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naterod
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Certainly loud. Fast only on descents and/or flats.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 00:09
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Gravel Cat 6.ed on foot (me) by time-traveling 2007 fixie bro on the footpath around Greenlake today.

Whip skids were witnessed.

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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 02:04
Petr5
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lulz. When I first moved to Seattle and new to cycling I figured that loop would make for a great scenic ride. It was like riding down a carnival promenade.

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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:39
heavymetal
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Last 2 mornings I've had roadiebros destroy me on every descent for the last couple of kms of my commute. Then on the next climb I slowly roll past them, only to be whipped again on the descent. Roadiebros need to work on climbing and stop worrying about their descent KOMs.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:41
Larry Winget
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(Reply to #55)

Petr5 wrote:
lulz. When I first moved to Seattle and new to cycling I figured that loop would make for a great scenic ride. It was like riding down a carnival promenade.

Lulz indeed.

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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 21:00
lukasz
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Getting intense out there. Two monstertrack bros with carbon disc wheels hanging off my wheel today up a small hill in central park (*whoosh* *whoosh* *whoosh*). Soon as I saw them I dropped anchor and they droped the hammer. We saw them later and they're actually "training" for the red hook crit. More hammer drop from one of them. Watching someone with more wheel than fitness try to spin one of those up while going up an incline is like seeing a sprint in slow motion.

I'm limiting my speed to 13 mph or so tomorrow.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 23:12
aerobear
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(Reply to #57)

heavymetal wrote:
Last 2 mornings I've had roadiebros destroy me on every descent for the last couple of kms of my commute. Then on the next climb I slowly roll past them, only to be whipped again on the descent. Roadiebros need to work on climbing and stop worrying about their descent KOMs.

maybe you need to work on your descending

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Wed, 03/12/2014 - 00:48
randsome beast
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I think he means they can hit gears on a downhill they'd never normally find. So they dump all the watts there instead of on the climb. It's actually a pretty solid race tactic on a shorter course with one big hill as long as you can carry your advantage all the way back to it.

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Wed, 03/12/2014 - 01:41
heavymetal
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(Reply to #59)

No doubt. I need to get moar serious about my cat 6ing, need to get the fire in my belly and really WANT the win.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 05:07
johnasavoia
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Guess this goes here, nearly got right hooked when some dude pulled into his driveway as I was riding home from work. Canti's squealed but worked great, and I looped around to wait for him to get out of the car and yell at him. He comes out angry and yells that he don't need no talking to from me and I need to watch myself when someone pulls into their private driveway. I told him he could've killed me and flipped him off and went home. Looked him up by hiss address and he's the asst dean of a local law school. Sent him an email to grab a coffee and talk about how things could have gone instead. Can't say I totally blame him for his reaction, he was a good 5'5 and scrawny and I'm 6ft 275lbs with a big winter beard and looking pissed to high hell. I'm past the smash a mirror or smash a face over shit like this phase. Would rather change someones mind about cyclists and maybe get him to actively try not to kill the next one that drives past his driveway.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:25
asterisk
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Hmm, that's not an option I've considered. Interested to hear if he responds.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:43
johnasavoia
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IF I don't hear back in a few days (benefit of the doubt cuz all I found was his uni email) gonna leave an empty coffee cup on his porch each day he doesn't respond, and probably spread his name/picture/phone number/address around some local cycling fb groups

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 19:40
Petr5
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be sure to wring his neck if he accepts

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Tue, 03/18/2014 - 20:11
lukasz
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(Reply to #64)

johnasavoia wrote:
IF I don't hear back in a few days (benefit of the doubt cuz all I found was his uni email) gonna leave an empty coffee cup on his porch each day he doesn't respond, and probably spread his name/picture/phone number/address around some local cycling fb groups

that will help the cause. (I've only broken one mirror in my day)

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 20:26
cookietruck
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(Reply to #65)

lukasz wrote:
Getting intense out there. Two monstertrack bros with carbon disc wheels hanging off my wheel today up a small hill in central park (*whoosh* *whoosh* *whoosh*). Soon as I saw them I dropped anchor and they droped the hammer. We saw them later and they're actually "training" for the red hook crit. More hammer drop from one of them. Watching someone with more wheel than fitness try to spin one of those up while going up an incline is like seeing a sprint in slow motion.

