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    Advice on riding with uprights

    I like to ride with 2 bff a couple times a week. They hae normal roadbikes, as do I. When I take my Cannondale out, everthing is copasetic, however, when I take my SpeedMachine, there are issues.

    First, is the issue of drafting. I can catch a great draft off them on the bent, but they can't get one off me. That creates a situation where neither wants to be the one that follows me. Next, is converstation. I have trouble hearing them down low like that.

    I have been taking the roadbike for my rides lately, but I really love my bent and would take it if anyone can suggest some remedies for these issues....

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    'Bents and uprights just don't mix well. 'Bents are slower climbing, and uprights are slower everywhere else. Plus, there's that drafting issue. You could get a second 'bent. A taller bent like a V-Rex will give a draft, especially if you put a fairing on it. Or if local laws allow it, just ride side-by-side. OR, if you're just riding with one bff, then you've got a loaner. I don't see the talking thing as an issue, since their heads are already pointing down and yours is probably angled up.

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