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Ollie was asking for it ...(15 posts)

Ollie was asking for it ...Humma Hah
Aug 10, 2002 8:29 AM
... a few days ago, I reported my satisfaction in whupping my young French friend, Olivier, as we rode home after work. That was just a friendly ride in which he tried a few sprints past me. One reader compared it to playing chess with a retarded person. The victory was not so much as worth bragging about, more a damnation of Ollie's smoking habit.

But the night before last, we were chatting after work with one of the new interns, when he started to brag a bit, stating how he had really not tried that hard.

"Wanna race, punk?" I teased.

"Yeah!" He ran inside the building to get his (well, actually MY) bike. The 1999 Diamondback Sorrento I use for a beater bike is about 10 pounds lighter than the cruiser, and is a 3x7 with a 3:1 top gear, compared to the cruiser's single 2.56:1.

We started out on the road out of the airport, and I pulled steadily away. At the entrance, about a mile, I stopped to wait until he could catch up. A minute or so later he pulls up, panting. "Bloody hell, I'm out of shape," he admits.

The light changes and we take off again. I show little mercy as we turn north on 28 for a shallow climb of about 2 miles. I can't even see him back there as we approach the next turn. I'm about 5 bpm below my AT, still with more to give.

Again, I wait for him. He comes puffing up and we ride together down Stonewall. "You know," I apologize, "You'd probably beat the crap out of me if you'd give up smoking."

"Yeah," he admits. "And I'm going to. Mostly, my girl back in France hates it."

That's great to hear. I'd like to think that getting his 22-year-old butt whupped by a 49-year-old fossil on an antique lead-sled had something to do with it, but True Love is a powerful motivator.

We both had a run at a radar speed sign on Stonewall on a slight downhill. I got a halfway decent run at it and registered 30, fast enough I might have won a speeding ticket. I want another crack at it: if you hit 32 it turns red.
Humma scores another for the old guys...Djudd
Aug 10, 2002 8:46 AM
On the edge of 40 myself, I now take guilty pleasure from hearing comtemporaries whuppin' on the young boys. Not nice I know but it is one of the privileges of fossilhood.

Go Humma Go !!!
I got beat by a girlcyclopathic
Aug 10, 2002 8:58 AM
and I can't even quit smoking, 'cause I don't. I was riding above 150bpm while she was comfortably cruising below 120. Didn't help I had high rolling resistance tires and hub bearing shot, it's the bike, right? 8-(
I got beat by a girlHumma Hah
Aug 10, 2002 9:03 AM
No excuses ... I was riding a fat-tired cruiser that weighs 43 pounds as rigged that night.

Of course, when I go riding with the 50+ year-old MB1 and his 17,000 mile-a-year wife Miss M, and they beat me by a mile, THAT I blame on the bike!
Good thing you mentioned that or I was gonna have to open a fresh can of whoopass.MB1
Aug 10, 2002 3:50 PM
So when are we riding again?

NSA/OCE in October with you on your pretty new fixte?
When in October?Humma Hah
Aug 11, 2002 11:34 AM
The Paramount probably won't be ready to roll until mid-October. I'm probably going to need the Trexlertown swap meet to get the last of the parts. I do have a nice 36-spoke high-flange Campy front wheel on it now (although the rim is 27" rather than 700c).

I just had a rear wheel built for it ... a month and a half of waiting for parts, getting the wrong ones in, ordering more, waiting for the build, then got it Friday and the #$#@! LBS had ordered a 130mm free/free flip-flop hub instead of the 120mm fixed/free I had specified. I took it back this AM and got the purchase price credited to my card.

