Went for a ride yesterday

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Went for a ride yesterday

Postby briztoon » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:19 pm

and was getting smashed by the head and cross winds. That's what you get for being tall and lanky I guess. I saw a couple of other guys out for a ride, which is pretty rare for the time of day I go for a ride. So what's the etiquette for swinging a u-turn and taking on behind other riders? Can you politely ask is it ok to join other riders.

I'm up to 50k rides, but (yesterday) it takes me ~2 hours, so probably not up to keeping with the fit riders out there.

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Re: Went for a ride yesterday

Postby K2 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:23 am

Don't know about etiquette but on Sunday afternoon I'd have offered cold, hard cash for a tow back up the V1.

Made the mistake of thinking the NEish crosswind wouldn't make much difference on the way back. As soon as I turned at Coomera it felt like I'd entered a wind tunnel. On the positive side - the hills provided a bit of a wind shadow so getting over them seemed relatively easy in comparison. The other positive was spying a black cockatoo for the second time down that way. Not a single other cyclist. Seems I was the only one stupid enough to head out that late. Did I mention the computer was showing 34º as I set off?

And, as is often the way with the wind around here, nearing home and heading SWish along Clarks Rd I was still getting the occasional strong gust directly in the face! :? I was trying to decide if I was stuck in a cyclone or just cursed, then I felt something between my shoulder blade and spine pop as I got out of the saddle to negotiate the intersection with Drews Rd, felt the twinges getting worse as I continued, and knew it weren't no cyclone.

Still, had a great trip down, saw a bird I've only ever seen once before when not in the mountains, and went for a very pleasant hour's spin this afternoon without too much complaining from the back.

But enough about me. Back to you...

Asking politely seems to work well in many situations.

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