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why people get so unfriendly on climbs?(29 posts)

why people get so unfriendly on climbs?cyclopathic
Apr 16, 2003 4:27 AM
you start talking and they don't even answer, just give you "that look" and heavily breath
heh-hehgregario
Apr 16, 2003 5:01 AM
My wife gives me hell if I start talking when we're climbing on our tandem. That's after we've reached the top and she catches her breath of course.
..you must be making her do all the work! ;-) nmSpunout
Apr 16, 2003 5:11 AM
yup, she says if I'm able to talk I'm not working hard enuf(nm)gregario
Apr 16, 2003 5:39 AM
She's wrong, it just means you're in better shape than her;) nmspyderman
Apr 17, 2003 2:26 AM
Maybe it's because...Alexx
Apr 16, 2003 5:13 AM
...they are using all their lung capacity just breathing, and are therefore unable to tell you to SHUT THE F**K UP!!!!???
Just a thought.....
"Can't talk............I'm busy breathing!!!" nmTower
Apr 16, 2003 5:43 AM
simpleJS Haiku Shop
Apr 16, 2003 5:45 AM
either they're pissed becuase they're grinding 30x27 at 30 rpm and you're walking past them pushing your bike

OR

they're pissed because you're passing them spinning 30x27 as they're walking, pushing a 15-lb $5000 bike geared down at 39x25

i've been lucky enough to be case #1 and case #2 and case #3, but never case #4 (no undergeared/overpriced bike here).
I only notice it under two circumstances ...Humma Hah
Apr 16, 2003 5:58 AM
... either I'm being passed, in which case we're probably both out of breath,

or

I'm passing them, in which case I've probably just informed them that they're being passed by 42 pounds of antique singlespeed Schwinn cruiser.

The second situation is the more common one. Climbing brings out a competitive streak in me.
do you make a point to inform them? nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 16, 2003 6:05 AM
Only if ...Humma Hah
Apr 16, 2003 6:48 AM
A) I can still breathe and talk, and

B) It looks like they've got the competitive bug, too, and are trying to hold me off. Otherwise, I usually just say something encouraging, if anything.
you must include those with Record CF cranks :) nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 16, 2003 6:58 AM
I definitely inform those with carbon wheels ...Humma Hah
Apr 16, 2003 7:30 AM
... I can't count the number of roadbikes with Spinergy wheels I've passed on hills. I believe they were only sold to folks with more money than leg muscle. I cannot resist razzing them.
PAIN.........nmspc15
Apr 16, 2003 5:59 AM
maybe it's youmohair_chair
Apr 16, 2003 6:10 AM
Those people are even more unfriendly on descents. You pass them a foot away going 45 mph, and they don't even say hi. Jerks. Posers. Freds.
I find the opposite....unless its a race!CARBON110
Apr 16, 2003 6:21 AM
People I pass on climbs are the most friendly. They see my skinny azz zipping up the hill and always say hello. Most of the time I pick my ride specificly for the climbs so I usually do any big climbs twice. So, even on the second time up after I passed them once already going up and once coming down, I pass them a second time going up and I have never been given any kind of ""look"" or words exchanged. A race of course is different. Last year on Roan Groan I was going up the bottom of the 8 mile climb, which is the steepest, and blabbing with the head group about all kinds of studies about drafting on hills. I wa looking around saying "" did you know that you can save up to 30% more energy by just drafting on a hill? and every three feet you get further behind the wheel in front of you, you use up 3x more energy...for just three feet!.... How much further anyone know?""
It was great, everyone was wheezing, and nodding in agreement but looking at me like....cant wait to drop that guy :)
Roan Groan...Fredrico
Apr 16, 2003 6:45 AM
I hate guys like you: loping up a big hill like it's all in a day's work, not seeming to suffer at all. It's amazing how noticeable losing 5 pounds of fat in the spring is on a long climb.

Last night, a guy passed me going up a rise, you know, "On your left, excuse me!" He was towing a trailer with his two little daughters in it. I'm still bummed out.
Wow - towing a trailer w/his TWO lil' daughters, eh? Impressive! (nm)jtferraro
Apr 16, 2003 7:45 AM
not an issue when you get dropped at the bottom nmDougSloan
Apr 16, 2003 6:44 AM
cyclopathic you have ruined my daybigrider
Apr 16, 2003 6:51 AM
because I am visualizing you riding by me, all cheery and asking me some meaningless question like "hey does that 27 cog do the trick for you on these climbs" and you say it loud enough so my freight train breathing doesn't drown out the question. Snot is running from my nose but I don't have an extra breath to blow my nose so I let it run. You pull away without your answer and I can barely see you top the peak because the sweat is blinding my eyesight.......

Thanks a whole bunch.
I would never do such thingcyclopathic
Apr 16, 2003 7:01 AM
I mean pulling away from a friend I ride with is rude. Unless you'd say go ahead or I am tired and wanna keep climbing rhythm you can count on me.
just hope you can trackstand if you ride with me. ha ha nmbigrider
Apr 16, 2003 7:23 AM
Hah - good job painting the picture! (nm)jtferraro
Apr 16, 2003 7:47 AM
"What are all those gear-looking things on the back wheel for?"Humma Hah
Apr 16, 2003 8:31 AM
... is one of my favorite questions to ask.
loaded question...sievers11
Apr 16, 2003 7:12 AM
I have never seen such a subtle question tell so much about the person asking the question's cycling ability.

You should has been more clear and stated, "I am a bad ass on hills, why does everyone else suck?"

Don't be player hate'n.
BingoSpoiler
Apr 16, 2003 8:58 AM
We have a winner!
don't call me a poser 8-Pcyclopathic
Apr 16, 2003 10:52 AM
I get dropped on hills, quite often actually. Mostly not because I run out of breath.
A recent conversation on a hill -- picture this:bill
Apr 16, 2003 7:21 AM
A 6'4", 150 lb teammate strides up hill past moi. It's a 10 mile climb, maybe a half mile vertical. I am breathing through my mouth, because the snot has clogged everything else and is now dripping streaks onto my top tube. And my chest.
Andrew: "Hey, Bill, you all right?"
Bill: "Uh, no."
What more was there to say?
re: Perhaps it's because....teoteoteo
Apr 16, 2003 1:01 PM
they see your lips moving but can't hear a thing over your head rattling