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  • sc-xc
    Member

    your club sounds ace.

    Premier Icon winstonsmith
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    here’s an idea: why not tell the mtber, rather than us? it might have more impact

    roadies are such charming folk

    (so they keep telling me)

    backhander
    Member

    Go away.

    BTW, Why can’t they wear camelbaks?

    Premier Icon boxelder
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    How odd.
    Wasn’t he at the front, on the hills?

    joe1983
    Member

    yeah, what’s up with a Camelbak?

    Jase
    Member

    You better hope he doesn’t turn up again, if he can hang on for 100 miles on his 1st ride he’ll be kicking your butt after a few rides 🙂

    MrSmith
    Member

    what’s the camelback got to do with it? yes a bottle is better on the road but using one or turning up with a flat bar road bike with flat pedals doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t going to do your bit at the front.

    Premier Icon lunge
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    Or to translate:

    Went for a ride with a road club today, no one seemed that friendly so i just sat at the back and kept my self to my self. I don’t own any roadie gear so i had my baggies and camelback on, but I was only there to ride bikes after all not on a fashion parade. Tried to offer a tow to some people on the hills but they kept overtaking me so I sat at the back for the rest of the ride.

    Don’t think i’ll be going back.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Drafting for 100 miles is easy, he will never kick butt.
    I’m sorry but you just don’t wear a Camelback on a road bike, in the same way that you don’t wear a peaked helmet or stop every 30 seconds to take a photo.

    I’m sorry but you just don’t wear a Camelback on a road bike

    because you are a fashion victim 🙁

    or stop every 30 seconds to take a photo

    nothing to see

    I know that i’d need more than two bottles over the course of 100 miles during a warm day….camelback seems a sensible choice!

    sc-xc
    Member

    what other rules do I need to bear in mund when riding my bike David? I often have fun, is that OK with you and your humourless gang?

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    lunge..babelfish never works that well does it

    We spoke with him loads, nice and friendly at the cafe. So why oh why did he feel the need to prove something on the hills? It really pisses you off when you’ve done 30 odd miles on the front without a break and instead of offering to help he decides to expend all his energy attempting to show total mastery of the hills. We even spoke to him about it, calmly suggesting that it might be worth doing a turn, his response was that he couldn’t go on the front as he didn’t know the way, which seems odd as the rest of us listened to the guy with the GPS and went left/right/straight on when told.

    Premier Icon Wookster
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    wow sounds friendly!! re-affirms my non road bike/anti club feelings!! Dont really know what it is about the fashion police TBH I’ll ride with any one on any bike in any kit (wouold think they were daft if they dont wear a lid but still! Their head eh!) but rodies apart fom not saying hello and neevr under any circumstances using a cycle land even when only moving at the speed of a injuryed snail in full team kit cant all be bad eh…

    But then I’m sure your just having a sunday night Troll eh!?!

    MicArms
    Member

    David, why are you selling your house? Is it not as damp and miserable as the bridge you currently have your eye on?

    Jimmer
    Member

    Oh dear, a roadie tool has come along to give them a bad name….

    ron jeremy
    Member

    Can’t we add this to the ‘Reasons to be cheerful’ thread as i am peeing myself reading this!!!

    When I ride my mountain bike, I’m glad of company, but I don’t rightly care what other people wear, carry or do.

    are all roadie clubs like this?

    Aidy
    Member

    Wow, now I remember why I don’t do roadie stuff

    2hottie
    Member

    Your road biking club sounds SH*T!!!!, Im glad I ride mountain bikes..

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    sc-xc – you have to point out holes in the road, use brakes sparingly, stop and help for punctures, carry enough food for the ride and money for the cafe. Quite simple really, not a lot to it.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    LOL @ MicArms – a good, observed, balanced perspective!

    druidh
    Member

    Wookster – Member

    wow sounds friendly!! re-affirms my non road bike/anti club feelings!! Dont really know what it is about the fashion police TBH I’ll ride with any one on any bike in any kit (wouold think they were daft if they dont wear a lid but still! Their head eh!) but rodies apart fom not saying hello and neevr under any circumstances using a cycle land even when only moving at the speed of a injuryed snail in full team kit cant all be bad eh…

    In English?

    trail_rat
    Member

    tbh anyone thats spent anytime with a roadie club would feel the same way …. there is absolutely no one less welcome in a roadie group than a wheelsucker …. except a wheel sucker who attacks on hills … just makes you look like a retard !

    not sure about the camelback issue …

    but the peak issue is because you will strain your neck if you spend any time one the drops !

    trail_rat
    Member

    tbh anyone thats spent anytime with a roadie club would feel the same way …. there is absolutely no one less welcome in a roadie group than a wheelsucker …. except a wheel sucker who attacks on hills … just makes you look like a retard !

    not sure about the camelback issue …

    but the peak issue is because you will strain your neck if you spend any time one the drops !

    Premier Icon Wookster
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    😯 oh my god I agree with SFB……….

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    The Camelback thing was the joke/irony/fail bit of the post…but ..it’s STW isn’t it

    trail_rat, my peak put me in hospital, fell off and jammed front wheel.

    Road bike riders are to be regarded with the utmost contempt. They are without exception boring, miserable, unskilled and missing the point. Forum users are instructed to shield their eyes from road riders by using the five large flaps of skin hanging from their waist. Forum users with lightweight Ti-hardtails are instructed to use their fifth chin if the waist section cannot be reached.

    extract from davidB website…. mtb forum guidelines …how ironic

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    What does my house have to do with this?

