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    Quote Originally Posted by run/bike View Post
    The attitude she gave you while passing aside, I'm just curious as to why you think she's a "cheater"? I'm under 35, in good shape, and commute by bike with an electric motor. I could write a much longer post listing out why I go electric, but it basically boils down to: no shower at work and the bike allows me to keep my focus on running competitively and putting in the miles necessary to do so.

    In the future instead of thinking (and god-forbid yelling) "cheater", maybe consider that her fitness goals are different from yours. I'd be pretty ticked off if someone yelled "CHEATER" at me on my commute into work, especially since most days I've already wrapped up a running workout before hopping on the bike.
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    I feel that after I moved over to let her by she didn't have to keep ringing the bell as if I could have went faster, after all she was moving on mechanical/electric power while I was running on human power. Me catching up to yell cheater would have been me attempting to make small talk & be flirty but with that look on her face she probably would have pepper sprayed and quickly take off leaving me on the ground doing a bike-copter.

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    Wow this is amazing this turned into a discussion about ebikes! Apparently I don't own a " real" ebike though so I won't comment.

    It's pretty cool, though that I can pedal my "moped" close to 30mph with no electric assist, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpfan View Post
    There is only way to "cheat" on a bicycle and that's by shoaling.
    Yes, because that's how Lance wins.

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    Took the long way in this morning and was rewarded with a few sightings and latching on to some fast, but scary riders. These two guys were hauling and sticking real close together, but there was tons of wheel overlap and one sat in the middle of the trail most of the time. Definitely some dicey passes, but a good pace.

    Also got to see the pfar on MVT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpfan View Post
    There is only way to "cheat" on a bicycle and that's by shoaling.
    Eh, shoaling when the person is slower than you is annoying, but I wouldn't say shoaling = cheating. I'm not that fast, especially on my commuter bike. I'll often stop a little farther back and way to the right to allow those faster than me to move ahead at lights. Every once in a while, someone slower than me takes advantage and goes ahead of me. Meh. I still get to ride my bike. I may miss a light cycle, so the whole thing costs me 45 seconds (maybe a minute). But all in all, it's not dangerous. It's not scary. I've got way more important things to worry about.
    Last edited by dasgeh; 07-30-2013 at 08:41 AM. Reason: This attitude is easier to maintain on mornings like this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by americancyclo View Post
    Took the long way in this morning and was rewarded with a few sightings and latching on to some fast, but scary riders. These two guys were hauling and sticking real close together, but there was tons of wheel overlap and one sat in the middle of the trail most of the time. Definitely some dicey passes, but a good pace.

    Also got to see the pfar on MVT!
    Now that's a loud bike! Those front wheel tubes must be special order.

    I see bike arl's fb cover photo has been updated appropriately too

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    mornings like this are what make life worthwhile. I'm really enjoying the cool temperatures - this is what summer should always be!

    Sad that I had to drive yesterday morning, and will have to again this evening. Had to get my car to work, re-stock snacks and SSR, as well as get my car to work for Tuesday errands.

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    Spotted near Rocklands a few months ago, but forgot to post:

    A modern penny farling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    Spotted near Rocklands a few months ago, but forgot to post:

    A modern penny farling?

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    That guy lives over near Mark Blacknell and has another gas powered bike that is equally interesting. Mark will have to share the story...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    Eh, shoaling when the person is slower than you is annoying, but I wouldn't say shoaling = cheating. I'm not that fast, especially on my commuter bike. I'll often stop a little farther back and way to the right to allow those faster than me to move ahead at lights. Every once in a while, someone slower than me takes advantage and goes ahead of me. Meh. I still get to ride my bike. I may miss a light cycle, so the whole thing costs me 45 seconds (maybe a minute). But all in all, it's not dangerous. It's not scary. I've got way more important things to worry about.
    I just don't like the presumptiveness of the person shoaling. It's them saying they're better than you. And it's the same nonsense as people who use merge lanes to race ahead in traffic to cut off a few cars. They're also only saving 45 seconds. But in the end, collectively these actions are less predictable and therefore more dangerous. I wonder if it's like this riding in the midwest. Growing up around here made me realize the overinflated egos of 2/3 of the people in DC. I even catch myself sometimes being selfish and sit back to say why on earth would I hold myself up as somehow better than others. Ha, obviously we have hit my pet peeve.

    On the brighter note, it was a beautiful morning. Sure only one person called his pass, but it felt so refreshing riding in. I still want to figure out how to kayak into work one morning. The problems are I'm not close to the river, don't own a kayak, and have no idea how to tie or lock a kayak up .

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