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Are There Any Advantages In Being The Slowest Rider

Old 03-03-23, 03:10 PM
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Are There Any Advantages In Being The Slowest Rider

Other than being able to see everyone in front of ya... I guess... NO!

Originally Posted by shelbyfv
I've never minded riding with the slowest rider but I won't be the slowest. The odd bad day is one thing but having others wait for you every ride just isn't right...
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I guess as long as you aren't too much slower you can take advantage of the draft.
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Nobody in the group rear ends you or otherwise takes you out?

attractive riders ahead?

every bump/pothole has been pointed out.

approaching traffic crossings you have the advantage of gauging the auto traffic 'bike anxiety'.

the amazing conversations 'at the back end'.

Start at the back, hang, finish close to the pack - gets you many 'Kudos'.

Plus others. Don't ask me how I might know.

edit: Then again, there is Slow and SLOOOOW-est. Don't miss the after-ride camaraderie.
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You are NOT the slowest rider.



I am.
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One other plus ... if the guy at the front drops a bottle and wipes out the whole peloton, you can catch it all on your Go-Pro.
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Yea, it can teach you not to care about that sort of thing. Learn to enjoy cycling without comparison, without gadgets, without it being a social gathering or activity, tell everything else to go to he-double-toothpicks and just ride.
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Ahem.

MOST RELAXED.

Not "slowest".

That is all. Carry on.
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"I stay at the back because I have the Varia RTC715 and can record approaching vehicles."
"I'm riding sweep."
"I had a really hard Zwift race last night and I'm using today's ride as a recovery ride."
None of these really work when I'm wearing my custom made kit:

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If you're riding with your 3 best riding buddies, me, myself and I it doesn't matter.
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Slowest rider can always get the draft off other riders, as long as they will slow enough. Then when you get up front you can lead so others can draft off you. You will obtain stamina fairly quickly and you’ll have a group to help you maintain your speed..

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Originally Posted by zandoval
Other than being able to see everyone in front of ya... I guess... NO!
The second mouse gets the cheese from the trap
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Your the slowest rider? Here's your theme song:


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Slow riders get more dog bites
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yes - when the route includes an unexpected drop over a cliff
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Yes - avoid the Annual Lemming Ride; but, being at the back might be a lifeline.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Slow riders get more dog bites
(points to row of dog silhouettes on top tube}

The one on top of the flying doghouse, though, was a tough one.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
every bump/pothole has been pointed out.
You would think, right?

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You don't have to know the route or worry about a wrong turn.
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If you start in back and end in back, you end up with the same average speed as the guy in front.
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You get to smile a little longer than the faster riders at the front!
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When drafting another rider I can be in a higher gear with lower rpms thanks to their blocking the wind. The downside, which is significant, is having far less time to react to obstacles such as holes or glass in the road.
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My peeps are the ones at the back of the group. In endurance racing, their stories are the best and the most inspiring, and in casual riding, they are the ones stopping for pix and spend more time chatting than panting.

But those are the advantages of riding slowest in the group, not being the slowest in the group.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs
You are NOT the slowest rider.



I am.
I beg to differ friend
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