Silly commuting racing

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  • chewachewa Posts: 164
    Nothing better than catching someone who has passed you (often I'm in a world of my own as I wear an ipod switched on when on the cyclepath) and sneaking up behind them, clicking up a gear on your ergos and as they hear the click seeing them look round with that resigned, crushed look in their eyes!
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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  • 2wheelzgood2wheelzgood Posts: 373
    mean! but fair I think!

    Chewa, having read another topic of yours, would I be right in assuming you might sneak up on the girls with ventilation and pause a second over their shoulder before clicking up a gear? :twisted: :lol:
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  • chewachewa Posts: 164
    mean! but fair I think!

    Chewa, having read another topic of yours, would I be right in assuming you might sneak up on the girls with ventilation and pause a second over their shoulder before clicking up a gear? :twisted: :lol:

    How very dare you! :lol:
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    While dahn saff Dahon Speed 6 FCN 11!!!
    Also 1964 Flying Scot Continental
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    BTwin Rockrider 8.1
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    Couple of others!
  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    JonGinge wrote:
    No heroics today ;) In fact, I didn't complete my commute. Got left-hooked going through fulham and have a face full of road rash*. Many thanks to the guys who stopped and sorted me out a bit, much appreciated.



    * bike is mainly ok.

    Oooooogh

    That's the Universal Karma God monkeying with you.

    One day you drop a scooter on the Blackfriars underpass - Hero.

    Next day you have an off and look like the elephant man. For myself I'm just relieved that I have one less predator to compete with on the embankment.....
    One further consideration is how to locate your victims/pursuers.

    This is exactly what I worked out last night this morning.....

    So I'm getting drafted by a Klingon last night...... lurking all the way down the embankment.. Made his move on the parson Green Stretch running into the lights but failed in his breakaway and I had him 100M down the road - he was my singlie scalp - problem was - was he fixed or freewheel - couldn't tell without looking too bothered....

    Also this morning I was lining up two shaved (like a lady) roadies on Putney Green - a brace of scalps to start the day I thought - I was reeling them in but they went on the inside of the traffic queue and got blocked in. I knew then as I went by on the outside that I'd fluffed it - That they had hidden from me in traffic and had prevented me scalping them on a technicality - had they seen me coming?
    Finally, experienced secret racers may have a fourth option: spidey senses.

    Amen brother - coming along Lower Thanes this morning (after my hybrid ambushing) I felt a presence and had a peek behind as I moved out to avoid a left turner (allowable as I see it) there he was 200m behind me moving at speed......

    It was on. I had to make it to the lights at Thames gateway - with the mountains of tower hill in between to get to safety. Endorphins and Adrenalin racing I was off - needless to say mon braves that with 200m to make up and me with my hair on fire he did not have me.....

    So this morning I let two shaved (like a lady) roadies escape me when I should have given them space to be dropped properly but avoided a proper bumpiing.

    I'm booking it as a win.



    GT
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  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    virtuoso wrote:
    I'm that competitive that I've never been overtaken in 6 months since I started my 23 mile commute, and never been unable to overtake anyone..

    Virtuoso is target number one - I'll support a formal Declaration of Cool to anyone who scalps our man......

    So then big lad where are you riding and how will we recognise you?
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  • snookssnooks Posts: 1,521
    I've got a couple of days on the train today and tomorrow (after work drinkypoos :D ) But I hope to be back soon....17 to beat remember

    Think I might buy me a shopper with a basket and do a bit of tweaking... :twisted:
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  • 2wheelzgood2wheelzgood Posts: 373
    is that llike those ford fiestas you see burn sprts cars off cos the owners is on oldskoolford.com and is a mega keen mechanic who has fitted a cosworth engine, but put a "baby on board " sticker in the back and dented the side panels on purpose for good measure...
    that's underhand that is!

    I'm going to get a bmx but put a silly gear sp I can do 25mph!
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  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    snooks wrote:
    I've got a couple of days on the train today and tomorrow (after work drinkypoos :D ) But I hope to be back soon....17 to beat remember

    Think I might buy me a shopper with a basket and do a bit of tweaking... :twisted:

    Oh!

