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Old 04-29-2007, 03:38 PM   #1
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This is a tale of what not to do in a group of riders. Especially a paceline of strong cat 2/3 riders...

Ok, so I went on a group ride again this Sunday, just like always. Its usually about 40-50 people, spread across a wide range of speed/skill levels. Some of us are pretty far up the ranks, some beginners. This isnt your average "no drop" ride. If you get blown out the back of the pack in the first mile, sorry, suck it up and ride home. Now, this is pretty understood by most, and the vast majority know the route fairly well. If youre not feeling well, ask someone to ride back with you, we dont mind.

So, usually, the ride maintains a 15-20mph pace for about 5 miles, just to get a good warm up in. No jackrabbits off the front, or upping the pace during this time, we dont really tolerate that ****. After a certain point though, all bets are off, and the group usually splits, fast. Same happens today, with myself and 8 other riders pacelining at the front at 25+. We carry on like this for about 2 hours, and were over halfway around the route. Suddenly, I come off a pull and head to the back, and notice a plain grey jersey and black shorts in front of me. There are now 9 riders in front of me.

This guy decided to join in, without asking. Thats fine, but most cyclists prefer that you ask to join them, I know I do. The guy gets to the front, and pulls off, doesnt even work. Next turn around, he does the same. At this point, he starts to really piss everyone off. So, the next guy to pull after him hammers it, and we try to gap him off, to get him in the wind by himself. It almost worked. Next time, same thing. Third time was the charm, once he was in the wind by himself, he cracked.

So, we went double paceline, and started talking, and no one knew this guy, or where he came from, he just decided to join in. Never said a word the entire time he rode with us. All of this is beside the fact that the guy was doing some sketchy riding, not signaling to the riders behind him, or anything like that...

So, the moral of the story is, if youre going to join the line, share the load, and please ask first.

CN's: Fred joins paceline, doesnt work, doesnt speak, and subsequently gets launched out the back of the pack.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:08 PM   #2
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Who knew cyclists were so anal...
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:10 PM   #3
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:12 PM   #4
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:13 PM   #5
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Ironically I just got my bike from my dads and tuned it up. Got a sweet new helmet too. I'm gonna try and do this to the nest group riders I see!
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:21 PM   #6
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Ironically I just got my bike from my dads and tuned it up. Got a sweet new helmet too. I'm gonna try and do this to the nest group riders I see!
Meh, youre not going to like the results
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:25 PM   #7
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:26 PM   #8
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Meh, youre not going to like the results
I'll kick those bastards in the head!
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:27 PM   #9
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I'd rather deal with a wheel-sucker than someone who's nervous and makes the whole group edgy.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:32 PM   #10
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I'd rather deal with a wheel-sucker than someone who's nervous and makes the whole group edgy.
Thats the problem, he WAS nervous, and that made us nervous. Aside from that, he wasnt strong enough to pull, so he just pulled off.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:33 PM   #11
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If you can catch them
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:34 PM   #12
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:36 PM   #13
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If you can catch them
Srsly. I rode for 15 mins yesterday and my legs are noodles!
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:40 PM   #14
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Srsly. I rode for 15 mins yesterday and my legs are noodles!
It gets better the more you ride.
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:43 PM   #15
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The best, is throwing a cup full of soda at the cyclists from the car window... They get pissed, but can't chase you or anything...
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The best, is throwing a cup full of soda at the cyclists from the car window... They get pissed, but can't chase you or anything...
And my best is putting the frozen water bottle in my back pocket through your back glass
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Old 04-29-2007, 04:50 PM   #17
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And my best is putting the frozen water bottle in my back pocket through your back glass
Unless you can throw about 80MPH with a bottle of water on a moving bicycle... it ain't happening...
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Old 04-29-2007, 05:00 PM   #18
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so people are not allowed to bike on your road without asking you?

so much for "share the road"

Are you one of the bikers that doesn't stop at stopsigns or red lights?
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Unless you can throw about 80MPH with a bottle of water on a moving bicycle... it ain't happening...
Trust me, can and has happened. Ask the guy who tried to run me off the road when I was in college

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so people are not allowed to bike on your road without asking you?

so much for "share the road"

Are you one of the bikers that doesn't stop at stopsigns or red lights?
No, they can ride on the road, I dont care, they can join the paceline, I dont care, but they need to ASK! They need to be willing to work too, IMO. Just randomly joining in with a group of guys makes the rest of us nervous. And yes, I stop at signs and lights.
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The best, is throwing a cup full of soda at the cyclists from the car window... They get pissed, but can't chase you or anything...
Wow youre gutsy
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So... he can't randomly join... instead he'll say, "Can I join" and you say "Sure"

Then you ride...

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?!?! You still don't know how the dude rides...
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Wow youre gutsy
Gutsy... yes...

Joking... yes...
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People who are not strong enough should not just hook up with some cat 2-3 riders.If he is just sandbagging and not taking his turn up front he should not benefit from someone else working up front who may need a rest after a long day up front.
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People who are not strong enough should not just hook up with some cat 2-3 riders.If he is just sandbagging and not taking his turn up front he should not benefit from someone else working up front who may need a rest after a long day up front.
But if the guy that just joined wasn't there... it would be no different.

If he's not as conditioned as the rest of the people, what's wrong with letting him tag along in the back?

Cyclists sound like ass holes...
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so if one guy doesnt want to lead, is that like cheating? or just annoying?
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