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Old 09-09-02, 05:39 PM   #1
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My friend was rear ended by a cyclist!

Yesterday on the return from Bardstown to Louisville, Ky my friend was riding alone. Another cyclist hit the rear wheel of her bike and knocked her off. She injured her elbow. I have not heard yet if it was serious. She was going to have it x-rayed today.

The other cyclist was alone also. I'm having a hard time understanding how an accident like this could have happened. There were about 1,000 riders on this tour, some of them inexperienced, but nevertheless, how could someone ride into another person?

I'm curious if anyone else has ever seen something like this happen and what would have caused him to rear end her like that?
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Old 09-09-02, 08:13 PM   #2
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inexperianced drafter?
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Old 09-09-02, 08:33 PM   #3
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A question I always wanted to know. Is it ever safe to draft?

Is drafting the same as tailgating? If I hate someone tailgating me driving, I would assume I would hate it if someone drafts me. But this has yet to happen (as I am a slower rider). But does anyone else feel this way?
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In big organized rides it is not that uncommon. I do 2-3 organized rides each year and almost always see at least one wreck of this type. They typically happen at the start of the ride (a big mix of riding skills all together) or at the end (tired riders). Basically happens due to a lack of attention. Usually the person on the second (back) bike takes the worse fall.
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The person at the back, nearly always falls. If your front wheel touches up against the side of the back wheel of the bike in front of you, turning the handle bars away from the back wheel will only initiate a turn into the wheel you are trying to get away from. Maybe you have to do a bunny hop to the side. If you want to draft behind someone, always ask if they mind.
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A question I always wanted to know. Is it ever safe to draft?
I vote for no, besides when I did my first organized ride the Chilly Hilly here in Seattle (and it lives up to its name) I was darn proud of myself that I completed the thing, and I did it on my own not being dragged in by some one else. I think drafting should be left to the racers out there.
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I get annoyed by anyone riding too close behind, especially in traffic. I also hate riding too close to behind another cyclist as my visibilty and the available time to react are almost zero. There is another rider who does a similar commute to me, and he will happily let me take the lead for the whole of our shared journey. Another sleepy biker ran into me once because he was too close and not paying attention. On another occasion I went to overtake a slower rider, and they decided (without looking for traffic or a hand signal) that it was time to turn right. I hit the rear wheel of the bike, went straight over and landed on the tarmac on my bum. Luckily there was no damage to the rider bikes.

On the other hand, I'm not always the sinned against party... I tried to out-run a bus this morning on one of my least favourite roundabouts. It was OK, but I do feel daft and I deserved to be honked for being a moron .
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Big rides are full of newbie riders who cannot control their machines under difficult conditions, and even worse, people who have been riding for a few months, and think they can.

When I draft, I take it as my responsibility to look ahead for potholes, drains loose surfaces etc. and back off if needed.

Drafting is something that should only be done by experienced, consenting riders, and it doesnt surprise me at all that you get stupid bike-bike collisions when you put so many riders in close proximity.
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Funny messenger story: About fifteen years ago I'm riding through downtown POrtland on the way to my job of the time in Beaverton. Riding up an arterial street with frequent stoplights; on a road bike so the drill is pedal, unclick, stop, pedal unclick, stop then suddenly it's pedal, unclick, stop THUMPPP----------"Dude, you, like, stop for those lights?" A (yes) bike messenger rear ended me because he didn't realize that other cyclists occasionally stop for red lights!
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