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Old 09-20-16, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
I don't feel safe drafting a truck or bus, mainly because it could pass over a pothole/brick/dead dog/etc. 2 or 3 times I've drafted a slow (40-45kph) truck on a smooth road I knew well. It's nice, but not worth the risk IMO.
OTOH, some of my roadie friends love to draft trucks, the faster the better.
Riding in NYC's traffic stream you learn to adapt to the problem of potholes or whatever suddenly appearing out from under the car ahead. When I lived downtown and rode Broadway from the 80's to the Village nightly, it got to where I had every major pothole catalogued in my head.

However, rain filled potholes were a major cause of rim dents, and why I soon gave up rebuilding light wheels because of dents, and got good at working them out to decent rideability.
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