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One of the local bike shops has a monthly bikes-n-beers ride. It's pretty casual; mostly an excuse to get out of the house and make some new friends. Like a good little moreon, I repped teh launje with my Lounge jersey :thumbsup:

Anyway, it was my first real exposure to anything resembling pack riding, inasmuch as there's not a whole heck of a lot of pack riding in the little bit of cyclocross racing I've done, nor was there much pack riding in the MTB class I had in college. It was quite interesting having to check both left and right before taking a corner :eek:

Overall, it was fun! I've become soft and doughy over the past 2 years, so I'm trying to look less like a tube of Jimmy Dean while wearing my kit. I have been hitting the trainer quite hard, but it was a very positive experience with the shop ride. I'm eager to get out on more!
 

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Heh heh... viiiiirgin. :)

j/k, yeah, it is addictive. Well, 'til someone in your pack causes you to crash, or you do same to someone else (I almost took out my entire paceline with a dropped water bottle once... fortunately they were good at dodging).

Up until then, it's all fun n' games.
 

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Heh heh... viiiiirgin. :)

j/k, yeah, it is addictive. Well, 'til someone in your pack causes you to crash, or you do same to someone else (I almost took out my entire paceline with a dropped water bottle once... fortunately they were good at dodging).

Up until then, it's all fun n' games.
Yeah...I nearly took out a few folks...I mentioned the casualness of the ride; we put about 15 miles in, riding around downtown and a few touristy areas. Unfortunately, my touring frame isn't nearly as nimble as other XC MTB's or crit bikes, so the tighter turns were interesting.
 

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I got back into group riding about a year ago after 20 years away from the sport. Riding with a group will encourage you to train more and pay more attention to your overall fitness. A plus is the friends you make!
 

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Lucky I wasn't there. Ida leaned into you a couple of times and yelled at you to hold your line.
 

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Be sure and signal all turns by unclipping your foot into the turn. And at the stopsigns, unclip both and stick your legs our splayed.
But if both my legs are off, how do I engage the brakes?

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I got back into group riding about a year ago after 20 years away from the sport. Riding with a group will encourage you to train more and pay more attention to your overall fitness. A plus is the friends you make!
True, I increased my riding time * 3 when I started riding with a group. It's addictive.
 

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I like the group/pack riding, it's fun and challenging because it pushes you to a new level of riding... although the couple of guys I currently ride with don't feel the same way and kind of shy away from LBS Sat/Sun rides.
 

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It IS fun... well, as long as you connect w/ like-minded individuals. There are plenty of group rides that are less fun. Sounds like you've found one that fits, Old Fuji. Keep at it!

... (I almost took out my entire paceline with a dropped water bottle once... fortunately they were good at dodging)...
Ugh, yeah, I did that on one of my first team rides after moving back to Seattle 5 years ago. Again, good at dodging- thank goodness! :)
 

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Heh heh... viiiiirgin. :)

(I almost took out my entire paceline with a dropped water bottle once... fortunately they were good at dodging).

Up until then, it's all fun n' games.
Not experienced with pacelines (only done a few), so I'm asking for information: I thought that it was SOP to wait to drink until you rotated to the back? I can see in a group ride that dropped bottles might be a problem, but in a paceline it seems like this shouldn't happen(?)


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Not experienced with pacelines (only done a few), so I'm asking for information: I thought that it was SOP to wait to drink until you rotated to the back? I can see in a group ride that dropped bottles might be a problem, but in a paceline it seems like this shouldn't happen(?)
Never heard of that rule explicitly but it makes sense. I hit a small bump/road-ripple as I was drinking, that caused the drop.
 

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Never heard of that rule explicitly but it makes sense. I hit a small bump/road-ripple as I was drinking, that caused the drop.
Seems like an ARP rule. I drink whenever I'm thirsty, big group, small group, pace line, doesn't really matter.
 
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