    Now it comes out. So Snooks puts in one big show and wakes up this morning feeling a little stiff and bails onto the train.

    I'm on this all week and have my cousin to beat around Richmond Park this weekend......

    I think there is a big chance that Snooks posts that he dropped "Ian Hislop on a road bike this morning" - i.e. ME - as I'm so degraded from 120 miles worth of Food Chaining that I succumb to a bloke on a rusty MTB....

    Snooks is playing off a handicap way to high for him and we all know it....... Dude I think you need ot do the neccesary - get yourself a road bike.......

    How I'm going to find 18 Shaved (like a lady) Roadies or Singlies in a single night to beat him is going to be very tough.......

    Perhaps there should be an inverse scoring system.... Big Guns bring more points?
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

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  • snookssnooks Posts: 1,521
    Greg T wrote:
    snooks wrote:
    I've got a couple of days on the train today and tomorrow (after work drinkypoos :D ) But I hope to be back soon....17 to beat remember

    Think I might buy me a shopper with a basket and do a bit of tweaking... :twisted:

    Oh!

    Now it comes out. So Snooks puts in one big show and wakes up this morning feeling a little stiff and bails onto the train.

    Erm..... 17 Vs 3! :wink: On this mornings performance you'll have to ride for 5 days more to beat me!!! :P No one said it would be easy!!! hehe

    Anyway, I try to commute in about once a week, and usually I'm only in the office about two days a week...So it's not as if I can do it every day. This week has been an exception, so I'm making the most of it and going for beers after work...For a lardy like me 26 miles in a day is god going, let alone doing it two days in a row :)
    Greg T wrote:
    Snooks is playing off a handicap way to high for him and we all know it....... Dude I think you need ot do the neccesary - get yourself a road bike.......

    How I'm going to find 18 Shaved (like a lady) Roadies or Singlies in a single night to beat him is going to be very tough.......

    You could wear baggies and put a pannier on!!! :twisted:

    That would take you to a fast hybrid

    I don't know whether I could be a roadie, don't I have to be about 12ft and never breath or perspire?
    Greg T wrote:
    Perhaps there should be an inverse scoring system.... Big Guns bring more points?

    Then everybody would have to have their scores on their back and calculator on their handlebars.

    Oh and what do you get for a segway: http://www.segway.com/

    Dropped one on the approach to Westminister bridge last night! Surely there must be a Brucey Bonus for rarity :wink:
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  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    snooks wrote:
    Then everybody would have to have their scores on their back and calculator on their handlebars.........

    Oh and what do you get for a segway: http://www.segway.com/

    Dropped one on the approach to Westminister bridge last night! Surely there must be a Brucey Bonus for rarity :wink:

    Yes - I had problems remembering three.........

    As for dropping a Segway that is both cool and unusual.....

    We should view exotic scalps as Bonus - like little bike caps.

    Tandems! Double Bonus for bagging a tandem - I've seen one with a father / daughter (just being rude here there is a "slight" age difference and I fancy her - hello by the way if you post here) combination on the embankment a couple of times - they are however rapid......

    GT
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

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  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    Greg T wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I've got campag shorts and jersey... am I supposed to feel dirty now? :cry:

    You need feel no shame.....

    Unless a chick on a Shopper drops you - then basically you've got to hand back your entire accumulated lad voucher stack and start again.

    High risk high danger.

    I might get me a little bike cap to really ratchet up the pressure on myself

    I passed 12 on the way home including 2 flipfloppers (I couldn't tell what side they were running)... yey this morning I passed 8 I think.. all below me on the 'scale' tonight I'm off to play netball on the A3/A24 there's loads of fodder there plus a couple of challenges potentially as well

    all while wearing a condor cap... come get it :lol:
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  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I passed 12 on the way home including 2 flipfloppers (I couldn't tell what side they were running)... yey

    this morning I passed 8 I think.. all below me on the 'scale'

    all while wearing a condor cap... come get it :lol:

    If you scalped 12 dudes higher up the chain than you then you are a hero......

