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Old 05-07-14, 04:55 PM   #26
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I enlisted in order to avoid the draft! What the hell was I thinking?!
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Old 05-07-14, 11:55 PM   #27
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I was heading back home into the 10mph wind this AM and feeling pretty sluggish. Lower gear and spinning because the legs are tired from last week's efforts. Coming to a traffic light intersection with a right turn lane I check my Third Eye Mirror and see a rider approaching. Light turns green so no slowing needed, continue through and see the rider closing. It doesn't take long and he passes on my left so I say hello with nothing returned. As he pulls in front I drop down a gear and try to close the gap. Finally make his wheel and feeling the draft advantage, not super close, we ride a bit.

After about 20 seconds I hear a click and then another and another. Speed is really picking up and he was dropping down the cog then the final CLICK, into the 11(?) since it looked like a compact, then he drops onto his aerobars that were mounted on his pretty Cervelo on which he rode in his Cervelo Kit. Held on for a little longer but MAN, was it a job. Finally had to give in, offered a thanks for the pull, and off he goes.

BTW, I was returning from the Whole Food Store where I purchased some Medjool dates, fresh ground peanut butter, Publix food store where I purchased a bottle of Organic Red wine, all in my backpack riding my 37 pound 7 speed hybrid with a basket on the front, alloy carrier on the rear, wearing pocketed shorts with SPD sandals on the feet.

Made this 63yo feel good. Also stopped at a produce vendor and picked up some fresh Florida tomatoes and sweet potatoes before I made it home.
It is about ego and pride. Both of you.

I get passed all the time on hills, few riders say hello anymore but why should I care. On the other hand, if I see truly geriatric riders lumbering up a climb, I slow down and chat them up a bit and try to encourage them. Usually it becomes clear that they have been riding for decades and my future becomes apparent. There is always someone faster, someone with more money, or a longer appendage.
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Old 05-08-14, 05:03 AM   #29
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It is about ego and pride. Both of you.

I get passed all the time on hills, few riders say hello anymore but why should I care. On the other hand, if I see truly geriatric riders lumbering up a climb, I slow down and chat them up a bit and try to encourage them. Usually it becomes clear that they have been riding for decades and my future becomes apparent. There is always someone faster, someone with more money, or a longer appendage.
And, ultimately, it comes down to this:

Ride your own ride.

Simple, easy to remember, and will go a long way to keeping you out of trouble.
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Sorry to disappoint, but it was not about ego.


Being tired and riding into a headwind, I will avail myself to any opportunity of a draft should it arise.
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Old 05-08-14, 07:31 AM   #31
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Just wondering why anyone would care if someone hugged their wheel? I certainly don't care as long as they don't run into me or cross wheel.
let an uninvited person ride your wheel for more than a minute and you will learn why. Even more annoying is passing someone who immediately chases and then tries to hold your wheel.
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I think I've passed maybe two cyclists on the road on my commutes, ever. I don't know what I'd do out of the sheer novelty of it - probably go as fast as I could to get away from the weirdo riding a bike on the road.
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let an uninvited person ride your wheel for more than a minute and you will learn why. Even more annoying is passing someone who immediately chases and then tries to hold your wheel.
?????

I don't mind it, so I guess I never learned why. Would you enlighten me.
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There may a cultural element to this issue that we haven't mentioned yet. In the U.S., at least, one of the things that is valued by many is that hard work pays off. (I don't want to debate whether this is true or not, I'm simply point out it's a value deeply rooted in the psyche of many.) At the same time there is the belief that leisure is one of the rewards of hard work. If this is so, there may be a subconscious distaste for those who draft without consent by some riders. They may be reacting, once again at a subconscious level, to others gaining some measure of leisure on the efforts of their hard work. Or, maybe I'm thinking about this too much and just need to go and ride.
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????? I don't mind it, so I guess I never learned why. Would you enlighten me.
You prefer your ride solo, grant the other person the same courtesy. But most people forget about courtesy on the bike.

Why not follow closely? On the streets, a person might have to change their line to avoid potholes, debris, etc - they don't want a stranger following closely. On a path or trail, tailgating is just bothersome, period. If you don't mind a stranger hanging on your wheel, I offer that you've not taken a fast, solo training ride where a stranger drafted or doggedly followed very closely.

When in your car tailgating is a ticket-able offense. The same rules should apply to all vehicles, regardless of the number of wheels.

If a rider passes me and I decide to pace them, I do so at 50 yards or more.
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You prefer your ride solo, grant the other person the same courtesy. But most people forget about courtesy on the bike.

Why not follow closely? On the streets, a person might have to change their line to avoid potholes, debris, etc - they don't want a stranger following closely. On a path or trail, tailgating is just bothersome, period. If you don't mind a stranger hanging on your wheel, I offer that you've not taken a fast, solo training ride where a stranger drafted or doggedly followed very closely.

