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Lightspeed Poster Child(8 posts)

Lightspeed Poster Childsievers11
Mar 25, 2003 8:57 AM
I went on a nice long road ride on saturday because I had to work on sunday. I rode my bike to work in all anticipation of putting in a quick 20 miles on the bike trail to loosen up my legs after work. I have to admit I looked like a punk on the trail because I had been spinning wrenches all day and was wearing a old t-shirt and baggy shorts.

As I was pulling on the path I passed the Lightspeed Poster Child. Fully dressed up, matching lightspeed jersey, shorts, gloves, socks and of course bike. I laughed a little inside because of his expensive "branding" and continued with my ride.

After about 5-10 min I forgot he was even behind me. Obliviously to me he had be trying to catch me...I slowed down because of a bottle neck in the path do to a few families loading into their massive SUVs. The poster child didn't even slow down, zipped on past as he directed to me, "Nice place to stop!" His exclamitory statment to me almost caused him to slam into some kids, luckly he didn't.

If he was trying to piss me off, it worked. I sprinted him down in 20 seconds at about 30. I was easily going 10 mph faster than he was, I then slowed down and let him catch up. As soon as he got with in a few bike lenghts I slowly went a little faster, a little faster, until I droped him.

I know it was a punk move on my part, but I think the poster child deserved it. If you want to ride fast and show off, go to the road...there are too many families and children on the bike trails. And to even pretend that you own the trail and the families are on your terf because you have a $4000 bike is anoying. If you don't want to ride with families, joggers and walkers...DON'T USE THE BIKE PATHS.
wowDougSloan
Mar 25, 2003 9:08 AM
I think I understand your sentiments a little, but your message is full of contradictions, like jumping the guy's butt for going fast on the bike path, when you admit to going 30 when he was doing 20.

Maybe a little anger control and tolerance would be good.

Me, I really don't give a crap what people ride or wear. While some might be amusing, I can't imagine anything that would incite anger. For all you know, they guy's wife splurged and bought him all that stuff for his birthday, thinking she loved the guy and was doing something nice.

If you must make a point and feel you need to teach the guy something, pull along side and say something meaningful and sincere, like "you may be new to the bike path, but we try to keep the speeds down a bit, particularly when passing people stopped."

Now, go to your nice place and meditate.

Doug
Yeah, I know.sievers11
Mar 25, 2003 9:22 AM
It was a huge contradition to go as fast as I did on the bike path, it was a bone head move.

I don't care what you wear, I have a whole fuji outfit that matches my bike...it just seems around where I live there are few good riders that ride $4000+ bikes and those that do are snobs. I felt like I had won a little battle.

I don't mean to generalize, but as a whole the bike comunity is a tight knit one and very friendly.

I think i have a new evil pet-peave.
Reminds me of the time this Fuji no-helmet poster boy.........nmSpunout
Mar 25, 2003 9:57 AM
Oh my God, I agree with Doug! (nm)53T
Mar 25, 2003 12:53 PM
did i read that right?JS Haiku Shop
Mar 25, 2003 9:19 AM
"If you want to ride fast and show off, go to the road...there are too many families and children on the bike trails."

You disapprove of fast, aggressive cycling on a bike path frequented by families and children, yet you sprinted up to 30 to catch the guy, slowed to 20 to let him latch on, then dropped him--on the bike path?

"I sprinted him down in 20 seconds at about 30. I was easily going 10 mph faster than he was, I then slowed down and let him catch up. As soon as he got with in a few bike lenghts I slowly went a little faster, a little faster, until I droped him. "
Can't we all just get along?Fez
Mar 25, 2003 9:34 AM
1. Although I have never heard of the "Lightspeed Poster Child" or a "Lightspeed," it sounds like you described an expensive bike ridden by a bad cyclist. But who cares what he was riding or how he was dressed? Its not a good idea to counter his unsafe moves with some unsafe moves of your own. Lead by example, tell him how to ride safer if you think its appropriate.

2. What did you prove by passing him at 30? Maybe its time to do some yoga on your off days.
This is a prime example of my thoughtsLazywriter
Mar 25, 2003 7:58 PM
on why roadies are such a$$holes. Dude, mind you own fu(king business and let the guy be. The fact that you are so affected by this and you would come here and comment on it makes you look like a bigger tool. It is LITESPEED as well you moron.