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I am a hammerhead.(10 posts)

I am a hammerhead.spankdoggie
Jun 26, 2002 5:14 PM
I think I have boiled it all down, and I now realize that I am a hammerhead. I ride about 4 days a week over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco through Sausalito and back (only 20 miles).

I ride as hard as I can for the ride, saving my energy to chase after roadies or aggressive mountain bikers. I get burned, and burn others as well. It is all just a bunch of fun.

Since I go as fast as I can for the ride, I often beat roadies, and rarely get beaten. Of course, I would get killed if I had to go 40 miles or even 30 miles.

Being a hammerhead is fun. I love it when other hammerheads chase me too.

It is fun to ride a bicycle.

Ode to the Hammerheadfiltersweep
Jun 26, 2002 5:43 PM
1. Do you disobey traffic signs just to pass someone (or to pass someone who passed you)?

2. Do you pull off the road to "adjust equipment" just after passing someone when you know you are spent?

I'm not sure if you are trying to be a troll (too bad you can't search by user here)... but I'm amused at your type. I'll see one of you off in the distance, and maintaining a steady speed, I'm obviously exerting more effort as I begin to overtake you (since I wouldn't be overtaking you if I were going slower). Maintaining a steady speed (keep in mind, I'm doing my own thing) as I pass you, you guys will launch into a full-on sprint (as if I provoked you somehow). It proves nothing that you can go from 15 to 30 mph for a quarter mile as you get dropped like a bag of bricks a half mile later after I've already ridden 20 miles and have 20 more to go.

Frankly, I don't care what you do... but I was seriously annoyed when a "hammerhead" that I passed blew three red lights to pass me after I passed him (he passed me when I was stopped for the first long red, and rolled through two more)... it gives all cyclists a bad name- and he was toast a mile later. And I don't know WHAT is going through somebody's head when they sprint by, then pull of the road and stop for no reason... is it a "hey, he passed me, but I passed him back" (then stopped???).... I didn't know we were racing.

But hey, I give you full credit for posting your limitations ;) And your intentions ;)
Jun 26, 2002 6:00 PM
I never disobey traffic signs just to pass someone. That is a very nerdy thing to do. Very nerdy.

I never stop before my destination. I go full bore to win. I even threw myself into atrial fibrillation once, but I won... It was a race between me and the stranger.

I consider the road during my sojourn my territory. I mean hey, I have done 3 centuries, all on a mountain bike, so I can ride farther but ...

I am a true hammerhead. I ride as fast as I can for the 20 miles. I save my energy for the first 5 miles then chase anything that is in front of me, and run like an escaped monkey from the zoo from anybody behind me.

It is all enjoyable, and I have a great time.

Like I said, it is fun to ride a bicycle.
re: I too am a hammerheadishmael
Jun 26, 2002 6:06 PM
thats the game I play every time. but unlike the guy who posted above me, everyone else is playing too. I'm always hopeing to find someone out there I can trail who is fast. Mostly I just pass people but every once in a rare moment someone or a group will fly by and I get all reved up and chase. Thats one of the joys of cycling for me. I havent yet met the type that flies by and ends up on the side of the road doing "maintenance", everyone around here plays a fair game. Its always a race in my world, I have trouble going slowly. Its a race and your all in it whether you like it or not.
re: I too am a hammerheadfatguyonalittelbilke
Jun 26, 2002 8:39 PM
Ahmen my brother.
Reminds me of the saying, It's a Rat Race....rwbadley
Jun 27, 2002 5:05 AM
and the Rats are a little further ahead today!

Seriously, I see both sides of the story, and have rode both sides.

I really enjoy the chase, the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.

Some days for recovery or after a long tough day before, the game will be skipped. But I will always tend to play the game as well.

I have even attempted to put the hurt on a poor fool with an unusual bike, just for emphasis. I play this with my fixed gear, spinning at 140. I play this with my mountain bike, big nobbies and all. I have even done this on an old balloon tired beast, bell and generator and all. Dingy Dingy, good morning Dingy Dingy. (thats right, try to hang chump) Of course I have the poor balloon tires pumped to 60 lbs, for less rolling resistance :-)

One day I was riding the mtb in a large northwest city, lost my way a bit. Found a helpful roadie, he said he'd steer me a ways. As I was following him up the hills, blithely chattering away about his fair city, the six pints of wonderful beer I'd just consumed from one of the wonderful brewpubs, and how 'oh god the hills around here were killin' me'. He was slowly becoming a sweating, heaving, wreck.

This is the type of moment we all live for.

I tell this not to imply that I am fast. I am not. I tell this merely for entertainment value, and for the fact I believe the food chain applies to bikers as well. The bigger fish eats the smaller fish, and so on.

Have fun,
Be safe,

Why Dont You Race?!BigLeadOutGuy
Jun 27, 2002 5:50 AM
I love seeing you guys out riding...scratching and clawing for every mph...trying to beat the guy up the road...I'll just sit in at my revovery HR and enjoy the ride...cause I know that when I roll up to the starting line for my next race, Ill be glad I had the rest.
You guys should think about racing...I guarantee it will be alot more challenging and lot more rewarding as well!
enjoy the ride! =)
Why Dont You Race?!rwbadley
Jun 27, 2002 6:40 AM
I have raced, and still do. Racing is merely an extension of the same topic of discussion.

The difference being competition is 'OK' in a race and not elsewhere?

If you beat the pack at the line or to the top, is there more satisfaction than when on your Saturday ride you eke out a margin on a tough competitor that you just happened to hook up with on your favorite route? Speaking for myself, I think I may prefer the comaraderie of the unspoken competition a bit more in some ways.

From my standpoint, 'scratching and clawing' up the road is a violation of ethics on this case. The point is to make the ordeal look as effortless as possible, otherwise it is moot. There are times when the 'work' in this matter is intense, but unless you can do it with a smile on your face, it does not count in my book.

I will always stop for another's flats or mech problems. And would find no thrill in the anhialation of some poor newbie soul. And generally I avoid being a menace to society, however I must admit to not being a complete angel.

I know that humility is also dependent on strength. If you are L. Armstrong this game is ridiculous because you CAN beat everyone in the world. But, I can also imagine him out for a ride, if he were able to be incognito, the occasion when he might 'humble a deserving target' I could be wrong, but I think human nature is fairly consistent on this. I am just as human as the next guy. And, I am able to admit it.

youre awfully confidentishmael
Jun 27, 2002 6:42 AM
thats big talk for a board that surely has a lot of good riders. You'd be even more pleasurable to pass.
youre awfully confidentrwbadley
Jun 27, 2002 7:24 AM
Well, I have been passed. Many times. I am indeed pleasurable to pass. And that is fine also.