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Postie encounter?(18 posts)

Postie encounter?DougSloan
Nov 30, 2003 9:46 AM
Yesterday in the foothills outside Fresno, CA, a guy passed me on a rolling country road doing 5-10 miles an hour faster, and I was doing a good 20 mph. I had seen him approaching in my rear view mirror. He had a long sleeve Postal/Berry Floor jersey, Postal shorts, and was riding a team looking Trek. He was alone. I said "how you doin?" as he passed, and he said "hey." I did not recognize his face. He was thin and pro looking, not some lard butt (like me).

So, what were the chances this guy was genuine? If he was a poseur, he was a damn fast poseur. How would you identify a real Postie pro?

Ask him, that is if ....Live Steam
Nov 30, 2003 10:07 AM
you could catch him :O) Just kidding, but if you were able to ride along side, he may have his name painted on the TT. They usually do so the mechanics can identify them. Can't think of any other way short of asking him.
even if I couldDougSloan
Nov 30, 2003 10:22 AM
Even if I could catch him, which was maybe a 50/50 chance, I fear that that would be so uncool that I'd be humiliated. I bet they, assuming he was the real thing, get that a lot.

The name on the TT thing might be a good clue, assuming he didn't pass so quickly it was blur. However, I would think that eye contact at that point would be better than where I'd need to be staring to see the name. ;-)

Did he look like any of these guys?undertrained
Nov 30, 2003 12:25 PM
don't know; need to see the other side ;-) nmDougSloan
Nov 30, 2003 1:33 PM
They're all Headed to campteoteoteo
Nov 30, 2003 3:06 PM
All the boys are arriving in town(Austin)today and tomorrow. The camp runs Nov.30-Dec 8 and will be a quiet affair--no real press allowed. They want all the new riders to get to know each other.

For all the Postie fans out ther they were in Austin last week working on a new series of TV commercials and print ads. I was lucky enough to get a job as a bike prop guy for the print ad--it was an interesting time. I'll try to post some of my pics when I get time.
Anyone know where this shot was taken? NMhuez
Dec 1, 2003 2:55 PM
That explains it....AFrizzledFry
Nov 30, 2003 3:24 PM
I live in the same town as Patrick- saw him yesterday out riding. He was coming in, and I was going out(Live in the same neighborhood). Was curious as to what he was doing in town. I assumed that it was for thanksgiving...maybe not.
Hey Frizzledteoteoteo
Nov 30, 2003 6:33 PM
Are you talking McCarty? If so did you catch the piece in VeloNews?
Hey FrizzledAFrizzledFry
Dec 1, 2003 6:34 AM
yeah Pat McCarty. I've got a subsription to Velonews, and sure did catch it! Thanks though, I appreciate it. I don't know the guy personally, but a couple of my riding partners used to ride and train with him. They are all the same age(I'm a couple years younger- only 20).

I'll be coming down to Austin in mid January for school Teo- you work at Bicycle Sport Shop, right? I need someone to align my Time Impact Mags for yall have someone who really knows his stuff w/ cleats/pedals??? How much does it cost, if ya don't mind me asking here?

Take Care and Cya Soon,
Hey Frizzledteoteoteo
Dec 1, 2003 8:34 AM
A typical pedal alignment is $20 and I do quite a few of them though we don't sell too many Times. I do have a technical guru at my disposal that can help me with the nuances of the Time pedal though.

I was fishing on the VeloNews article question--I wrote the article. I do some stuff with them now and again. Pat was nice enough to call from Belgium and we did the whole thing over the phone. It was a bit longer but VN clipped it down--they should know better than to alter perfection (laughs).

You can either call the shop or add to my handle to find me.
re: Postie encounter?TimePedal
Nov 30, 2003 6:47 PM
Couple of things you can look for...Did his bike have a number hangar peg? Was his long sleeve jersey a full-zip or 1/4 zip(team-issued only)...
re:Shimano XT Headsetteoteoteo
Dec 1, 2003 6:15 AM
Before the Chris King deal came around the bikes all used modified 1 1/8 Shimano XT Headsets. Some of the bikes still have them.

Shimano only makes threaded so the team mechanics took the threads out with a dremmel and modified them to work with threadless.....what a pain
Most of the Posties will have an accent since few are US ridersTig
Nov 30, 2003 7:17 PM
My sister has seen them several years now at the country club off Bee Caves Road in the gym (don't know the name). She said they are always courteous, and of course, mentions their legs!

Looks like their off season is over.
Yeah, no doubt. US Team? I think not. nmAsiago
Nov 30, 2003 7:34 PM
Heck, Lance has an accent. But didn't they have 10 or so USdjg
Dec 1, 2003 8:21 AM
nationals on the team? I'm not talking tour riders, but they had a bunch of US-based pros this past year--most of whom weren't selected for the tour--if I'm not mistaken.
That's Nothingpurplepaul
Nov 30, 2003 7:53 PM
I see so many unidentifyable Posties rolling around Central Park, I've stopped slowing down to get their autographs.

I just wonder how they can go so fast in the Tour when they're so fat and slow in the park.

Go figure.
hahahahaha......see if I can find some tomorrow.R600DuraAce
Nov 30, 2003 8:38 PM