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Old 06-10-18, 11:18 AM
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Have you ever seen something like this?

A unique way to ward off wheelsuckers?

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Old 06-10-18, 11:31 AM
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Must of had a bad experience
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Old 06-10-18, 12:30 PM
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When Amanda Coker was doing her HAMR record, people would jump on her wheel every chance they got. She really didn't want people she didn't know jumping on her wheel so her dad had a "No Drafting" sign made up that they attached to her saddle. It did some good, at first, but some guys would still jump on her wheel. The wheel sucking pretty much ended as she got faster and they couldn't keep up with her.
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Old 06-10-18, 09:50 PM
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Was not aware of wheel suckers being a thing up until reading about it on this site.
whats the point?
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Old 06-11-18, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
Was not aware of wheel suckers being a thing up until reading about it on this site.
whats the point?
Drafting for easier pedaling. Seems impolite, and a little bit unsafe.
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Old 06-11-18, 07:27 AM
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So what is the problem? It's more dangerous for the wheelsucker than the leader.
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Old 06-11-18, 07:53 AM
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Other than when I ride with my son, I tend to be a loaner when I ride. However I don't mind anyone taking my wheel as long as they let me know they are there. Likewise I'll get on someones wheel while waiting for a safe time to pass or even take a spell to rest. Get to enjoy some pleasant conversation while there. If it's a group of several riders and they don't mind taking turns on the front, it's even better, as you can get some impressive speeds to add to your stats.

On group rides such as the charity century rides and other organized fun rides I'd think it's to be expected you'll ride on someones wheel. It can be how you make new friends. If we all stretched out several bike lengths apart, then the ride would be stretched out way beyond anything that could be considered a group.

I personally can't see why there is this fear of, or why it's considered rude to take someones wheel. Seems a little prudish to me to want no invasion of "your space" when you are out in public. And how is one supposed to safely pass another if they can't get on your wheell to check if it's clear to the next bend before they go around you?
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Old 06-11-18, 07:58 AM
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I never knew this was "a thing" either, and especially not serious enough to warrant riding around with a sign on your back, LOL!!!
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Old 06-11-18, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
So what is the problem? It's more dangerous for the wheelsucker than the leader.
Stealthy and inattentive drafter is on your wheel. You brake hard for a obstacle in the road and wheel sucker crashes into your back at full speed. Not pleasant.
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Old 06-11-18, 08:09 AM
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Pretty sure rider in the rear will go down, not the leader.
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Old 06-11-18, 08:34 AM
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Then maybe the sign should only be directed at "stealthy and inattentive" drafters.
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Old 06-11-18, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
Pretty sure rider in the rear will go down, not the leader.
Doesn't matter, I don't want anyone running into my bike.
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Old 06-11-18, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by trailangel View Post
Pretty sure rider in the rear will go down, not the leader.
That's if you touch wheels at speed. Leader hard braking and a wheel sucker plowing into them at 20 mph, both are getting messed up.
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Old 06-11-18, 01:41 PM
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I wouldn't ride with someone like that.
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Old 06-11-18, 01:49 PM
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2 bike lengths seems arbitrary to me.

I don't think I could read that sign at speed unless closer than 2 bike lengths.
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Old 06-11-18, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
Drafting for easier pedaling. Seems impolite, and a little bit unsafe.
Really? When a rider has someone on his/her wheel it actually is aero beneficial for both. To me this whole thing of "wheel sucking" is just some fake drama.
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Old 06-11-18, 03:51 PM
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If someone wants to gain an aerodynamic advantage riding close to another person riding a bike they should bring thier own friend along and work with them. They should not follow a total stranger and assume it's ok to do so. Maybe you can get away with it on an organized group ride where more of that type of behavior is understood prior to the start.

It's not hard to understand, nor is it someone creating fake drama, or being over sensitive, or whatever other justification people want to give. It's common courtesy to others. I could just as easily make anyone in this thread uncomfortable by being to close to them in line, following them to close while walking or running, etc. Because they don't know me.

Of course, I tend to ride alone at 5 am so maybe I'm more leery of strangers following me. There's zero chance I'm letting some stranger get close to me and draft.
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Old 06-11-18, 05:01 PM
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I ride too slow for anyone to draft behind me.
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Don't hop on people's wheels unannounced. Seems like this would be self-evident, but obviously it's not. The sign is a bit over the top -- I mean it's not hard to turn and say "hey if you don't mind please don't draft me." But I imagine it's a big issue for this rider.
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Old 06-11-18, 05:59 PM
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Whenever someone drafts me on a road ride I tell them I use gravel rules and I’m going to be riding straight over things they probably don’t want to discover the hard way.
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Wheelsuckers

Wheelsucking for a moments rest is ok. It is up to you to stay aware of your surroudings. This is for your own good.Your wheelsucker is probably too out of breathing introduce him/herself. I always thought they made you faster. If you don’t like parasites, drop them.
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Old 06-11-18, 06:25 PM
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huh, interesting.
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
Really? When a rider has someone on his/her wheel it actually is aero beneficial for both. To me this whole thing of "wheel sucking" is just some fake drama.
x2 trolling words imo.
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Old 06-11-18, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
I wouldn't ride with someone like that.
I agree. Someone who gets that perturbed about someone riding their wheel is probably squirrely. And to the person who says "I follow gravel rules", WTF? What's the purpose in that?
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Drafting for easier pedaling. Seems impolite, and a little bit unsafe.
I stop pedaling until the drafter gets annoyed and passes me. Then I catch up and draft on them
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