    Zedsdead
    Member

    DavidB, I really liked your piece titled ‘MTB Forum Guidelines’. Made me smile.

    Anyhow, attacking the hills etc, meh! don’t worry about it. Although it is a bit rude not to take a spell at the front.

    Premier Icon twinklydave
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    his response was that he couldn’t go on the front as he didn’t know the way, which seems odd as the rest of us listened to the guy with the GPS and went left/right/straight on when told.

    did he mean that or did he mean he didn’t know all the subtle hand gestures that confused the hell out of me on the first few group road rides I did?
    Going on the front and neglecting to warn people of a ruddy great pot hole is worse than just sitting at the back – though maybe he shoud have been honest about it!

    Maybe he didn’t think he was very good on the climbs – lots of magazines and websites suggest going off the front at the start of climbs if you’re not a good climber.

    Try and get over the camelback. If he’d turned up without enough drink and had blown up he’d have been a tit. If he’d turned up equipped for a 3 week tour of the arctic he’d have been a bit of a tit. The fact that he decided to carry his drink on his back isn’t really any of your business
    EDIT: aah, you were joking. sorry.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Oh the irony mookiebaylock!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    sounds like a mtber turned up, dropped you all on the hills and you don’t want him back as you can’t face the challenge to me

    Premier Icon Wookster
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    Sorry druidh in brain dump mode (three week old son!)

    I just ride my bike for a laugh, ride with some more able serious guys and some less serious! This just seems really Cliquey and closed door to me new chap you always cut them some slack first time out eh!?!

    But the whole road thing seems so uptight and anal. I just cant see the fun really,

    I live in a village one road in and out, it does however have a cycle lane which every one bar full team kit wearing rodies seem to be able to use and it does my nutt when I am going to work or home! when the cycle lane is ther to be used by bikes goes the same way as the road therfore has no disadvantage bar admitting that you cant maintain 30 mph up hill…

    oh my god I agree with SFB…

    don’t worry, I’ll soon post something you can disagree with and normality will be restored :o)

    my peak put me in hospital, fell off and jammed front wheel

    if I didn’t do all the things that caused me injury I’d have to stay at home, possibly in bed…

    druidh
    Member

    Wookster – Member

    Sorry druidh in brain dump mode (three week old son!)

    LOL – and you’re awake enough to post here??

    FWIW – I thought Davids OP was quite funny (as is his MTB Forum Guidelines). But then I do both road and off-road cycling, so what would I know.

    0091paddy
    Member

    haha, this thread is full of crap!

    MTT
    Member

    hmm, being a full time Road rider I’d tend to agree that constant wheel-suckers are a pain, especially when combined with showy hill attacks. Remember though that this may have been his first run out with the club, he hasn’t picked up on pack riding etiquette (hand signals, turns at the front). What he wears doesn’t matter, your legs and lungs should do all of the talking!

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Ok, I’ll try and explain it a bit more rationally and see if you get it then.

    On a long road ride the group tries to cover distance well by taking it in turns on the front. The front is where you push hardest against the air and wind. Therefore the riders on the front do more work than the rest. The general idea is that if you all take turns to do a bit, you spread the effort and the group moves faster as a whole. This works to a lesser extent on the hills but keeping the group together as much as possible helps.

    Some riders are not as strong as others and consequently can’t do as long on the front. Being a nice bunch, we kind of accept this and the stronger riders will spend longer on the front to compensate.

    So, it’s a bit galling when you have one person who is happy to not help AT ALL but clearly has the energy to sprint up hills. We could chase him down but we don’t ‘cos we know we need to conserve effort to help everyone home. It’s worse when you try to have a civil word and they ignore you. So then you get desperate and rant over the internet at his brethren .. always a mistake. In my mind, he reminded me of how I feel at MTB events when I hear “elite rider coming through”.

    Don’t think we’re that miserable at all tbh in the club. Road cycling at speed (20mph+) does need some discipline and proper behaviour. Think of a bunch on the road as a huge communist collective all working to a common goal, apart from the single fascist who has infiltrated 🙂

    And you’d be Stalin, DavidB….although to be honest you sound a bit like Smee/Glupton.

    I can sort of understand your arguement but I think you’re getting a bit wound up if it was just a club sunday ride.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Yep, you’re probably right so I’ve got the rigid singlespeed out for a quick spin to chill out.

    Premier Icon ton
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    davidb, i ride with a road club
    they take great pleasure in leaving me on every climb, they NEVER help with punctures, non of them have ANY sense of direction, they do not have ANY road sense……..
    i usually get to the cafe before them, oh and i am going riding in the pyrenees with them in 2 weeks.
    i WILL be wearing a peaked helmet and possibly a small camelback.

    i like roadies, they remind me how nice, friendly, hospitable and helpfull mtbrs are.

    TON…..(closet roadie)…………… 8)

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    Please don’t turn up wearing a Camelback, sit at the back for 100 miles apart from attacking like a maniac on each hill and thinking we love your awesome climbing ability….oh and if you want to know why we dropped you on the last few miles we’d be happy to explain it to you AFTER YOU’VE DONE JUST ONE SIMPLE MILE ON THE FRONT.

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