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dmc 11-23-2012 02:37 PM

"Passin N' Gassin"
 
Dedicated to the folks that pass me and then "gas out" a block or two later.

In probably 25% of my rides I encounter this phenomenon. I am traveling at a consistent rate of speed to be passed by a much faster rider. 2-5 blocks later, while maintaining the same speed, I pass the same rider traveling at 50 percent of the speed of which they passed me.

q`Tzal 11-24-2012 10:29 AM

I've always assumed it was ego, hubris or just plain testosterone poisoned machismo.

I weight >220lbs, I ride a large steel frame bike with loaded panniers that stick out like little parachutes.
But after lurking the IHPVA "trikes" forum for years I learned that the only way I'd keep cycling for years would be to maintain an 85~95 RPM cadence so as not to destroy my knees. It works great too.
With all that inertia to waste in starts and stops I've learned to maintain a consistent pace.
From my years of driving large tractor trailers I learned more of how to interpret what traffic is going to do before it happens.
I have a disturbing ability to intuit and memorize traffic light patterns.

What this has all added up to is that I am the evil bastard that can cruise up to a red light without ever slowing down because I know when it turn; often I will slow my pace almost imperceptibly synchronizing with a "green wave" several blocks away.
I can see who is going to try to right hook me and just pass them on the left.
I plan far enough ahead to realize that time saved on a MUP is lost at crossings where MUP traffic has no priority or ability to cross safely.

Because of all that when I see cyclists that speed up to pass me and other cyclists just to slow down I just feel sorry for them that they have so little self worth that they must remind themselves every few minutes that they are better than all of the rest of us because they are faster.

wsbob 11-24-2012 10:54 AM

I think the speed up/slow down routine may be a form of conditioning regimen some people are using. I used to know someone that used the word 'intervals' to describe riding a series of sprints, broken with slow down periods. Apparently annoying for some people that have to follow them, but maybe it helps to know not everyone is doing it to be a cowboy.

Spiffy 11-29-2012 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by wsbob (Post 29062)
I think the speed up/slow down routine may be a form of conditioning regimen some people are using. I used to know someone that used the word 'intervals' to describe riding a series of sprints, broken with slow down periods. Apparently annoying for some people that have to follow them, but maybe it helps to know not everyone is doing it to be a cowboy.

I saw this first-hand a few weeks ago... a buddy and I were about to go up the I-205 bridge path to Vancouver when I see a fully kitted rider coming up behind us... I pull over and tell my buddy that since there's a spandex warrior on a race bike gaining ground that we should let them pass now so that they don't have to do it on the bridge...

about 1/3 the way up the bridge we fly past them... turns out they were in their highest gear and intentionally working hard and slow up that bridge... but on the flats they were going fairly quick...

...

so if they're all decked out in lycra on a race bike I assume they're training... if it's just a 20's hipster on a steel frame retro bike then it's probably that they're overly competitive or inexperienced...

q`Tzal 12-03-2012 06:04 PM

A is to B as C is to D (A:B::C:D)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by wsbob (Post 29062)
, but maybe it helps to know not everyone is doing it to be a cowboy.

(doing inefficient racing sprints in the public ROW : not doing it to be a cowboy)::(using "big words" in normal conversation : not trying to insult or belittle others)

I'll blame the vehicular cycling for coloring my view of other road users as aggressors; I can't possibly be to blame for my prejudices. /sarcasm

thumbprinterr 02-05-2013 09:33 AM

when i first saw the title of this thread i thought it referred to passing gas. then i thought, maybe this is a means of accelerating propulsion.. soon nobody in the peloton will be taking epo or whatever, they'll just be scarfing down beans the night before the race. this will have the added benefit of dropping whoever is sitting on your wheel with a carefully timed release of 'propellant'.


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