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25 road miles on a Free Spirit mtb. with a kickstand.What a poseur(12 posts)

25 road miles on a Free Spirit mtb. with a kickstand.What a poseur128
May 20, 2003 12:40 PM
My second group ride with the B group in this cycle club and this young woman shows up with that bike for her first ride of the season. Everyone was of course very accepting, as should be, and I couldn't help thinking about the threads here regarding posers and appearences and stuff.

The kickstand knocked me out. A new bike too. She's looking for a road bike to upgrade.

Had to smile when well into the ride in casual conversation I said this was the B/C group and she looked dissapointed, as if to say: "Oh, damn, I wanted to go with the A group." The A group last night were these five animals with bulging legs. She made the right choice. But how impressive is that! No clips either. Although I did suggest that at a certain point her abilities might oustrip the bike and she could get uncomfortable or hurt a little.

I had no idea Free Spirit was still around. That was my first 10 speed, after the Schwinn Stingray.

Just goes to show ya!
She's free to pose if she looks good doing it ...Humma Hah
May 20, 2003 2:31 PM
... and considering that she apparently did pretty well, I gotta guess she's fairly fit.

I once held off a triathelete for several miles ... he was finishing up a 112-mile training ride, but it bugged him he was having so much trouble dispatching a platform-equipped coasterbrake cruiser ridden by a guy in slacks. He said I reminded him of a type of rider they have in Australia, who rides a rat-bike in rat-clothes and whups everyone: a "Wolf in Fred's clothing." Could it be that's what she was?

I adore kickstands, especially if the mount is built into the frame. The biggest drawback with my short-coupled Paramount is that particular frame won't accept a kickstand, and I was hoping to mount one just to hear you all scream.

I bet you wish you still had the Stingray. I suspect you're not quite as sorry to not have the Free Spirit.
LOL. And true re the Stingray. nm128
May 21, 2003 4:02 AM
By dressing down you can also be a poser....Bruno S
May 20, 2003 9:39 PM
I have this friend that is a very strong rider but always dresses with t-shirts and loose shorts. He has done 22,000 mile years and riden 1200km rides like the Paris-Brest-Paris and Boston-Montreal-Boston. On a single year he did 11 Double centuries. His bike is never clean and he likes to carry stuff on a backpack. It cracks me up when racers show up for the ride and he drops them on the hills. They cannot understand how this happens because he just doesn't look "fast". He told me once he had never tried racing! I am sure he could have been a great racer.
humma hah's grandfather?tarwheel
May 21, 2003 6:22 AM
When I was in my 20s, I rode BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia) with my wife. There was a guy on the trip from Savannah -- and I am not making this up -- who was in his 60s. He was riding a rusty old one-speed cruiser that he pulled out of his basement and cleaned up for the ride. The tour averaged more than 60 miles a day and this old guy was among the first ones to finish each day. I talked to him and he told me he used to race motorcycles. The guy missed his calling, he should have been a bicycle racer. Really nice old man, too. He was in very fit condition, lean with no flab.
Cross examination53T
May 21, 2003 5:11 AM
This was a "free spirit" MTB? Your suspicions are correct that Schwinn no longer markets the Free Spirit, which of course was a 10-speed road bike.

Perhaps the free spirit she was riding was not a Schwinn. There is a manufactrer called Free Spirit out West somewhere they do small production moutain bike frames, decent quality stuff, from what I hear.
Cross examinationJS Haiku Shop
May 21, 2003 6:32 AM
Free Spirit was the Sears house brand. i'm uncertain if they were made by Schwinn or otherwise, but i think the contention was wheather Sears still ran the line or no.

my first "10 speed" was also a Free Spirit. i recently saved that bike from a dumpster death, and was surprised to feel how heavy (easily 30+ pounds) it is.
No objection128
May 21, 2003 6:37 AM
I hear ya. It was some weird hybrid thing with knobbies.
Maybe she made the whole thing up: it was actually a DeRosa that she welded an over-frame onto an found some old free spirit decal?? My suspicion is that she was an X-Man mutant on her way to school....

We'll see if she shows tonight
re: 25 road miles on a Free Spirit mtbJS Haiku Shop
May 21, 2003 6:33 AM
what was the average speed of your 25-mile B/C ride, and over what terrain?
She was an X-Man I think: Fre(e)d Spirit128
May 21, 2003 6:57 AM
We did flat terrain averaging 14. So no big shakes. It was a recovery ride for me lest you think I am some kind of weakling sub-mench,(ran hard for 3 hours the day before: playing Ultimate disc, if you're familiar with that field sport: competitive frisbee) and there was no B group this night.

I find myself a 'tweener: in between B and A. The A is doing 20 miles at like 20+ over varied terrain (I only know two routes so far)and the B group did 15m at 16ish but I was really chompin' at the bit. Found this cycle babe and we rolled together at around 18+. I'm new to the group and group rides so I'm really just workin g things out.

Anyway, back to X -Rider. She had the tell tale X-Man saddle too: This wide cozy-killer thing with two giant springs "BOING BOING BOING" with every square stroke. But she had fantastic rpms, over 80 for sure. Just hustling right along, gears slapping and sticking all over the place. God bless her! (unless she's an evil Magneto spy) I'll check her and her rig out a little more closely tonight if she shows....
re: you should've asked phone #cyclopathic
May 21, 2003 8:20 AM
but putting obvious oversight on your side there's nothing unhuman about it.

She might be an MTBer, commuter or just plain poser. On my 32mi commute which I ride on MTB for safety /lotsa broken pavement, glass, storm drains etc/ I meet and drop a few roadies who get upset sometimes. However there're some commuters who can ride me off the wheel, even given my road bike with aero wheels. And guess what they ride your typical 20$ yardsale bikes.
867-5309. I'll worry about that.You just stick to the topic. k?128
May 21, 2003 9:44 AM
Nope. It's her first bike. First ride. Does not have another sport. Did nothing over the winter. She does yoga. So we discussed sun salutations. "BOING BOING BOING" I was silently cracking up the whole time.

But sure, nothing superhuman about it necessarily. Just an amusing aspect of a ride....