    If we are talking blue on blue (class on class) or even worse bagging old ladies on tricycles then we have to have a chat.....

    We should get some embankment peleton "Great Game" little bike caps made up - a cheap and simple way to identify players - wear one of those and you'd cycle like a man possesed.

    Virtuoso hasn't answered up yet.... Perhaps he's regretting his "I've not been dropped in six months" big talk........

    The cumulative effect of playing the game day in day out needs to be considered. I'm not sure I'll be able to hold my own as the week goes on and I'm consistently rifting myself.

    There may be tears on Friday.
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  • ChrisLSChrisLS Posts: 2,749
    ...you guys are so lucky...there is no way I could keep up with your scores...I see about a dozen cyclists, and apart from a couple that can give me a run for my money, I pass 'em all. Oh and there's one I slow down to chat with before I proceed on my way...so I think I might be out of the league...

    ...keep racing...I know you're out there giving it your all...me, I'm doing me bit out here in the sticks...
    ...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
  • BassjunkieukBassjunkieuk Posts: 4,232
    Only just found this thread as I've been off the boards for a few days! Funny this comes up as I was only talking to a work mate about this on Monday after chasing another roadie from Waterloo Bridge and up Kingsway after he timed the lights quite nicely at the top of the bridge!

    I see no problem with a bit of friendly racing, I mean I overtake dozens of cyclist's each day, if one of them then choses to shoot past me then I'll usually give chase! I don't really mind having a brief sprint as I quite like the challenge - I just see it as an extra bit of exercise! At the end of the day it takes 2 to race so the other person has to be in the same mindset as you otherwise it's just you overtaking another commuter :D
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  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    ChrisLS wrote:
    ...you guys are so lucky...there is no way I could keep up with your scores...I see about a dozen cyclists, and apart from a couple that can give me a run for my money, I pass 'em all. Oh and there's one I slow down to chat with before I proceed on my way...so I think I might be out of the league...

    ...keep racing...I know you're out there giving it your all...me, I'm doing me bit out here in the sticks...

    Yeah me too. Being top predator is no fun. Unless I see a roadie shaved (like a ladie) I've no chance of scoring any points.
  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    will3 wrote:
    Yeah me too. Being top predator is no fun. Unless I see a roadie shaved (like a ladie) I've no chance of scoring any points.

    As I see it whilst the opportunity to score decreases and the effort involved increases (looking like you aren't trying to drop someone at 100RPM and 22 MPH isn't easy) as you go higher up the food chain the "push" factor to keep upstart hybrids / slicked up MTBs in their place is in itself a significant effort.

    Yes I want to bag a grown man who thinks shaving his legs is OK but at the same time I want to hold off media executives with reeboks where they belong i.e. behind me.

    Keeping a clean sheet's almost as important as scoring - defence wins games.

    Addendum...

    I checked my tyre pressures this morning - just making sure that I wasn't losing precious wattage needlessly...... Can't remember the last time I did that mid week.
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

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  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    Greg T wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    I passed 12 on the way home including 2 flipfloppers (I couldn't tell what side they were running)... yey

    this morning I passed 8 I think.. all below me on the 'scale'

    all while wearing a condor cap... come get it :lol:

    If you scalped 12 dudes higher up the chain than you then you are a hero......

    If we are talking blue on blue (class on class) or even worse bagging old ladies on tricycles then we have to have a chat.....

    We should get some embankment peleton "Great Game" little bike caps made up - a cheap and simple way to identify players - wear one of those and you'd cycle like a man possesed.

    Virtuoso hasn't answered up yet.... Perhaps he's regretting his "I've not been dropped in six months" big talk........

    The cumulative effect of playing the game day in day out needs to be considered. I'm not sure I'll be able to hold my own as the week goes on and I'm consistently rifting myself.

    There may be tears on Friday.

    oh censored no I stepped up 3 times and passed one equal... but managed a freewheel as I went past :lol:

    I was mangling this with the other game...my bad

    I always get knackered around thursday night after circuits class and friday I coast... not any more.

