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August 20, 2010



I am reminded of the old saying about sailboats. If there are two boats in the same area there is a race going on. Even if only one of the skippers knows it. Same with bikes going the same direction on the road.

They are about the only races I ever win and I don't win many of them.


It happens to all of us. My wife says that I’m so old I had better not break anything because they don’t make parts any more. You get smart, crafty. I wait until I have the advantage of height.
There he is ahead and below me – doesn’t see me in the sun. Open up just a little to bring up the revs. Just a little closer now then I wing over and dive. The speed climbs, the wind whips past my ears and her frame begins to shake. The engine temperature edges higher and higher. I feel hot coolant around the edge of my helmet. Closer and closer - just little more and he’s in my sights.
Now! Everything you’ve got! Wide open! Attack-attack-attack-attack!
Passed in a flash. I’m a blur, a flashing grin. Check the mirror - got him - never saw it coming.
Nothing beats a P-40 in a dive!

Jeff S.

There's nothing more tempting on my ride home from work, than a roadie in full kit - to race!

You see, I have something to prove - that a recumbent trike can keep up with a road bike. Gosh, I hope I never meet Lance though. I think my heart would burst from my chest trying to keep up with that guy!

John Romeo Alpha

I have a consistent pace that I maintain on my commute. If I pass someone, it's only about the pace, not the race. It cracks me up when I hear the click of gears and get passed back competitively, if I do, because I'm not racing...but more often than not, my pace will grind them down a mile later, and I'll pass them again. I'm in it for the long haul, not the sprint to the stop sign.

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Bill Bean

  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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