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Old 08-19-08, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Aside from the benefit of making better time for less effort, why do so many people seem concerned with getting into a paceline?
Am I the only one who's happier just riding along, doing my own thing? Even when I rode STP this year, I didn't get into any lines. (Athough, I did have a few people swing in behind me for a while.)
Same reason purely recreation cyclists like to have light bikes, in my opinion. You're out there for the fun and and the exercise, but big mileage numbers are more fun than smaller ones, so the farther and/or faster you can go for your effort, the better. That's why I do it, at least. Though I guess I wouldn't say I've ever joined a paceline--just smallish groups.

Also, I find it relaxing to get my pace from the person in front of me rather than having to think about it myself. Sounds like you find just the opposite--that following takes too much concentration and you can zone out/relax more when just riding your own pace.

My dad is in your camp, which is great for me when we ride together--he pulls way more than I do
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