What are you using on your flip/flops, and where did you order them?
Do you have a reliable wheel builder?Lone Gunman
Aug 11, 2002 12:14 PM
Take a look at either Excelsports or Harris Cycle at Suzue or some of the better offerings Harris might have. The Suzue that are not 36 hole hubs, you have to buy in pairs. The 36 rear on the basic track Suzue is sold as a single hub. Harris will space it for you to a 120mm by changing out the axle for a fee or removing spacers since the basic axle will handle up to 130mm. Harris also can build your wheel but I think his prices are real high on builds. I got my 700mm36 hole rims from (Sun) but if you want Mavic or higher end rims in a 27", it could get tough to find.
I have an UNRELIABLE wheel builder ...Humma Hah
Aug 11, 2002 12:50 PM
I have two, actually. The first is the bozo I just took a new wheel back to for a refund. It was actually competently-enough built up, he just did it with the wrong parts!

The other poor wheelbuilder is me. I've rebuilt wheels on the cruiser twice, and they're ... servicable ... but not entirely round.

The Suzue Basic 36-hole is exactly what I'm considering (to match the 36-hole high-flange Campy on the front). I'm trying to figure out if it can be that much worse than a comparable $162 Phil. I've got the question posted on the Retro forum
First or second Saturday.MB1
Aug 11, 2002 1:38 PM
We have to decide this month, do you have a preferance?

I got all my parts from Licktons and built it up myself (I only trust wheels I build-at least when something goes wrong I have no one to blame but myself). Harris cyclery should be a good source too.

I'm using a Dura-Ace double threaded track hub with a Shimano cog and Shimano freewheel. I had to space the freewheel out a tad since both sides of the hub are set for track cogs.
Second Saturday is the Trexlertown swap meet ...Humma Hah
Aug 11, 2002 1:53 PM
... which is a must-attend for me as it is reported to be a goldmine of retro fixie parts. So it looks like the 'Mount will be sitting this one out.

S'OK, the cruiser is intended to remain my primary ride for centuries and slightly more. The 'Mount was for brevets and double-centuries. Would have been nice to see if it would have allowed me to keep up with you and Miss M, tho'.

I'll try to be in shape for it. I've not gotten in much distance riding, just commuting, but can stretch the ride home to a decent distance if I make an effort. Weekends are shot due to work schedule and an upcoming move (we're getting a new house about a mile away,2-car garage, at the end of August).

Did you see my post on the Rides board? There's an annual Tour de Canal on the C&O towpath. The whole length in 2 days, supported, as a fundraiser. Can't make it this year but DEFINITELY next year.
I got beat by a girlWCC
Aug 10, 2002 11:09 AM
THe last race I did they combined juniors and the 3 women who showed up with the CAT 5's. one of the fems was a pro Mountain Bike chick. Quite a reality check. She smoked most everyone. I think she came in like 5th or something.
re: Ollie was asking for it ...davee
Aug 10, 2002 2:03 PM
This story reminds me of a ride with my son-in-law year before last. He is a really fit younger guy, but gets very little saddle time. He wanted to accompany me on a long ride, and I welcomed his company. 23 miles from home, I told him the prudent thing to do would be to head home, but he wanted to press on, which made our out and back 46 mile ride a 65 mile circuit. He had to drop out at mile 40 and call my daughter to come pick him up. After making sure he was OK, I finished the ride in. I had been kind and supportive of his efforts all the way, but he just plain bonked. Nowadays, when fitness comes up as a topic in our family discussions, he has a real respect for old guys on bikes.

Davee (age 52)
This Old Geezer....Geex
Aug 10, 2002 3:18 PM
...Swapped lead-outs with a tri-geek on an Aegis for 23 miles this morning. He faded (though not a lot) over the last seven miles. We rode together on the return loop and as we split up, he says 'I'll tell the boys to be careful up and down here... I got snuffed by a fify-year old...'

The youngsters can still warm this old soul...
Way to keep us old (46) guys trying...koala
Aug 10, 2002 6:07 PM
Actually I feel better than I have in 15 years due to cycling and diet. I am looking forward to cycling for as long as I can balance a bike.
Yesterday they showed the 2001 Ironman on TV ...Humma Hah
Aug 11, 2002 11:38 AM
... I enjoyed the heck out of seeing much older fossils than myself finishing. The oldest finisher was something like 79, and they followed the progress of a geriatric nun who'd DNF'd in a bloody crash the previous year, made her 14th finish in this one.