I'm limiting my speed to 13 mph or so tomorrow.

lovin this

i been changing my commute route up lately
every few days i have to go by this awzm bake shop and buy a baguette
so that thing pokes up outta my pannier and i ride down the east side as a change up
every few cycles of this commute i'll see some of my pals at the coffee shop or pub so i stop and chat with them
but i usually don't stop for a beer coz one pint easily turns in to 4 pints

the other day i saw thor (local drummer here and drummer for swans) in his old beater toyo corolla
he waved and said hi to me, nicest dude. craziest mullet.

the abundance of babes on bikes has not been what i thought it would be on the east side i must say

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 16:21
ShartAttack
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Still see hardly any other bikes on the roads here. I guess it doesn't help that it's spring break this week.

Some fucko not using their blinker almost got me this morning. Guess I'm going back to pretending every car is turning all of the time...

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Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:10
NOVELTYNAME
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watch the front wheel of the car and keep a finger on the lever

lots of new cyclists this year in portland. went out on ankeny at 730 this morning and there were no less than 20 blinky lights in 4 blocks. kind of awesome

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Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:14
cookietruck
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^ sounds trippy

on the right hook
yeah watch the front wheel
but also don't ride in that spot where the car can smash you faster than you can react
i usually speed up or slow down to position myself better

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:18
aek
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I just imagine that if I give a car a chance to hook me that it will.

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Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:40
NOVELTYNAME
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i gotta say im really scared of getting hit on new winter bike. not enough that i dont want to ride it but enough that i will go out of my way to maybe not take major thoroughfares on commutes

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Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:47
joy of vaping
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Yesterday I rode to a meeting and saw a brakeless fixiebro riding around carrying a pie in one hand. No racing, but i rode behind him for a bit to see if he would drop it.

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:51
emor
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Somehow I goaded a greybeard douchebag in a Porsche Carerra into peeling out through a red light the other day. I felt awesome.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:09
NOVELTYNAME
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Yep, almost hooked by an old fogie today. I knew it was coming and avoided it pretty well.

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 00:02
ShartAttack
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I was thinking about my small incident yesterday and got to thinking that I actually have not had that many "really close calls", if I've had any. Like, 2 inches from running into a front bumper, could elbow a car that was passing me, etc. I mean there've been close passes that I didn't appreciate and other shenanigans, but all of them were avoidable because I had my head up. My real injuries have been self-inflicted.

Not that drivers aren't assholes because they are, just feel kinda lucky I guess.

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:03
halbritt
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I've had a few somewhat close calls where I'd be dead right now if I weren't paying attention.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:17
Shortpants
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Had some teenage thug try to punch me off my bike last night. So I turned around and told him to be a fucking man and fight me for real. 3 on 1 and they wouldn't fucking budge, just stood there staring at their shoes.

This happens about once a month. I fucking hate oakland.

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:31
Alvz
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whilst cruising to class, a dude on a brakeless/foot retention-less fixxay pulled up to the light next to me and asked: "you tryna race, bro?" i said nah, and when the light went green he sprinted away
ten seconds later, i cruised comfortably past him. two minutes later, i saw him in the same classroom as me. he wasnt pleased with me

moral of the story: dont race cat6 if youre not prepared to make enemies

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 12:45
jimmythefly
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Sounds like he hasn't really gotten into the zen of it yet.

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But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:47
halbritt
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(Reply to #79)

Straws wrote:
Had some teenage thug try to punch me off my bike last night. So I turned around and told him to be a fucking man and fight me for real. 3 on 1 and they wouldn't fucking budge, just stood there staring at their shoes.

This happens about once a month. I fucking hate oakland.

Never had any shit like this happen. Where was this?

This morning rolling into work on a MUP behind some Fredly dude in a sit up and beg position, fluorescent velcro strap around his pants leg, etc. Close on him really fast and hit the brakes to hang behind him as he went around a ped. Got around the ped and expected him to sort of ease to the right and let me go by. Dude steps on the gas like he wants to race. There were a couple of tight turns coming up that I wanted to rail and had no desire to sit behind granddad as he navigated his hybrid around them.

