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Why the hell???

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gazzaputt, 18 Jun 2008.

  1. gazzaputt

    gazzaputt New Member

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    Do others feel just because I ride in Lycra and a road bike that they must take life threatening risks to try and beat me in a commute race??? I'm not bloody Lance Armstrong.

    Had 2 in 24 hours. First last night runs a red the turns right across the flow of traffic. Second this morning I'm slowing for the roundabout as traffic is approaching from the right. Fella cuts out from behind straight into traffic cuts left in front of me and off he goes.

    So to the guy on the Scott in red Specialized gear helmet hanging from your bars in Plumstead and the guy on a Yellow Saracen hybrid at Canning Town if you like a race let's get together at the crystal palace crit where hopefully you won't endanger your life and others.
     
  2. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Phew, wasn't me then
     
  3. biking_fox

    biking_fox Über Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    "Do others feel just because I ride in Lycra and a road bike that they must take life threatening risks to try and beat me in a commute race??? "

    EXTRA POINTS!

    unless you lose them for the taking risks bit. If you dress as a racer/roadie, you will be raced. But there's no excuse for jumping the lights or cutting up a fellow cyclist.
     
  4. hackbike 6

    hackbike 6 New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road.
    Yeah I see all that lycra...what's all that about on a commute?

    The very thin tyres and the bikes that weigh less than a bag of sugar.wtf is that all about?

    Are you Lance Armstrong?
     
  5. Absinthe Minded

    Absinthe Minded Veteran

    Well, suppose you've got a long commute; why not wear something comfy and save as much energy as you can?
     
  6. hackbike 6

    hackbike 6 New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road.
    What do you class as a long commute?

    My above posting was meant to be taken a bit tongue in cheek anyway.
     
  7. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

    Location:
    EDINBURGH
    He is posing for the ladieeeeeees!
     
  8. jassy-x

    jassy-x Well-Known Member

    ....I agree....even on a short commute....I only have about 10 miles each morning, but like to put in quite a fast pace...get to work, have a shower, get changed etc.......sod that cycling to work in the same gear I need to wear in the office all day...I always like to regard my commute's as short training runs....and you've also got the weather to consider!!!!
     
  9. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London

    Oh yes!!!!
     
  10. jassy-x

    jassy-x Well-Known Member

    ....oh yes......and that as well;)
     
  11. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I love commuter racing, even though i'm not commuting. But i think it has to be dont where you dont have to put others and your life at risk.
    I find that riding next to them and chatting while picking the pace up really helps, and you burn them faster and they then wont try to race you for a while.
    Burn them quick then relax. Although when i want a nice gentle ride i hate it when you overtake someone, pulls in and whe you lok behind they are trying hard to keep up. You just have to pick the pace up then to get rid of them and put out their missery ;)
     
  12. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    In my case, sweat management ;)
     
  13. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Make the ride to work alot easier, and I can't break the habit when I used to commute 20 miles to work
     
  14. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Overtaking the lycra lads is great fun! Me in my baggies and footie shirt, them in their sponsor-splattered tops and skinny bikes n all...

    I normally give a cheery 'hello' as I pass, but this only seems to add insult to injury, as they never say owt :angry:
     
  15. gazzaputt

    gazzaputt New Member

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    Ladies in the office do like my lycra!

    Anyway I wear it as I use my commute as training sessions so find it beneficial.

    The very thin tyres and the bikes that weigh less than a bag of sugar.wtf is that all about?

    Speed my friend speed.