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I will beat all of you on my new bike..........(20 posts)

I will beat all of you on my new bike..........african
Jul 30, 2002 10:43 AM
keep dreamingcyclopathic
Jul 30, 2002 10:51 AM
I knew the guy who rode a century on highwheeler, that is accomplishment
less so these days...Steve_0
Jul 30, 2002 10:58 AM
2 centuries ago, it was a (fairly) common accomplishment. We're spoiled these days, so it seems a bigger deal than it is (not to minimize your friend's accomplishment; i could probably never do it).
re: I will beat all of you on my new bike..........fbg111
Jul 30, 2002 10:52 AM
lol. Anyone have any idea what the designers of that thing were thinking? Why such a huge front wheel?
Bigger wheel=Faster speed@Given cadence. (nm)Quack
Jul 30, 2002 10:57 AM
New sneakers = run faster (nm)grzy
Jul 30, 2002 10:59 AM
what was that bear story?AllisonHayes
Jul 30, 2002 11:16 AM
Bear enters the tent. First thing grzy does is put on his sneakers. Grzy's buddy scoffs at him and says, "Grzy, you aint gonna outrun no bear." Grzy gives his buddy a sly grin and says, "don't have to, I just need to run faster than you."
Yup, wanna hear my GW Shark story?grzy
Jul 30, 2002 4:38 PM
So I'm out windsurfing 9/29/95 - it's around 5 PM on a Friday off the coast of north of Santa Cruz, CA. Wind is a bit light for our racey little wave boards, but the waves are sweet. About two dozen of us are out, mostly dragging around, not planing. Did I mention it was light, but the waves were sweet? So, I limp out to a little patch of wind about 400 yds. off the break at Davenport Landing feeling like a big fishing lure and do a low wind survival gybe - hey it beats swimming in sharkey waters. This area is also known as the Red Triangle for the high number of shark attacks - that seals have their pups around here doesn't help. About 50 yds. away a guy is sailing towards me, I'll call him Mike, b/c that's his name, and he does a low wind survival gybe and stays dry. Sort of. Suddenly the water around him explodes with all sorts of spray and white water. From my deep sea fishing days I knew exactly what it was, but I still couldn't believe it. A 12' to 14' Great White Shark had attacked the tail of his board and was now thrashing the crap out of it. Mikey loses his balance and falls onto his sail right ON TOP of the shark while it continues to thrash his board. Mikey rolls away, into the water and starts swimming away. Meanwhile his board starts to do this little dance with the shark like it's possesed. Well, it is possessed - by the shark! It seems like it goes on forever, but it probably only lasts about 20 seconds. Myself and another windsurfer sail by with our mouths hanging open - finally the other gal says, "Is that what I think it is?" "Yep." says I. Now everything has stopped and another sailor yells at Mikey to get back on his board. He said later that it was the longest 40 foot swim of his life - just him, his board and a GW shark. We get into the beach and don't know what has happened to Mikey and all I can think about is getting to a phone and trying to get a helicopter to haul what's left of him to the hospital. Previous surfers attacked off this beach have almost died from loss off blood - yes, it's happened before and more than once. Did I mention that the waves were sweet? We get almost everyone in, but still can't figure what happened to the guy that was actually attacked until he comes walking up the beach with just board and zero color in his face. Only time I've ever really seen someone's face as being "ashen." His board had a bunch of punctures, gouges and bite marks in it, but amazingly he was completely unhurt. A few other sailors were out sailing oblivious to what had happened. I figured it was a random thing and that the bullet missed so I went back out because now the wind had picked up and the waves were sweet. So you see, sometimes you don't need to swim faster than the shark or even faster than the other guy. You just gotta be damn lucky.
You know, I believe that shark story....I have a pic of it....african
Jul 30, 2002 7:06 PM
Being from Africa myself I am rather proud to have grown up surfing and pissing in the water near this baby....not a nice sight for a triathlete who swims in the drink often.
sorry here is the California shark for real..........african
Jul 30, 2002 7:08 PM
In fact shark attacks can happen anywhere, see pic...african
Jul 30, 2002 7:10 PM
seriously though be glad this puppy is out of the food chain...african
Jul 30, 2002 7:11 PM
its the musicAllisonHayes
Jul 31, 2002 2:44 AM
Red triangle, eh? No thanks.

The opening scene of Jaws with the girl being attacked scared the sh*t out of me.

I can still hear the music whenever I go in the ocean.

(what a story & pics you guys!)
Yeah, they didn't use gears on bikes yet... nmMatno
Jul 30, 2002 11:08 AM
Finally a bike where the tall guy has the advantage! nmShad
Jul 30, 2002 11:00 AM
re: I will beat all of you on my new bike..........jarraa
Jul 30, 2002 11:17 AM
What happens if you have a flat ..boy that tube (if its tubular ..thats even worse (in terms of weight and size)) is going to be big!
what tube?off roadie
Jul 30, 2002 1:21 PM
I don't see any valve stem on that big boy. All the old "ordinary" bikes had solid rubber tires, afaik. Maybe partly hollow for some cusion, but not pneumatic. The tire was usually wired onto the rim through holes drilled through the "sidewalls", as well- not something that would work with tubes.

For style and safety, I'd rather prefer the "Flying Arrow", from I've seen pics of some famous old time racers on them in full body wool skinsuits. At 50 lbs, I'm not suprised the highest "gearing" version is a 48", though I bet the old timers had them bigger.
How about installing aerobars? And then riding on them? nmtz
Jul 30, 2002 11:26 AM
ah,the penny farthingpukka
Jul 30, 2002 11:34 AM
re: I will beat all of you on my new bike..........filtersweep
Jul 30, 2002 6:37 PM
I actually saw a guy riding one of those on a MUT a few weeks ago... it was a repro, but it was freaky... of course there is the unicyclist that wobbles by, and then the guy with his very homemade plywood and plexiglass enshrouded recumbant bike. An inner city MUT is a fright!