What the fuck old man? Had to stand up and give a kick to get by.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 14:33
ShartAttack
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So you folks who live in places with nicer/milder weather and more bike infrastructure, do you ever get in a bike lane slog with a bunch of other people who are just slow/not in a hurry and you just can't get by them? Or have pile ups in the bike lane at stops and lights? I rarely encounter more than a couple other bikers, so when I see videos from Portland or Copenhagen et al of people negotiating lines of bikes, it doesn't really look like that much fun.

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 14:48
Shortpants
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(Reply to #81)

ShartAttack wrote:
So you folks who live in places with nicer/milder weather and more bike infrastructure, do you ever get in a bike lane slog with a bunch of other people who are just slow/not in a hurry and you just can't get by them? Or have pile ups in the bike lane at stops and lights? I rarely encounter more than a couple other bikers, so when I see videos from Portland or Copenhagen et al of people negotiating lines of bikes, it doesn't really look like that much fun.

I'm just getting used to this in SF because back in VA it's not like this. But you're right, it's not fun. I actively avoid arterial bike routes. Or I just kick it and keep up with traffic for a few blocks until the large clusterfuck is behind me. I really don't like riding with commuters, they make me feel really unsafe.

halbritt wrote:
Straws wrote:
Had some teenage thug try to punch me off my bike last night. So I turned around and told him to be a fucking man and fight me for real. 3 on 1 and they wouldn't fucking budge, just stood there staring at their shoes.

This happens about once a month. I fucking hate oakland.

Never had any shit like this happen. Where was this?

Lower bottoms. I live on the edge of Ghost Town so my ride home at night from the west oakland bart is pretty dicey.

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:14
halbritt
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Generally, I don't ride in bike lanes.

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:23
pixieshatintruck
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yeah the bike lane pile up
i just pass em when i can
usually i sit in the line of cars at a light not in the bike lane...easier to avoid a right hook from some texting dumbfuck
i don't really care so much about cat 6in if some dude wants to barely pass me in the big ring turning 30 rpm while i'm in the small ring middle of the cassette
no worries
typically as soon as they hit the slightest upward slope they slow down
and i'm on their ass
sometimes when they shift to a smaller cog they slow down
lol

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:42
ShartAttack
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I'm conflicted about encouraging other people to start riding to work. Because I think my enjoyment of it depends on nobody else doing it.

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:56
pixieshatintruck
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other day i was cruising in the bike lane (bike lane is small like 3 ft) on a road that has a 40mph limit.
going around 18 mph.
cars start backing up coz traffic.
i pass a big heath truck with a trailer...traffic picks up again.
i'm next to the trailer thinkin i should get away from this fucker.
i start to speed up to get around him he starts inching over in the bike lane to fuck with me i guess.
i speed up and bang on his truck bed.
there are bros in the back seat (4 door truck so in know these fuckers see me)
they keep inching over in the bike lane
the bike lane is about to turn striped so they can merge right and take ramp to the right.
so i haul ass around this fucker and get in front of him in the lane and flip him off
they don't even acknowledge me.
so much rage
i scream fuck you at them.
could have almost died
dickhead construction workers

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:10
cookietruck
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i cat6'd another new route yesterday
kicked straight east from work instead north a few miles first
got stuck behind a bunch of commuter freds
one lady really annoyed me
she was chatting with another old commuter and they were in no rush, i wasn't either but they were pretty slow
these are bike paths they just built recently
then i noticed the lady had her phone in the mesh pocket on the outside of her backpack
and she had it playing some terrible music, kinda blew my mind and i almost instagram video'd the incident
but then we came up on some people wlaking towards us and the lady never even hit her brakes and just rode right at the person while givin the bell on her bars hell
it annoyed the shit outta me so i smoked them bamas first chance i got

didn't see any babes on bikes yesterday
saw one this morning though
she creeped up behind then dropped the other 2 peeps on bikes on a downhill so she could pass me and i could check out her powerlegz
she was on a terrry bike lulz
^ its like she was aero in a reverse recumbent sorta way and she just flew right by me

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:17
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Not really cat 6, but I was riding to a meeting and was stopped at a red light. This lady is crossing in the crosswalk in front of me. I notice her eyeing me, and as she passes me, she says, "You don't look very happy riding." I was kind of like, "uhhhhhhm?" and she keeps walking but starts kind of incoherently babbling about how she almost got hit by a car once, and she doesn't ride bikes anymore. All I could think to say was, "I love my bike!" Weird all around.

