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Big Grin!(16 posts)

Big Grin!MikeC
Aug 23, 2001 5:11 AM
I was climbing a hill at 16mph this morning, out of the saddle, and fighting a headwind. About 50 yards from the top of the hill, a truck passed me. He gave me a comfortably wide berth, and wasn't going overly fast, but the next thing I knew, I was gliding over the crest at 23mph!
I've ridden a ton of pacelines and drafted more than a few vehicles in my time, but it's rare to get such an unexpected and dramatic pull (nearly 50% increase in speed) in such a short distance. I guess the combination of the truck shielding me from the headwind and catching me in his slipstream just happened to do the trick, as I felt like I'd been slingshot.
The only downside was that I was grinning so much as I started the descent that I swallowed a bug!
Aug 23, 2001 6:29 AM
Let's see where this can lead...I'll take a tangent off of your post and the next reader can take a tangent off of mine.
I remember the BUGS on my first Davis Double D.C. Riding the last flat 50 miles as the sun set the bugs were pretty darn thick. Every time I took lead in the paceline my eyes and mouth would take the bait! It was one of the most miserable experiences I've ever had.
Aug 23, 2001 6:50 AM
The Dragonflies were everywhere this morning, and they were monsters. If you looked up in the early morning light it looked like thousands of helicopter gunships on aerial manuevers.
Aug 23, 2001 8:13 AM
Remember the scene in Apocalypse Now when they flew choppers onto that enemy held beach while playing Flight of the Valkyres (however that's spelled!). They had SURFBOARDS strapped to them! Could've been bikes if they'd been hep!
apoc now redux and my father in-law's second lawn mowerHaiku d'état
Aug 23, 2001 11:31 AM
I was thinking 'bout taking my father in law to see apoc now redux since he's a vietnam vet. he mentioned selling/giving us his second lawn mower (older honda self-propelled) since he bought a new one thinking it was broken, but the problem was a simple clogged air filter. we might be moving in with them while the builder finishes our new house (3 car garage), and two of my bikes will be boarders in his garage.

Aug 23, 2001 4:09 PM
Thanks for sharing. You know the other day I hung my bike up in the corner of my apartment and my mom called. Everything is fine there.
people have gotten KILLED that wayJack S
Aug 23, 2001 6:40 AM
A female racer in Canada was killed this year on a training ride after being "sucked" into the wheels of a passing semi. Trucks move alot of air.
Chicken Littlegrzy mnky
Aug 23, 2001 8:23 AM
People have been killed all sorts of ways, what's your point? All the guy said was that he got some relief from a passing truck. BFD - it happens everyday all across the world. Are you proposing that we should either ban trucks or stay indoors?
Grzy ChickenJack S
Aug 23, 2001 9:19 AM
Don't put words in my mouth grzy... the point? None really, maybe that trucks move alot of air (as stated)? What was the point of the original post anyway? Agree, BFD.
Well, Jack...MikeC
Aug 23, 2001 9:51 AM
Not that I EVER get a little testy, but..
the "point" of the original post was that sometimes cool, surprising things happen when you're on your bike, and I felt like sharing it with the group.
OK with you?
Grz, my father, I feel the lure of the dark side of The Force!
grzy being a jerk as usualYOW
Aug 23, 2001 10:10 AM
what's YOUR point, little man? BFD
grzy being kewl as usualgrzy mnky
Aug 23, 2001 10:59 AM
My point was no sh!t Sherlock trucks move a lot of air and if you get hit by one it's gonna suck. What are you Dr. Watson? The original post was roughly equivalent to "What a beautiful sunny day" and the equivelent response was "Hey, you can get cancer from the sun and people die." Maybe I should've just said "No sh!t." and left it at that. What is one supposed to do with Jack S's response?
grzy grzy grzyJack S
Aug 23, 2001 11:29 AM
Be a little more thorough when you read posts... I said the rider got sucked into the wheels of the truck, not got hit by a truck. Obviously, getting hit by a truck would suck- duh! What happened was the rider got passed by a fast moving semi- a little too closely- and got sucked into the wheels of the rig where she met her demise. I would guess that this is NOT something that "happens everyday all across the world" as you said. The original poster didn't just get "some relief from a passing truck" he got pulled, dramatically so uphill and into a headwind. If he was too close or the truck was moving faster or the driver didn't give him a comfortably wide berth, Mikey might have swallowed a lot more than just a bug!
So....grzy mnky
Aug 23, 2001 3:28 PM
That part about people getting KILLED this way wasn't you in some alarmist reactionary position that you're now trying to back pedal out of? Go back and read what you wrote if you want to understand.
Maybe just ignore it and get on with life kids??? (NM)MrCelloBoy
Aug 23, 2001 11:30 AM
Maybe just ignore it and get on with life kids??? (NM)wink
Aug 23, 2001 1:45 PM
Agree, you guys need to get on your bikes!