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DRC2205's Photo Posts: 8,845
5/19/09 7:31 P

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Sounds like you had a great ride, and way to go on the "alternate" bike. You should be proud, especially pacing yourself so you had the energy to sprint past so many people at the end.

And goes to show you that the motor is more important than the equipment!

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5/17/09 10:31 P

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Good for you, it feels good to finish well! Not all riders are rude, we don't usually find more than one or two per ride. I don't like riding in large groups, makes me very nervous, small ones are great. When there is a mass start, we usually try to be near the back.


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5/17/09 4:22 P

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Good for you! I am looking forward to riding for a few hours tomorrow and Tuesday, weather's supposed to be really great here. I usually ride around 24 miles or so, but I am looking to push it further, maybe tomorrow's the day!!

I've never done a group ride, but I see lots of folks on the trail in a group. Looks kinda claustrophobic, ha! Dunno, I might try it one day though.

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5/17/09 4:04 P

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With the problems I have had with flats on my road bike, I broke out the lead sled: a fixed suspension Trek 930. No clipples pedals, heck not even toe clips and considerably more weight.

Even so, I finished in 2:45, netting out organized rest breaks. It was less than 50 degress when I started the ride, with wind gusts up to 20 MPH. I rode the first 15 miles with my ears covered.

I took it at a conservative pace, and honestly think I could have done the 50 miler. The behavior of some of the roadies to the other riders was rude, arrogant, and dangerous: passing on the right, weaving and darting through slower, densely packed groups. No wonder some car drivers do not have good impressions of cyclists.

The low point: getting passed on an uphill by a rider on a fixed speed bike. emoticon

High point: riding the last five miles at a near sprint pace, passing some folks on much fancier, more expensive bikes.

Really would love to do a group ride with the PA/OH folks on this board. Let's make it happen.

Here is a link to a story about the ride by a local columnist:

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