Wow. The weekly group ride that I've been going with for the last month or so. Very nice bunch. They wait for me when they need to and give me pointers to improve. Couldn't ask for a better bunch.
Anyway, tonight I rode the six miles to the start point and then we took off. A nice comfortable pace to the first turn around. Then a few who had schedules to keep did a 180. I decided to run with the others for awhile. They waited for me at a turn so I kept with them as we went up and up and up the hills.
A good thing I did because we had a malfunction and I was the only one with the tool.
On the way back after a long down hill we were on a long flat. We set up a pace line. Now, I'd done close riding and even some drafting before for short distances. But this was the first time I'd ever had the chance to do it long enough to play, experiment and learn. Wow! By myself I'd do 18 or 19. In the line I could easily do 21. When I'd drop back it got Tough which demonstrated the aerodynamics involved. I'm not strong enough yet to take a turn in the lead. But I'm going to work on it so I can do my share of the work.
Now I see why road bikers love pace lines. Even with my introduction I can see that not only are they more efficient; they are things of beauty when done well.