I think I figured it out!

DonDaddyD
DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
edited August 2009 in Commuting chat
I enjoy riding my Giant SCR because as I sprint past other cyclists I can hide safely within the delusions that with a better bike I'd be even faster. I constantly fettle and tweak my SCR. Fact remains that after a wheel (Fulcrum raing 7's), Utegra triple crank and seatpost upgrade there is little more I could get out of the bike - any other improvement is going to be mostly cosmetic - yes i could upgrade the fork but the frame would hinder it.

My Kharma is too perfect.

Sure I could get carbon spaces and probably will do at some point and better wheels but the fact remais, minus the white bar tape, the bike is exactly what I wanted with exactly the equipment I wanted on it.

This means if there is a hill I can't climb quickly or a person I can't keep up with, that's it no delusions, I simply wasn't good enough..... hell.
Food Chain number = 4

A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game

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  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,766
    DDD,

    does that mean you need to find a new home for your Kharma? :lol:

    Dan
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
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  • UndercoverElephant
    UndercoverElephant Posts: 5,796
    edited August 2009
    I find that I try less hard on the BeOne than I did on my old BSO. Sure I go faster, but as I'm never quite so knackered when I get to work as I was, I know I could put more in. I think I really quite enjoy being the underdog, and always like to upset the order of things.

    That said, I have a huge smile on my face every time I'm on the BeOne, so maybe I'm just enjoying myself too much.
  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    No it means that I need to ride it like I've never ridden anything else before, all the time everytime!

    MTFU pales in comparison to what the Kharma demands.

    Oh Yeah!

    (Anyone else feel that way of their best bike, that there is an expectation to be uber fast?)
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • Stuey01
    Stuey01 Posts: 1,273
    I'll give you a £100 for it.

    even though you put shimano on it.

    one
    hundred
    pounds.

    Think it over :wink:
    Not climber, not sprinter, not rouleur
  • stuaff
    stuaff Posts: 1,736
    DDD, for god's sake....
    You're not good enough for the Kharma, allegedly. LiT doesn't think she's good enough for the Maxima. And I know I'm not good enough for the Magnifica. But, and it's a big but.......
    Does it matter? Really? Only point that matters: Do you like the bike and do you like riding? Well get out on the road and work at it instead of moaning about what is, by any stretch of the imagination, a very nice bike. Put the work in and you will get faster. I have a way to go, to put it mildly, but I am definitely able to ride harder and longer than I could 18 months back. And poor old Karen will help you by making those efforts count.
    Sure there are some upgrades you could make. Dura Ace? Fulcrum Zeros? :)
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  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    No it means that I need to ride it like I've never ridden anything else before, all the time everytime!

    MTFU pales in comparison to what the Kharma demands.

    Oh Yeah!

    (Anyone else feel that way of their best bike, that there is an expectation to be uber fast?)

    MTFU DDD. It's your bike, just get out and ride it.
  • Bikequin
    Bikequin Posts: 402
    I know exactly what you mean, if I ride my Madone into work then i feel as though I must ride hell for leather at all times. Combine this with wearing a team top and its agony but not as bad as the perceived agony as being scalped whilst riding my P&J.
    You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quin.
  • Clever Pun
    Clever Pun Posts: 6,778
    I'm going to scalp you on my brompton DDD... now MTFU and go harder
    Purveyor of sonic doom

    Very Hairy Roadie - FCN 4
    Fixed Pista- FCN 5
    Beared Bromptonite - FCN 14
  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Bikequin, you've got it in one.

    It's not so much that I don't want to ride it, its just that there is an expectation that I'm riding for life each time I get on the saddle.

    It's a good thing, right up unitl you realise that you aren't an EPO user and will struggle up a hill... then reality hits you and you have nothing to hide behind (in terms of excuses) like a sh*t bike... again in someway's a good thing - I would never have tackled Wimbledon hilll in my big ring....

