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    Hi from NYC!

    Been away from biking for quite a while, but I recently got my issues solved so I can once again mount my steed. Had a Trek 750 from early nineties (I think, memory is hazy here) that seems to be pretty rock solid.

    Generally ride the Central Park loop on weekends, but the Hudson River Greenway during the week... I live very roughly midpoint between the GWB and Battery Park City, so I alternate going north and south.

    Have finally got some semblance of biking muscles, but I do tend to ride alone. Which relates to an etiquette question... was riding south on the Greenway recently and saw a couple who were almost spot on my pace... serious looking riders with all the "right" gear and clothing. I fell in behind them, trying to be as courteous as possible, following their "stagger." Realized their pace was a tad more than mine, so I kept up and was happy having someone to do a pace slightly faster. Going through one of the narrow choke points, I ended up alongside the lead rider. Said "thanks for the pace," then veered left and motioned to her friend to pass me. He did and they powered up to put 50 yards between us.

    Did I really do something wrong?

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    Wheelsuckers are often frowned upon because they enjoy the benefits of the draft but don't do any of the work. If you're riding closely behind someone it's always good form to announce yourself so they're aware of you because some riders don't want someone pacing them, more importantly though by knowing you're there they won't come to sudden stops or quick maneuvers. If I draft I announce myself and keep a good distance, then offer to pull shortly thereafter.
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    Oh gack, already I'm a "wheelsucker!" Never occurred to me I was drafting, it was being "forced" into a pace that was ever so slightly faster than what I usually do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post
    Oh gack, already I'm a "wheelsucker!" Never occurred to me I was drafting, it was being "forced" into a pace that was ever so slightly faster than what I usually do.

    If you're riding about a foot behind someone's wheel and you're trying to match the pace then you're drafting. There's nothing wrong with it, just make sure the rider knows you're (saying "RIDER BACK" does the trick) there if you're going to stick behind his/her wheel that way they have a choice of either keeping the pace or waving you to go past them. Some people can be very rude if they don't want someone on their wheel so you might get a snot rocket attack. If you're on the northbound greenway from 54th to 125th around 5:00 and see a guy in a blue/black BMC, white helmet and a backpack say hi as it will probably be me...draft me and I will drop you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
    If you're riding about a foot behind someone's wheel and you're trying to match the pace then you're drafting. There's nothing wrong with it, just make sure the rider knows you're (saying "RIDER BACK" does the trick) there if you're going to stick behind his/her wheel that way they have a choice of either keeping the pace or waving you to go past them. Some people can be very rude if they don't want someone on their wheel so you might get a snot rocket attack. If you're on the northbound greenway from 54th to 125th around 5:00 and see a guy in a blue/black BMC, white helmet and a backpack say hi as it will probably be me...draft me and I will drop you.

    Hear ya... although I wasn't that close (more like 3-4 feet) AND I was offset from the rear rider.

    Got a funny drafting story... many years ago I was traveling with 2 pals on our BMW R90s (bicycles with large motors!) on the TransCanada. We were getting a very fierce side wind from the south, so we were kind of riding bent over (needed quite a bit and it was tiring). I pulled us in a rest stop and approached a trucker who was getting ready to leave. Asked if he would mind it if we closely rode on his rear right corner so we didn't have to lean so far to the side, given the wind. We probably were in a blind spot for him so I wanted to make sure he knew. He said fine. Then he proceeds to crawl down the highway around 45... which was even MORE annoying. I powered up, came up to his window and waved and smiled a thanks at him and went back to typical road speed on such a lightly traveled road. 15 minutes later the woind subsided.

    I get on the Greenway around 103rd street and alternate going north or going south. By 5, I'm usually done and home... but I'll try and keep an eye out. On a black Trek 750 hybrid carrying a brown cloth "toiletries" bag on my rear rack... having a selection of tools.

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