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yea...i beat my first car today...(8 posts)

yea...i beat my first car today...dustin73
Jun 6, 2001 10:07 PM
i was at a stop light. his engine was revving and i was inhaling his exhaust. i felt good, knew i could take him. other light turns yellow and i start to prep, then our light turns green and we're off. i'm up out of the saddle and in the drops and taking him pretty easily, however, he shifts to 3rd and takes off and passes me, so i push harder. start to catch up and do so, then to my surprise, i pass him. yea. next light we hit red (about a block after pull past him) and i'm about to die. green light flashes, flags go up. churning, and burning, we yearn for the cup (sorry, song lyrics) and as the story goes, i take him, again. i was so happy. i held the lead for a good 3 blocks, then i slowed and pulled to the side of the road and took a victory swig of water. that made what was supposed to be a easy ride a dandy success. so anyway...

does anyone get bad gas pains after they ride? i am, and it sucks 'cause it won't come out. anyone know what i should do?
I beat something like 50-100 of 'em Monday ...Humma Hah
Jun 6, 2001 10:20 PM
... there I was tooling down a back way during rush hour, coming back from a visit with my old company. I'd never cycle-commuted to there before, convinced that it was too dangerous, but with this route it is do-able, if not an expecially pleasant ride with all those cars.

Quite a few drivers live in the neighborhoods on that route, and even more use it to avoid the heavy traffic on Va 28. They were whipping by me at a good clip. Then we turned onto Old Centerville Road, and they came to a standstill.

They did still slow me down. As they inched forward, some of them moved toward the unpaved, coarse-graveled shoulder, forcing me to pass the hard way, and I don't like to pass on the right very fast (technically it is of questionable legality). But I was moving and they were not. I passed a whole bunch of cars that had passed me earlier. The cause was an accident that had still not been cleared when I went by.

As a kid, in Richmond, I used to ride a similar bike to school. I used to amuse myself racing the busses. They could pass me when they got moving, but I'd pass again when they stopped for passengers. Overall, I'd usually pull well ahead.

Aging cruiser beats the dino-burners. I love it.
Mountain Music [*3]Breck
Jun 7, 2001 1:00 AM
...^^^...
Top-o-the Banner Grade on the mountain here is 4,200 ft. and the bottom is about 1,800 ft. Distance is near 7 miles. About 35 switch backs some being 180 degree turns and narrow highway no shoulders for the most part. My best time is 11 minutes, 04 seconds if there are no cars. Time and time again have to slow for cars or simply pull over and count to 60 as i have no computer on the OCLV ( just use a Casio 30 split wrist timer for the occasional TT). Then off we(me and Siouxie[*1]:) go and usually catch the damn car again. I went thru the phase where i simply would pass the car on the double yellow and duck back in like the moto-bikes do. They typically would hit their brake lights prob thinking who's this crazy guy (& remember am 58 years old but they don't know that). Have never had a car beat me that didn't let em.

Lest you think this grade's no challenge the following story :)
When the old Julian Bicycle Company existed the Pilgrims would unload at the bike store and get the Cliff bars, advice on rides. We would warn them of bombing down Banner Grade and slow for the turns, etc. OK they would say and take off. About 15 minutes later the sheriff's ambulance could be heard going down the grade to retrieve the crashed bikers. So we got to betting Cliff bars how long they would be gone before the siren sound. By judging the ability of the would be victim and knowing the turns by heart one could come pretty close. Check mate turn 6 for this guy( one third the way down). Hmmmm, give 'em 9 minutes 20 seconds.

Down hill speed is a thrill for me and worked long and hard on technique which i put on the old board onced under the nome de plume of Big Ring. Speed rules but down hill speed on a steep winding challenging course is real "Thrills"![*2] for me. Of course coming back up the hill takes about 37 minutes. That's a good climb for these tired old legs and use my best gear(old man's triple 30X25) on some pitches.

For gas pains i chew Imodium tabs,
found at your local drug store.

cheers
*1
PEEP SHOW
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Geffen, 1988 cd

*2
THRILLS
Lost Gonzo Band
MCA 1976 LP vinyl

*3
MOUNTAIN MUSIC
Alabama
RCA 1982 LP vinyl
Goin downhillMiklos
Jun 7, 2001 8:08 AM
Yea, the other day, just as I was about to crest a large, steep hill, two motorcycles zoomed pass me. I could almost hear them laughing at me sweating my way up hill. About half way down the back side of the hill, I caught up with them and I there wasn't several blind corners, I would have passed them. When we all stopped for a stop sign at the bottom of the hill, the look on their faces was precious. Total look of shock.

Miklos
Siouxsie? Nicely donemike mcmahon
Jun 7, 2001 10:29 AM
I'm more impressed every day with the breadth of your musical references. Add to the list "The Long and Winding Road" by the Beatles. I'm not a Beatles fan, so I can't give an album title, date, or label name.

Mike
Sioux City SueBreck
Jun 7, 2001 11:34 AM
not a Beatles Mania persona myself but do remember them singing the great tune. Passed on a Beatles complete discography back in 1991 which could answer the ques-ti-on-ee.

Sioux City Sue last(?) performed by Willie Nelson & Leon Russell on their "One for the Road" album(CBS 1979). Russell's real name is Hank Wilson and the Lawton, Oklahoma boy's(april 2, 1941) album "Hank Wilson's Back, Vol. 1" was issued on ABC, 1973. My fav-o-rite Russell album is "Leon Russell", Shelter Records 1972 ...vinyl pleeze! :)...as my German made Dual CS5000 turn table set up with Shure Bro's V15 matched and balanced output moving coil cartridge brings the best outta 'em. Audio Quest cables pleeze and Dura-Ace 1.5mm heavy's for the dt shifter tooz.

Classical, C&W, Western, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Big Band, Rock, Rock & Roll, thru about 1991 am up on ...the rest i need sum help !:) Ditto road and atb(mtb)bikes and gear "recent" thru 1995 ...well mebee :)

cheers mah man!
Post-1991mike mcmahon
Jun 7, 2001 11:55 AM
Check out "OK Computer" by Radiohead. I believe it came out in 1997 or 1998. Radiohead's subsequent albums have been good but, in my opinion, not up to the level of OK Computer.
Post-1991Breck
Jun 7, 2001 2:53 PM
Yikes!
My latest issue of WHAT*HI FI?, a high end Brit mag, the very CD Radiohead Head "Ok Computer"(Parlophone) was Editor's Choice for testing out all the "kit" in the issue. A brief overview of the band and the very last word on the album(CD!) was "Stunning".

thx mah man!