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Location: Pasadena, CA
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Road etiquette - for a MTBer
I have a question here for the roadies. I have been doing quite a bit of road riding on my MTB lately. I am running some skinny street tires and am reasonably quick.
I saw on another thread (unfriendly cyclists) that someone did not like it when a MTBer "sucked his wheel". When I come up behind someone that looks like a serious rider I will drop into a draft with them. I always announce myself before passing, and if he stays with me, I will do my share of the pulling. I have had some really good rides like this with some friendly people.
If someone passes me I will try to stick them by drafting and will try to get back out and pull if I can.
If I want to draft with someone is there a "proper" thing to do? Ask if they want to hook up? Announce that I am drafting? I figure that I am always racing the guy in front and the guy behind. I figure drafting is a great way for everyone to push harder and it is great fun. But, I don't want to unintentionally piss someone off by being rude.
What do you think?