I'll be at gtown at 8:30.
corner of Wisconsin and M?
Thanks for a great ride Saturday guys -- enjoyed it
I'm out of town again this weekend so no riding for me. Despite my lack of bike time so far this fall, I haven't packed it in for the season. Once my weekends slow down I'll be back out there -- hopefully all winter long.
Good luck to anyone who might be running the MCM.
Normally I wouldn't bail this early, but with a 90% chance of rain in the AM tomorrow and temps in the 30's, it's looking like a trainer or spin session for me. I'd be up for moving to Sunday, but with MCM don't think that would be too doable.
What do you mean? You don't like biking in the snow?
Jokes! I would never be out there in that crap!! Stay warm and dry and safe my friends!
Sugarloaf ride- starting a little early to miss the traffic- like 5am. Make sure to bring gloves. Looks like Brady is in.
@Eric - Off-season = I'm gonna have to take a "rain" check on that one!
@Abby - looks like you took a stab at me since I didn't specify that Sunday wouldn't be doable because we'll all be out at the 2-Mile Marker at MCM watching you rock it!
So do you guys go every SAT? It said it starts at 0710 at 8th and Penn SE. Is this still true?? If nobody posts here with intent to ride on Saturday, will there still be people, or is it always the same schedule?
I think by now the time has probably shifted to 8:10 Hill, 8:30 Gtown. Riders vary depending on weather, race schedules and such- so watch the forum for who's interested. I'm looking to get out and at least do 40 miles (Great Falls). Sunny weather should drag out some of the regulars?
Do you guys ride time trial bikes? That's what I have and have been turned down from riding groups because of it. I found it ridiculous.
I'm not intending to start a flame war here, but as someone who lives with a cyclist (who only rides bikes and doesn't swim or run), I have learned a lot about riding in groups. The TT bike is not appropriate for a group ride where people are taking turns pulling, sprinting or attacking hills (or otherwise working together like a cycling team does). The bike does not handle as well as a road bike and is not geared for sprinting and climbing the way a road bike is. It's unsafe. As someone who has crashed badly, safety is always at the top of my brain, and I would never bring my TT bike to a group ride of that sort.
TT bikes are are generally allowed in groups of triathletes who do not ride the same way as cycling teams do.
I humbly suggest that triathletes (most of us, anyway) are not as skilled at handling our bikes in groups since we don't race that way. Better to acknowledge squirrelly-ness than to end up a splatter on the highway.
So, can I ride my TT bike with you guys?
You can even ride your huffy/unicycle/rollerblades! I've never, ever seen our Saturday ride move along in paceline the entire ride, so don't worry about it.
Typically the ride will break up into smaller, more spread out groups depending on the distance the individual riders want to go that day. You'll see a fairly even mix of folks on either their road bikes or TTs.
You're welcome to offer up an earlier time or later time to ride and see if anyone wants to join you. Come on out for the ride!
Okay, maybe you don't want to ride your uni or roller blades, but you're fine on either a Road or TT bike, dude.
Edit: Kind of echoing what Abby said, which is quite important, if you're not too skilled with a tri bike or riding in aero you definitely want to keep your distance from groups while riding. When I ride my TT with the group I tend to back way off or at least keep my distance in case the person in front of me brakes hard or I lose control while in aero. Just be smart on the road. If you want a tight group ride come on a road bike, but you needn't avoid the group ride atmosphere if your only option is on your TT.
My tri bike is the only bike I ever bring out to this ride. It's fine. Just don't ride aero until you have already been dropped from the pack :)
I am planning on riding this Saturday, just picked it up:
Abby is letting the road racing roommate get to her. She's just becoming a self-loathing triathlete:).
The tri bike is fine for our rides because we....are triathletes. Personally I bring my road bike, but ride what you've got and enjoy.
Don't ride the aero bars while drafting though. Only when you are in front or off the back. The following thread has a good summary of the etiquette/rules of our group rides:
Ha. My road racing roommate has helped me become a much stronger cyclist, but certainly not without a lot of hard work. Case in point my currently-gelatinous quads and glutes from our off-season regiment of weights and plyos.
But don't worry, when those boys in blue and white spandex get all up in my biznit about being a triathlete, I am sure to put them in their place by suggesting that they go run a half marathon at the end of a 56-mile ride. That shuts them right up. ;)
That being said, I think a small dose of humility in exchange for safety is a fair trade.
I am a triathlete. I am squirrely on the bike. :)
Have a great ride on Saturday, y'all! Keep it real.
I'll be out Saturday, up for Great Falls and back. See you at 8:30 in G'town.