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Old August 1st 17, 09:18 PM posted to
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Default New bike for Jay

On 2017-08-01 08:45, jbeattie wrote:
On Monday, July 31, 2017 at 8:18:39 PM UTC-7, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On 7/31/2017 5:45 PM, AMuzi wrote:
On 7/31/2017 4:24 PM, wrote:
What,abt the nww bike performance ?

I find that new bike performance is limited by my old legs. YMMV

... and lungs. And ticker. Plus, the fire in my belly is largely

The fire sometimes comes back, though. We (my wife and I, riding
tandem) were on a pretty leisurely club ride a couple weeks ago. A
new young guy had showed up, and we were riding along chatting with
him. He said he rides to stay in shape for his other sports, etc.

As we talked, one of our club members who's notorious for such
behavior decided to hit high gear and crank away out front for a
while, then wait for the rest of the crew to catch up. When he did
that, the newbie suddenly ended our conversation, saying something
like "Excuse me now..." and took off.

I though "Excuse me???" and told my wife "Let's go." So we reeled
him in and were a comfortable ten feet behind when he caught the
rabbit. For icing on the cake, our rabbit guy (as he always does)
left the leisurely riders for the last five miles or so to crank in
at 20 - 25 mph . My wife and I were close behind, and the newbie
was a distant third. It was quite satisfying.

But with a tandem, terrain is everything. If it weren't fairly
flat, we'd happily ride back with the leisurely crowd.

(P.S. Don't interpret this tale as a claim that I could stick with
Jay, Tom or Duane, let alone James.)

I'm old and slow. I wouldn't ride with you because you'd be in the
middle of the road. I'd keep saying, "hey Frank, get over here.
You're going to get whacked." You would scold me for being a gutter
bunny, although I don't ride on the fog line and rarely ride anywhere
with a gutter. We'd ride up on Joerg who would have a pannier full
of water, a couple CPUs and a growler. He'd be complaining about
psychopaths in cars and the fact that his Gazelle didn't come with
factory rack-mounts and room for 35mm steel belted tires or a o-ring
chain. He'd have to stop every fifteen minutes to pee. I don't think
this NG would want to ride together.

Only one pee on a 4-5h ride. My PSA test came back 0.4ng/ml so no "urge
to go" from that department. However, I might bow out of the r.b.t.
peloton the millisecond I spot a brewpub. You son would probably already
be in the next county by then and leave us old farts behind.

Regards, Joerg

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