Draftin’ is happenin’
‘Festive season’ came as a 4-month block for one slack like me.
Water too cold (for swim), Too hungry (for run, since it’s always at dinner time right?), and of course – too familiar drinks on Fridays made Sat rides a rarity.
Getting too comfortable on the tandem and the pure lack of cycling – my embarrassing first reaction when I got on the bike again last tues was:
M: Shem, did u do anything to my bike? The handlebars feel loose, like it turns too easy
S: No, because tandem bikes hold straight, u don’t need to steer.
For smart-aleck statements, call 1800-GOM-SHEM
Anyhow, this was a new ride, a new start for 09 (bit late, yes). Almost 2 years from the time I was lured to get on a bike to go for ice cream till then, I was always nervous getting too close to the wheel in front of me. Seeing good people clip wheel; scratches, bruises, crashes – always way too plausible an occurrence for me.
Old man said – easy one. High note whispered that he’s going slow cos he sneaked out for a spin on Mon but don’t tell the boys.
I feel unsure, wobbly even as I started the ride. Reassurance from Old man – you’ll be ok after a while. I was grateful that easy meant easy that day - it wasn’t a pom pow, but a gradual increase in speed and pace. Drafting they say, helps save 30-40% of your energy. Unsure of again how safe I would be, but loosing steam too soon - I really didn’t want. As we rode, it got easier, I stay close, but not too close. Old man’s a good draft.
I was not going to ride faster even if I felt I had the energy. I was just gonna stay behind someone’s wheel – just in case. Then it became clear. Drafting IS Happening. Up the slopes, along the flats, just keep to the wheel. It was like tandem. Just separate tandem. Bridge the gap, then can rest. Enjoying it so much that I kept right behind when Hi-Note pow-ed the last stretch.
I was beaming. I was having the best ride day in a long time. That, and newfound love for my beloved bike.
Last tue - a The @sian Amateur Animal ride. A couple of monkeys and a pack of dogs. You know what I’m takin’ about.
Posted by Beef on behalf of brunetti
Taking suggestions on what (road)bike would look good under zeeman.
On going discussion, I want a buy a pair of race wheels. Zipp 404s are currently on top of my list. Also on the list are Easton EC90 aeros, TTs, Mavic Cosmic Carbon SLR and SL.
I’ve ridden the Zipps and they feel fast. They don’t roll any better then my Fulcrums but they are faster. I have heard mostly bad things about the reliability of these wheels. Will Clydesdales make any difference?
Any thoughts? No preference between clincher and tubular. I do realize that there is step change in weight between the two…
As usual Sunday afternoon, the SMSes were sent about who was riding… My excuse was the trail was probably going to be wet with all the rain we had… Keith said the weather was too ‘nice’ not to ride. I guess he was right, cos there I was at 3pm at the trailhead. I had a plan today. If no one showed (as expected) I would ride 1 round and go home.
There was one there when I started my ride. To my surprise, the trail was completely dry. So half way around I decided that I would ride the trail in reverse when I got back to the car park. We have been riding BTT for more the 10 years. In that time the trail has gone from challenging to mostly boring. NParks has made an effort to smoothen the trail to make it ’safer’ so parts that were hard to climb/descend are now relatively smooth (easy). Strangely while the trail has gotten easier, our times around have not reduced!
I rode the 6km in 24 minutes today. The ride was smooth and there was not much foot traffic. Maybe with OM there I may have gone a minute faster…maybe not.
Anyway, I reached the end and turned around. In the time that we’ve been riding the trail, most of us are able to make it all the way around without unclipping, meaning we are able to ride everything. I had to get off 3 times in reverse! My excuse is that in their effort to preserve the trail, NParks has taken to putting PVC pipes at the top of a lot of the drop offs (when in reverse these are the tops of the climbs) so I couldn’t make it over… lame… And of the sections that have been paved to make them ’safer’ are pretty hard to climb but I made those.
So if you were on the trail today between 3-4pm and saw a guy going the ‘wrong’ way, my apologies. But the thing is that it was a much more interesting ride, so I may be doing it again…soon
O, if you care, 26 minutes the other way. But it felt like 100% more effort required… my only excuse is that I couldn’t bomb the downhills for fear of running over someone…
It was not too long ago that I met a “psycho” riding BTT without a chain….around Sept 1995 to be exact. Its now nearly 14 years since and we have come this far, real quick. It means we have been having lots of fun in the meantime.
Thanks to Beef for the updates, it looks like this is a new beginning…..so soppy….c’mon, keep riding!
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