- Who’s the best biker ?
The one that tickles me is the guy that passes you usually on a climb, then realising he can’t keep up this show of strength for remaining 95% of the climb then stops to either;Posted 8 years ago
1) look at the view
2) Has an imaginary mechanical.
I never purposely chase someone down, if I pass them I pass them.
Two blokes and a girl gearing up to start the Marin Trail just as I arrived yesterday. Girl was one of those types that talks too loud and keeps up an incessant barrage of inconsequential anecdotes without pausing for breath. They head off up the hill with the floozie still gibbering away at maximum decibels. After a puncture repair / fettling session I started up the trail about 40 mins behind them at a good pace. As I approach Hafna the floozie comes into earshot and I see them again just getting on their bikes after a picnic.I set off up the fire road still on a consistent pace but as I pass them one of the blokes decides that he is a better biker than me and starts cranking away furiously, clearly with no other reason than to get to the top of the hill before me. Having demonstrated his amazing prowess he returned back down the hill to join his friends.The most blatent piece of one-upmanship I have experienced. Should I have:
a) Politely acknowledged that he was indeed a better biker
b) Offered to race him over the last 12 miles of the trail and show the cwunt who’s the best
c) Punched him in the face and jumped on his bike
d) Highlighted the analogy between himself and an act of male self abuse
e) Done something else
Or am I too sensitivePosted 8 years agoRudeBoyMember
Ha ha! You got pwned!
Everyone is laughing at you, and your status as a man is now virtually non-existent! You may as well just start wearing dresses, and call yourself Caroline. And forget mtbing; knitting and embroidery are more your thing now.
I quite enjoy overtaking friends on climbs, on me singlespeed. Then sit at the top waiting for them. Smoking a cig.
I is hench.Posted 8 years agosherryMember
I never get bothered about being overtaken on a climb, if they want to waste all their energy on a climb, fantastic. I think its hilarious when someone nearly blows up trying to overtake on a climb. I don’t like to be overtaken on a decent or technical singletrack though! Thankfully that doesn’t happen to often.Posted 8 years agoforge197Member
I’m happy to be overtaken on the climbs, as they are the connectors to the good stuff and I plod up hills so it happens all the time, that said if there is someone else on the trail and they fancy a good hack down a trail then I think it’s good fun, you never can tell how good someone is or isn’t if you don’t know them.
At Afan this weekend there was a real mix of abilities, I came up to a guy waiting mid trail he saw me approach and took off, he was handy on the bike and on that trail so it was a real pleasure to follow him down, he didn’t hold me up and I didn’t hold him up it was just good fun.
On Energy I headed off and mid trail sensed there was a faster rider approaching so at an oppurtune moment pulled over and let them go, didn’t catch them up either they were gone 🙂
But really life is far to short to be worrying about it.Posted 8 years agopslingSubscriber
I was at the Marin Trail today, riding with a mate and his gobby girlfriend (you know the type, hair pulled back tight to stop her getting wrinkles from talking too much).
Anyway, we were out for a gentle pootle minding our own business and took a picnic along with us. We noticed this guy, all the gear and obviously a good rider but he seemed to be taking far too much notice of us. Don’t know if he fancied my mate’s bird or maybe he fancied my mate.
Still, we stopped for a picnic and this guy was kinda stalking us; he’d obviously been holding back keeping an eye on us. Weirdo! We were just getting back on our bikes and a wasp got under my helmet – jeeez, I was off up that hill like Nick Craig but would you believe the weirdo tried to race me. Ha, he had no chance, that wasp put me quicker than Sir Chris. The little bu99er (the wasp that is) got out near the top of the hill so I pootled back down to my mate. Luckily the weirdo appeared to have had enough. He seemed a sensitive kind of guy though…
😉 😆 😆Posted 8 years agoneverfastenuffMember
I always look at what gear ratio the ponce is in when he passes me, when you have been on a bike long enough you can usually tell by the cadence – ie, you know what gear you are using, and when you catch the breathless **** at the top shout out to your mates, “made it in my big ring and eigth sprocket – or something to that efect”Posted 8 years agozaskarMember
Humility, race is in your head,
I love hills but how long have you trained, how far have you ridden?
You would have caned me today as I’ve ridden 150 miles in 3 days so just ignore the show off and me.
Enjoy your riding. If he was that good he’d be sponsered abroad.
Wave your pinky at him? 😈
Maybe he was showing how good he was after an injury? life is too short for thinking about it so ride more!Posted 8 years agoOxboyMember
I really dont care either way, if I pass someone on a climb it shows I’m getting fitter, if someone passes me on a climb it shows I could be fitter! Mind you these whippets who climb well are usually shockingly bad at going down hills and end up getting caught up anyway!!! 😉Posted 8 years ago
Thanks for all the good comment team. Just to expand on my post:
I wasn’t racing I was just doing a good average speed.
I didn’t encourage the guy to race
I was minding my own business
I started 40 mins behind him from the carpark
I was in my middle ring and he was on the granny
If I’d decided to get out of the saddle I’d have trounced the cwunt but have upset my rythm.
Anyone can bust a gut to beat someone up the hill if the want to.
His bike was a silvery thing from Costco
I’m dead old anyway
I did the circuit in 1:56 which isn’t a bad time
I just think it’s infantile
Oops Just read Psling’s post….sorry pal just shows how you can get these things wrongPosted 8 years ago
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