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Dear spotty little half-term herbert...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by betty swollocks, 22 Oct 2007.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    do not subject yourself to humiliation by imperiously overtaking an old fart on a long steep hill, unless you are quite sure you can maintain your pace.:rolleyes:
     
  2. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Hope you cycled beside him wordlessly for a minute or two before sweeping off down the other side of the hill.
     
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Was on my fixie.
    I just drew level for a few moments to wish him a good morning with a grin and then disappeared into the blue yonder.
    It would have been a bugger if he had swept past me down the other side with my little legs going like the clappers, but I never saw him again.
     
  4. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    It's not just spotty kids on half term, it's seasoned commuters on Embankment who think they can go past me while I'm building up speed on a fixed.

    They never keep up when I pass later.......
     
  5. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    you should have offered him a mushroom whilst alongside. That would've shown him.
     
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    I did, I gave him quite a wide berth.
     
  7. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    and he was driving right?:rolleyes:
     
  8. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    brutal!

    :rolleyes:
     
  9. Pete

    Pete Guest

    I'm a little bit depressed by this thread.

    Could it be that this
    as you call him, has the makings of a serious, motivated and committed cyclist? And has he now been put off? As far as I can see, overtaking or attempting to overtake a fellow cyclist is not a personal affront. Why ridicule or disparage him? Everyone's got to start from somewhere. Chill out and let it go, folks!
     
  10. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    I don't think so, having overtaken "an old guy" in the first place will have given the young fellow an ego boost. Being overtaken later will leave him in awe of his elders...no bad thing.:rolleyes:
     
  11. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    On the other hand he may well be put off for life, if Betty's username has any truth in it.
     
  12. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Hahaha...i had this a couple of weeks ago...

    Rode out of work on me hybrid....one of the guys rides alongside, we both making good pace for about a mile....he's giving me some chat about how fast he can go :rolleyes:

    Hundred yards further on, he suddenly says....you got the leg burn yet ???

    What!!!......i can go like this for another 20 or 30 miles yet B):tongue: i replied :biggrin::biggrin:

    I'm sure he muttered 'bugger'...as he suddenly veered off down a side street :rolleyes: :biggrin:

    A put down? Not intentionally. If it spurs him on to better things, brilliant.
    If it learns him not to brag before he knows who he's bragging to....
     
  13. OP
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Hello Pete. It's always difficult on forums such as these to get exactly the right nuance to your post, but I had hoped that the smiley and elements of self-mockery ('old fart' 'my little legs going like the clappers') might have lent mine the jocular element that I had intended. Obviously I was wrong or you were not perceptive enough to discern it.
    He was a spotty little herbert on a rather nice Specialized Stumpjumper MTB on the pavement over the other side of the road. When he saw me, he bounced off the pavement, cut across the road, came up from behind and overtook me at speed. Thirty yards ahead, I saw him waver, his cadence slowed and all I had to do was maintain my speed.
    He may well have the makings of a serious, motivated and committed cyclist.
    He's also a wiser one now;)
     
  14. Pete

    Pete Guest

    No problem, that's cool, I knew exactly where your post was coming from, just that I'm bothered about some attitudes to teenage/inexperienced cyclists you see on the road, who really are trying and just haven't got the cadence or rhythm yet. Not all teens are chavs or hoodies!

    But it was the bit you left out earlier:
    that adds a whole new flavour to the encounter. Of course, I have little time for the pavement-artist/RLJing/knees-level-with-ears/ types - I feel they're doing the 'cause' (if there is a 'cause') of cycling a disservice. But I tend to merely blank them, seeing as I don't have the legs or stamina to run them down... :evil:
     
  15. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Hehehe, I can see both sides. I'm largely with Pete in principle, though I'm sure Betty's encounter was all in a spirit of fun.