    Not being good enough doesn't mean I'm not going to ride her (Karen hehe)... just means that I ride her with a completely different mindset than Donovan (my commuter - who I can go on a pootle with, without a care in the world).

    On Karen there is an expectation to ride until my heart hurts...
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • Clever Pun
    Clever Pun Posts: 6,778
    Shamelessly ripped from another site

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EY7lYRneHc&feature=player_embedded

    Take heed

    Edit: DDD why didn't you just name your bikes Kylie and Jason and have done with it :wink:
    Purveyor of sonic doom

    Very Hairy Roadie - FCN 4
    Fixed Pista- FCN 5
    Beared Bromptonite - FCN 14
  • stuaff
    stuaff Posts: 1,736
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Bikequin, you've got it in one.

    It's not so much that I don't want to ride it, its just that there is an expectation that I'm riding for life each time I get on the saddle.

    It's a good thing, right up unitl you realise that you aren't an EPO user and will struggle up a hill... then reality hits you and you have nothing to hide behind (in terms of excuses) like a sh*t bike... again in someway's a good thing - I would never have tackled Wimbledon hilll in my big ring....

    Not being good enough doesn't mean I'm not going to ride her (Karen hehe)... just means that I ride her with a completely different mindset than Donovan (my commuter - who I can go on a pootle with, without a care in the world).

    On Karen there is an expectation to ride until my heart hurts...

    I think CP's hit the nail on the head here with that vid. HTFU. Or just learn to enjoy riding, whichever bike you're on.
    Dahon Speed Pro TT; Trek Portland
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  • Bikequin
    Bikequin Posts: 402
    I don't seriously find it agaonising and I love riding my bikes into work- I just understand what DDD means when he says he feels he has to try that bit harder when on the nicer of his bikes.
    You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quin.
  • isn't this the issue behind the Food Chain Number the closer to zero the more you have to worry, while into double figures it's happy place as almost any over take is a victory though not sure that mine mostly small children in the park count it must be said!
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    Actually DDD you have a point: Yesterday I caught sight of a bloke cycling (pootling in fact, pootling in a very pootley manner) down the Uxbridge road. He was wearing rolled up jeans, a cotton t-shirt, non sporty sunglasses and rocking a courier bag and a rucksack! "What was he riding?" I hear you cry, well (and here's the shocking bit), he was riding a Pinarello Prince, just like mine, with carbon FFWD wheels, just like mine. Honestly, wtf was he thinking....




    ...turns out it was actually me :shock: Did I give a fcuk what the quizzical looking bloke riding a spesh Tarmac who passed me thought? Nope.
  • Stuey01
    Stuey01 Posts: 1,273
    Actually DDD you have a point: Yesterday I caught sight of a bloke cycling (pootling in fact, pootling in a very pootley manner) down the Uxbridge road. He was wearing rolled up jeans, a cotton t-shirt, non sporty sunglasses and rocking a courier bag and a rucksack! "What was he riding?" I hear you cry, well (and here's the shocking bit), he was riding a Pinarello Prince, just like mine, with carbon FFWD wheels, just like mine. Honestly, wtf was he thinking....




    ...turns out it was actually me :shock: Did I give a fcuk what the quizzical looking bloke riding a spesh Tarmac who passed me thought? Nope.

    scalped?
    Not climber, not sprinter, not rouleur
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    Stuey01 wrote:
    Actually DDD you have a point: Yesterday I caught sight of a bloke cycling (pootling in fact, pootling in a very pootley manner) down the Uxbridge road. He was wearing rolled up jeans, a cotton t-shirt, non sporty sunglasses and rocking a courier bag and a rucksack! "What was he riding?" I hear you cry, well (and here's the shocking bit), he was riding a Pinarello Prince, just like mine, with carbon FFWD wheels, just like mine. Honestly, wtf was he thinking....




    ...turns out it was actually me :shock: Did I give a fcuk what the quizzical looking bloke riding a spesh Tarmac who passed me thought? Nope.

    scalped?




    No thank God - he was going the other way!

    Anyway I wasn't commuting. :D