When in your car tailgating is a ticket-able offense. The same rules should apply to all vehicles, regardless of the number of wheels.

If a rider passes me and I decide to pace them, I do so at 50 yards or more.
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You prefer your ride solo, grant the other person the same courtesy. But most people forget about courtesy on the bike.

Why not follow closely? On the streets, a person might have to change their line to avoid potholes, debris, etc - they don't want a stranger following closely. On a path or trail, tailgating is just bothersome, period. If you don't mind a stranger hanging on your wheel, I offer that you've not taken a fast, solo training ride where a stranger drafted or doggedly followed very closely.

When in your car tailgating is a ticket-able offense. The same rules should apply to all vehicles, regardless of the number of wheels.

If a rider passes me and I decide to pace them, I do so at 50 yards or more.
Never have had the feeling that someone was invading my space by drafting me so I can not relate to your angst, but should this ever happen in the future, I would simply slow down and let the offender pass and/or just give her/him a polite word about my discomfort.
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Just wondering why anyone would care if someone hugged their wheel? I certainly don't care as long as they don't run into me or cross wheel.
It's annoying. Personal space. No different to me than the tailgating BMW guy on the Jersey turnpike relentlessly flipping his headlites behind you even though you are in the far right lane. Just go around, lancehole
I got passed on my hotrod bike by a MTB rider the other day. At least he didnt "draft" or "hug" or whatever. Hopefully, I will recover from the shame of it before next year.
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Cat 6 racing doesn't have to involve up close and personal drafting.
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Old 05-08-14, 12:38 PM   #40
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Just wondering why anyone would care if someone hugged their wheel? I certainly don't care as long as they don't run into me or cross wheel.
Part of my daily ride takes me on the Roanoke Greenway. Due to the foot traffic, I try to avoid it as much as possible.

Anyway, the other day I had some guy come up on me and get right on my tail as I made my way through the crowds on the greenway. He stuck right on me for a mile or so and it really irritated me. Him being right on my ass really limited my options if I suddenly had to stop or make an evasive maneuver due to some jogger or stroller-pusher doing something stupid.

You wanna draft off of me on the open road? Fine. But leave me some room when it gets crowded.
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Interestingly, I read somewhere that in addition to the huge advantage provided to the following rider, the lead rider also gets a slight aero advantage when pacelining ... about 5%.

Even so, add me to the "don't like being drafted" list. To me, it's like sitting having a stranger walk over and sit down at your lunch table for two, when there are dozens of empty tables about. Very nice if they introduce themselves and ask. Definitely weird if they don't.

Why would I care? Besides personal space, being drafted carries some responsibilities with it. I should point out obstacles and be careful to keep a constant speed and direction ... just generally account for the fact that there is someone close behind me. And although it's almost always the follower that crashes if you touch wheels, there is an increased risk for both parties. Most of the time, I just don't feel like the hassle. I save it for windy days, and people I know.

Finally, if you're gonna draft someone, be polite. Don't be one of those clowns that draft for miles, then pull out and attempt a breakaway from the leader, sprinting for some imaginary finish line. Take your turn at the front or at least say thanks ... this ain't the TdF and I ain't your domestique.
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Interestingly, I read somewhere that in addition to the huge advantage provided to the following rider, the lead rider also gets a slight aero advantage when pacelining ... about 5%.

Even so, add me to the "don't like being drafted" list. To me, it's like sitting having a stranger walk over and sit down at your lunch table for two, when there are dozens of empty tables about. Very nice if they introduce themselves and ask. Definitely weird if they don't.

Why would I care? Besides personal space, being drafted carries some responsibilities with it. I should point out obstacles and be careful to keep a constant speed and direction ... just generally account for the fact that there is someone close behind me. And although it's almost always the follower that crashes if you touch wheels, there is an increased risk for both parties. Most of the time, I just don't feel like the hassle. I save it for windy days, and people I know.

Finally, if you're gonna draft someone, be polite. Don't be one of those clowns that draft for miles, then pull out and attempt a breakaway from the leader. Take your turn at the front or at least say thanks ... this ain't the TdF and I ain't your domestique.
In a race car maybe, but on a bike even in theory you'd have to be in the same space, much closer than "inches off the wheel". (too much turbulence for the reverse-draft effect). Maybe overlapping wheels with just the right wind angle, or with streamlined HPV bikes. But seriously that one's been busted for regular bicycles.

I agree with the rest. If I need to move, I want to do it without worrying how a random cyclist is going to react right behind me. It reduces your options.
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Sorry to disappoint, but it was not about ego.


Being tired and riding into a headwind, I will avail myself to any opportunity of a draft should it arise.
Come on, to get on the internet and post "Wonder what he was thinking" is your ego speaking.
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