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 22:46
asterisk
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Might be this, I know most photos of me riding are frowning or serious for whatever reason:

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 23:00
Petr5
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(Reply to #89)

GrandmaJordan wrote:
Not really cat 6, but I was riding to a meeting and was stopped at a red light. This lady is crossing in the crosswalk in front of me. I notice her eyeing me, and as she passes me, she says, "You don't look very happy riding." I was kind of like, "uhhhhhhm?" and she keeps walking but starts kind of incoherently babbling about how she almost got hit by a car once, and she doesn't ride bikes anymore. All I could think to say was, "I love my bike!" Weird all around.

My wife was teasing me yesterday about using my anger when I ride my bike to go faster. I was like angry + riding a bike? does not compute.

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 23:32
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About bounced a greyhair into traffic this afternoon when he decided quietly sitting on my wheel wasn't poor enough judgement. I gave a good amount of warning to the mother with carriage I was approaching that I planned to safely pass on her left. As I slowly move left greyhair decided his carbon wundermachismo machine could snap off a pass of me and her in one deft flick of his longballs. He never got past me and thought again when my elbow came out to avoid being crashed into a small child.

Gave him a polite dismissal and asked him to pass me once we were clear. He proceeded to just ride straight at the next person we encountered and they had to jump into a snowbank to avoid being run over. I did not give chase. Happily "lost."

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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:02
halbritt
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Eh, I get pissy around cars.

Also have bitchy resting face.

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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:02
circuithero
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Last night a car full of what looked like college students right hooked me and thought they had enough room for the turn. Well, they didn't. Dude ended up locking up his brakes through the apex and up and over the far side curb. I kept pedaling along wondering how he was gonna explain to his mom that he needed a new axle and steering knuckle for his brand new Altima.

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:12
cookietruck
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stopped in the bakery for another baguette
kinda cute hispter girl there told me i have a really nice bike
and informed me she told me last week that i had a nice bike
then asked if it was a steel frame
i was like yeah i wasn't sure if it was you that complimented me last time but i know it was one of the nice ladies in here
then i got my baguette and i bounced

didn't see any cat6'ers on the way home
i did see some bro in a shitty bonneville or something make a right turn on red really really slow in front of a tejano in a big truck that had ROW making a left turn
tejano just about destroyed the bros car but he stopped just in time and the bro floored the gas pedal right then
pretty sure tejano was fucking with him by almost hitting him
i was like whoa that was almost amazing

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 07:47
naterod
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(Reply to #94)

halbritt wrote:
Also have bitchy resting face.

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:33
halbritt
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Saw some hipster girl on a Dolan with carbon rims at a Peet's in Fremont, which if anyone knows the bay, hardly anybody rides bikes there. She looked at me like I was some long lost brethren or something.

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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 00:55
Larry Winget
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(Reply to #96)

naterod wrote:
halbritt wrote:
Also have bitchy resting face.

I think I'm gonna Brompton home tomorrow. Always good for Cat6 lulz.

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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 01:01
oogens
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waved at other cyclists today

nobody waved back

riding in the bay area

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 03:09
heavymetal
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(Reply to #98)

ShartAttack wrote:
So you folks who live in places with nicer/milder weather and more bike infrastructure, do you ever get in a bike lane slog with a bunch of other people who are just slow/not in a hurry and you just can't get by them? Or have pile ups in the bike lane at stops and lights?

The first couple kms of my commute is bike paths until I clear the CBD, so yeh. So many freds running reds and bombing down bike lanes to make time, and I catch 90% of them on the first climb.
Had a sw8 fixiebro tailing me up the climb yesterday, I could hear him creaking and rattling behind me til about half way up then I guess the zen got the better of him and he dropped off fast. Also guessing fixiebros have forgotten the art of lubing chains...

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 05:20
lukasz
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I actually concentrate on smiling while I'm riding no matter what's going on.* Frowny cycling makes me think of stupid lance armstrong worshipping freds struggling up hills trying to be epic.

*my smile is more of a content or non-sad look. I don't smile much :)

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:00
emor
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There are huge packs of commuting cyclists in Seattle. Sometimes I pass groups of twenty. I don't mind it at all because either I pass them all in one giant satisfying effort, or I hang back and relax while carefully judging the multitude of terrible bikes all around me. Lots of amusement. Also most commuters stick to basically one street, so it's easy to avoid the crowds.

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Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:27

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