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Whats your biggest biking THRILL??(18 posts)

Whats your biggest biking THRILL??PBWatson
Jun 21, 2002 1:56 PM
I've been a MTB'er for years & get a thrill out of twisting through a tight trail with many ups & downs over rocks, roots & fallen trees. I am new to road riding & so far what I like best is a fast cruise (20-25mph for me) through a winding road. I really like the way road bikes are so quiet, I hardly hear a thing but my breathing where on the mtb it was all thumpbump, grrr, crack, slap, click, click, grrrr, thumpthump.

Just wondering what other peoples favorite things about road riding were?
Terrible Two...MrCelloBoy
Jun 21, 2002 2:08 PM
T- 14 hours and counting...

At age 46 it thrills me to be in good enough shape to do this awesome ride and not suffer.
There are some incredible views along the way, and a lot of love goes into making the event happen.
Jun 24, 2002 10:58 AM
Now that you've done it (or tried) I'd be curious to know if you experienced any suffering....... ;-)

IMO - there ain't no way you're going to do that ride and not suffer.
A fast, swoopy downhill ...Humma Hah
Jun 21, 2002 2:31 PM
Effortless motorcycle speeds on a bicycle are a thrill.

Now, for just a really nice feeling without the adrenaline rush, I enjoy what I call "cutting", swoopy maneuvering at cruise speed. There is one spot where my favorite bike path takes a couple of turns that I particularly enjoy, and a few places on my daily commute that do it. Sometimes I'll just play like a kid in the parking lot, doing deep, sweeping turns for the heck of it.

Like you, I also enjoy tight trail riding. I've done it on the cruiser, on a MTB, and on enduro motorcycles. Again, its that twisty handling that just feels so NICE!
City trafficczardonic
Jun 21, 2002 3:22 PM
The constantly changing landscape, tight clearances and imminent danger appeal to me. You've got the mental challenge of negotiating tricky terrain, plus you get to appreciate the acceleration and agility of a road bike. I imagine it as being somewhat like surfing: slicing your path among huge, dynamic forces that are beyond your control and oblivious to your presence among them. It's all timing, skill and awareness.
Jun 21, 2002 5:50 PM
I've called it "surfing traffic" for years. This is the first time I've heard someone else describe it this way.

I agree.

"Buses are like moving walls." -Local messenger told me once

Sometimes I'll laugh after pulling off some simple (stupid?) stunt like splitting between fast moving lanes of cars to beat the light. Seems easy to me, then I get mental flashes of "normal people don't do things like this" and crack up at the thought.

I always though ski jumpers were nuts. I wonder if they feel the same thing.


City trafficSelfPropelled
Jun 21, 2002 11:57 PM
What a great comparison! Right on the head.
City trafficPBWatson
Jun 22, 2002 7:41 AM
Ooooh Yeah, I completely forgot what a thrill it is to ride city traffic. I used to live in Chicago & rode a bike everywhere I went, Michigan Ave. was always a blast, a virtual swarm of Busses, taxi's & pedestrians. On a bike your faster than traffic & everyone looks at you like you're roadkill waiting to happen. Also in the middle of the night (2am - 4am) the same area & the loop is completely deserted. Stop at the billy goat under Michigan ave for a "burger, no fries chips" then ride parking garages all night (the Hancock building is my personal favorite) there is no elevator to get up it so you have to ride up & then its a 12-14 story corkscrew all the way down. End it all with a quick swim in the lake.

God do I love bikes.
Fresh asphalt...mmquest
Jun 21, 2002 4:29 PM
slight downhill (just enough to speed you up but not so much that you realize you are going downhill), and a slight tailwind. It's so fun to hit speeds that the pros do and do it all effortlessly. Of course, in this senario you tend to have to come back against the wind...

But, what I think is by far the coolest is when you have a tailwind going exactly as fast as you and you are on a smooth road. It has only happened to me a few times, but cruising along in absolute silence is the BEST.
Besides my above comment....Ahimsa
Jun 21, 2002 5:55 PM
I like the freedom and access. That combo is the biggest thrill many times. I can get anywhere in the city. I can get out of the city. I can park anywhere. Ride about anywhere. So long as there is a reasonable surface, I'm good to go.

It surprises me on occasion to find out how inconvenient and depressing it is to drive a car someplace. Unless it is a good distance, or requires the hauling capacity of an auto, then it is just slavery to the combustion engine.

re: Whats your biggest biking THRILL??SelfPropelled
Jun 22, 2002 12:08 AM
One of the many for me has gotta be passing the congested lines of stagnent traffic in the morning commute, I just laugh and laugh till the end of the ride when it happens. And I know there feeling trapped as I whizz by. Until they get revenge and throw a bottles out thier windows at night "aww man another flat!?":)
Leaning hard into turns. nmLeisure
Jun 22, 2002 2:46 AM
pain and high HR...tempeteKerouak
Jun 22, 2002 3:51 AM
Going up a long climb and feeling good in the tempo, following other riders, then coming aroung at my rythm, droping them still seated, pretending I don't hurt at all.

Being able to stay with real athletes. Being passed by some crazy climber (like the GIRL -ho my! on a Kestrel last month) who was far better than me, but I still hung on.

Breaking away in a crit. Even knowing I have not a single chance.

Jun 22, 2002 5:06 AM
i'm always amazed at how far you go on a road bike before you even get tired. diostant hoods, other cities, cross countries! i ride mtb's as well and they are short distance machines.
Speed.Ken of Fresno
Jun 22, 2002 9:30 AM
When I was young and dumb it was drafting trucks at 50+ mph. Still like a good downhill though. Finding my max on the flats is always fun too. Anything fast.

re: Whats your biggest biking THRILL??von flash
Jun 22, 2002 2:59 PM
several come to mind, but catching a moped and then dropping him on a hill ranks right up there.
lots of thrillsDougSloan
Jun 24, 2002 5:30 AM
*Finishing the 508

*Hitting 63 mph down hill at night in the same race

*Riding with really good riders and keeping up

*Riding up to Kaiser Pass at 9,300 feet near here; a thrill every time

*Completing a 250 mile solo training ride a few months ago, and not feeling all that bad at the end

*Riding the fixed gear in the rain at night, when no fool should even leave the house

*Contesting a pack sprint finish in a road race -- now that's action packed excitement

*Climbing the mountains and looking back down over the valley

*Finishing double centuries in decent times; last year I nearly sprinted the last 10 miles of the Terrible Two and came in under my goal; this year I cruised a "no pain" Central Coast Double and rode as quickly as pushing very hard the last two years; great feelings either way

Oversized blonde with an undersize sport bra coming at me(nm)Paul
Jun 24, 2002 6:10 AM