rotation with dingleberries content with a chill 200w puller on the front.

Imagine the slow staredowns in real races with 1km to go where nobody wants to go. Imagine that with 15 other dudes at mile 15 of 30 of weeknight worlds. Somebody want to actually freaking ride?

I'm surprised the strongest dude who eventually got away at the end didn't put us out of our misery then and there. Maybe he didn't want to time trial alone for a half hour and preferred company. We're a training ride for that guy.
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It got bad enough a couple times earlier in the ride with trying to get a faster rotation going that it would end after one rotation with dingleberries content with a chill 200w puller on the front.

Imagine the slow staredowns in real races with 1km to go where nobody wants to go. Imagine that with 15 other dudes at mile 15 of 30 of weeknight worlds. Somebody want to actually freaking ride?

I'm surprised the strongest dude who eventually got away at the end didn't put us out of our misery then and there. Maybe he didn't want to time trial alone for a half hour and preferred company. We're a training ride for that guy.
I have no strategy and really don't care about winning most of the time - I do races and group rides to push myself and will frequently find myself on the front because I find it to be more fun.*

*translation - I have no strategy, get bored and push the pace and or try to chase down the guy(s) off the front while their teammates sit on my wheel. I frequently don't do what you would call "win" but I sure do tire myself out and have fun. More laughing than yelling, though. I guess you could call me an accidental domestique.
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Thanks for that! Now I'm going to tear up. Those were the best days ever. Out on the course meeting cyclists from all over. SO sad that event ended.

I drove every mile of every course all 14 years.
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Thanks for that! Now I'm going to tear up. Those were the best days ever. Out on the course meeting cyclists from all over. SO sad that event ended.

I drove every mile of every course all 14 years.
I know! I remember you used a picture I took of you in a Volvo, I think, on something you printed.
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Now that there is some funny ****. Nicely done.
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