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The Most Important Piece of Cycling Equipment for Cycling with Friends…


The humble cycling computer…

If you don’t know how fast you’re going, you have no idea whether you’re crushing the wills of your friends, doing them right, or babying them.  Worse, you have no way of tempering your pace when you are riding with slower cyclists so you don’t bury them.

I capped off a perfect week of cycling with an easy club ride yesterday followed by a cookout/potluck for the club in my backyard.  We had one of the craziest mixes of cyclists I’ve ever ridden with – four B’s, three C’s, a D and two E’ s (!).  Heading into the wind, it was easy to keep the pace reasonable and I took advantage of the best characteristic of a strong headwind:  It kills those at the front while the cyclists in the back get an awesome free ride.  My first turn at the front, in a double pace line, lasted ten miles.  I never rode at the back, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

After we got the whole group out of the headwind we split the group up.  B’s and C’s in one group, D and E’s in the other – and we picked up the pace.

Before long it was tailwind time and it was all good all the way home.  We ended up with 35-1/2 miles at 17.8 mph – an excellent, moderate to easy ride to cap off a perfect 250 mile week.

Then there was the cookout after.  Burgers, hotdogs, garden burgers, coleslaw, salads and desert…. and fellowship.

Awesome.

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5 Comments

  1. saoirsek says:

    Magic! Food,friends and fellowship. Sounds wonderful.

  2. company of friend(s) is indeed important. BUT-the computer thing? dunno about that. Once i was doing a terrible cycle on my own- i thought i had done 15 miles and decided to turn back. I looked at my computer-6 ! 6 $%^&£***!! miles. When I got home i binned my computer, and enjoyed cycling more. Mind you 10 tears later i got another one. And keep it hidden in the bike bag until cycle is over-and we have a guessing game on what we did. Proved to be much more fun -and can blame the climbs if the average speed is less than 15mph

    • MJ Ray says:

      Yeah, you could just talk to people and look around to see if you’re killing everyone, but that’s more viable at lower speeds on quiet roads. My computer rarely gets clipped to the bike. I carry it mainly to total up mileage.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Yeah, that works at 12 mph. Not so much at 26. We need that instant feedback that says, “I just bumped it up a mile an hour”. I used to get to the front and, going by “perceived effort, just hammer my friends. At the greater speeds we need the computer to keep it a club ride.

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