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Fiona, train like crazy while he's away (all of you), sandbag when he's home (he won't see it coming), when you are all close to his level & he's away, go out & buy electronic shifting bikes for all of you bar him, then blow him away, give pointers, etc. when he gets back & can't stay on the 'bunch'. All in good nature of course, it's good you guys have all gotten the cycling bug, I've seen that you've been riding a few events, all of you I think.
The family that plays together, stays together.
Seriously though, I think he's just trying to give positive encouragement, maybe buy you & the kids MP3 players to lessen some of the 'encouragement'.
Had lots of fun this morning riding with SCCC - 38.5kms, average still only 22.6 but did 53.9 down a hill - that was scary - there was a really steep bit that I totally mucked up the gears and came to a screaming halt and had to get off and walk up the second half of the hill - no way could I clip back in and get rolling - tried that once before and went a over t.....
will go back during the week and tackle that brute again - I will make it !!!
I reckon an electronic motor to go with the electronic shifters would be the go!!!
will let you know how the boy responds when he's home - he's back Tuesday and we are going to play at the new crit track near Noosa - that should be fun.
It is great that we can all do it together and I do feel for him after all he has me, plus four daughters - enough to send any poor man spare
take care and have fun this weekend - I'm off to watch the 'real' riders in the elite races at Noosa - should be fun.
Hint, if you need to re-start on a hill, point your bike dow it, then do a U-turn once you are rolling and clipped in again. Much easier than trying to do it going uphill. Sure, you lose a little ground. That'll learn ya.
You have officially become your parents.
Not necessarily downhill, but perhaps sideways.. but still somewhat in the direction you need to go. Doing u turns can be problematic on some roads with traffic.
great advice re hill starts - seems obvious when you think about it and common sense - but it NEVER occured to me.
hmmm could be why my fella feels it necessary to give me advice all the time.....
Got to tell you that I finally showed this thread to my girls today before we went for a ride - we laughed so much the neighbors stuck their heads over the fence to see if we were OK - we must be very loud when all together !!! poor fella my bloke!!
Consensus was it sooo Dad - they loved your comments and were in fits over some of the suggestions you made and the youtube video - especially the line...'just want to make sure you are doing it the right way"
All agreed fit their Dad to a T - they have a new determination to launch a surprise sprint attack - just arguing now on who is in the train and who will 'do a cavendish'
I am going to suggest a race and as I pass them all (it will be a short sprint) I can claim victory - as I will be the only one who knows where the finish line is... this will teach them an important lesson on how to finally beat Dad..
Not to be argumentative, but it's safe and easy to coast very slowly down-hill while you clip in, then do a U-turn quickly using the down-hill momentum.
Going side-ways would involve crossing the road while trying to clip in, a much less safe scenario. If the U-turn is a problem due to traffic or visibility, you certainly don't want to be wobbling across the road looking at your pedals.
You have officially become your parents.
went back yesterday and climbed them - nearly died doing it but got over them -
I sooo wanted to stop - it hurt so much But I did it -
BTW - the last time I tried to clip in on a hill (due to cramps in my calves on a 100km ride) I fell over trying to get started going up the hill (road rash) tried again -this time went to go sideways, ran out of road and fell over (gravel rash) and the last time I tried someone took pity and gave me a push.
hence if I ever have to stop again (but I won't cos I will spin and spin and spin!!) I wil probably head down, clipping in as I go and if its a really wide road I could do a u turn - or else as punishment I will get to the bottom turn around and just start again - that'll teach me for piking it.
no the road was fine - I am just a lousy rider - flat out doing a u turn on the flat - wobble,turn, wobble turn - amazing how hard it is to ride slow!!! and as for track stands!!!
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