    People get your 'rank' in your sigs so we can see what you're claiming
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  • rhextrhext Posts: 1,639
    This chain is too depressing. For the first time in months I rode to work on my road bike as opposed to slicked up MTB. Got dropped by (guess what) a slicked up MTB. A week ago I wouldn't have cared. Now it's ruined my day.
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    I'm going to buy a pasha and get loads of points passing numpties... have that :lol:
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  • snookssnooks Posts: 1,521
    Clever Pun wrote:
    People get your 'rank' in your sigs so we can see what you're claiming

    Food Chain Number's Added :D
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  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    rhext wrote:
    This chain is too depressing. For the first time in months I rode to work on my road bike as opposed to slicked up MTB. Got dropped by (guess what) a slicked up MTB. A week ago I wouldn't have cared. Now it's ruined my day.

    That's got to hurt bad.

    Kudos for stepping up a class and risking the slicked up MTB raiders - Snooks are you listening....

    Unlucky for getting scalped by some guy wearing baggy shorts with his boxers showing - I bet you don't get dropped tonight - in fact you should answer up tomorrow and book the win of a clean sheet....

    I've just had my four o'clock slice of malt loaf by the way - attention to detail.
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  • snookssnooks Posts: 1,521
    Greg T wrote:
    Kudos for stepping up a class and risking the slicked up MTB raiders - Snooks are you listening....

    Tummmmm teeeee tummm...sorry? someone say something? :wink:
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  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    Greg T wrote:
    I've just had my four o'clock slice of malt loaf by the way - attention to detail.


    Ahem taking it seriously?
    It;s malt loaf one day, leg shaving (like a laydee) the next...............
  • BassjunkieukBassjunkieuk Posts: 4,232
    I completely forgot about slicked up MTB's! Being a hairy roadie I find it quite annoying when I get one of those ahead of me! Doesn't happen to often tho :-)
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  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    will3 wrote:
    Ahem taking it seriously?
    It;s malt loaf one day, leg shaving (like a laydee) the next...............

    It's either this or I go catatonic by the end of the Embankment and have to crawl into that petrol station that's round the corner for a can of coke and a Mars bar....... nothing tastes better...the knowing looks you get from the roadies as you are slumped by the wall sucking down your can is hard to take however.

    Leg shaving (like Ladies) is a decison for a gentlemen to make in reflection with his conscience - and perhaps his Thai boyfriend.
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  • JonGingeJonGinge Posts: 5,958
    Greg T wrote:
    I've just had my four o'clock slice of malt loaf by the way - attention to detail.

    You've mis-spelled peloton in your sig...

    ... sorry, feeling I'm missing out. This commuter is out of commission until I can replace my knackered 1980's cinelli bars and get my front wheel re-trued. Dagnammit
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  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    JonGinge wrote:
    You've mis-spelled peloton in your sig...

    Yeah! Well you stacked your bike this morning Wang Eye!

    Listen - there's a predator on the block.....

    cntl has just got himself some serious fixie metal but is tooting around on his wife's (who I presume is Miss Marple) shopper.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=14870786#14870786

    Be careful if he gets you tonight you may not have the heart to eat again and pine away for your lost cojones.
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

    What would Thora Hurd do?
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    Greg T wrote:
    JonGinge wrote:
    You've mis-spelled peloton in your sig...

    Yeah! Well you stacked your bike this morning Wang Eye!

    :lol: harsh
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  • JonGingeJonGinge Posts: 5,958
    Clever Pun wrote:
    Greg T wrote:
    JonGinge wrote:
    You've mis-spelled peloton in your sig...

    Yeah! Well you stacked your bike this morning Wang Eye!

    :lol: harsh

    But fair
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  • Greg TGreg T Posts: 3,266
    Don't worry about Jon - he's concussed - he won't remember any of this and by tomorrow his brain will have swelled up so much he won't be able to read it anyway.....

    Still if he gets one of those trikes that you pedal with your hands I'd love to be the first guy to scalp him.
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

    What would Thora Hurd do?
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