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Why do I coast faster than everyone else?

Old 04-02-18, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
All the "fast descenders" I know are usually needing that to try and chase back on after climbs.
That's definitely me.
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Old 04-02-18, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by SHBR View Post
Its mostly weight distribution and aerodynamics.
I have to intentionally sit upright to minimize the need to feather the brakes, while the guys in front of me are either in the drops or hoods, so the bike has to have some contribution too.
And yes, coasting, not descending.
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Originally Posted by atwl77 View Post
I have to intentionally sit upright to minimize the need to feather the brakes, while the guys in front of me are either in the drops or hoods, so the bike has to have some contribution too.
Even on the exact same bikes, different people with different bodies will slow at different rates when in "similar" postures. I don't think that says much about the scale of the bike's contribution.

Originally Posted by atwl77 View Post
And yes, coasting, not descending.
How often are you feathering the brakes and coasting when not descending?

I'm not sure I understand the circumstances.
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Old 04-02-18, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
How often are you feathering the brakes and coasting when not descending?

I'm not sure I understand the circumstances.
If I don't feather the brakes while coasting, I will run into the guys in front of me who are also coasting.


And I'm clarifying @TimothyH's terminology above when we say coasting and letting only gravity do its job, as opposed to actively pedaling during the descent.
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Old 04-02-18, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by atwl77 View Post
If I don't feather the brakes while coasting, I will run into the guys in front of me who are also coasting.


And I'm clarifying @TimothyH's terminology above when we say coasting and letting only gravity do its job, as opposed to actively pedaling during the descent.


The mysteries of drafting?
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Old 04-02-18, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
I move way back and sit on my rear rack instead of the saddle I can coast substantially faster. Of course it makes my weight distribution worse, but the aerodynamics are improved by stretching out my body with my chest flat on the saddle and arms out straight in front.
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Old 04-03-18, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
The mysteries of drafting?
That would definitely explain the situation where the person braking is second in line, and perhaps the usual cases, but then I wonder, if its a long line and the penultimate rider isn't feathering his brakes, why would the last one have to?

I think a lot of it has to do with timing - some riders beginning their coast earlier than others, hence slowing down sooner.
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Old 04-03-18, 07:22 AM
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Descending implies skill and guts - cornering at the limit of adhesion, braking late into turns, etc, at very high speed. Coasting implies none of that but simply means not pedaling.

No one in this thread ever claimed that they have better descending skills or more guts than anyone else. We only said that we seem to roll further or faster when we stopped pedaling, that's all.

Even on the flats I and/or my bike seem to roll a little better than most people I ride with. It has nothing to do with the ability to come off a mountain quickly. That's not what we are talking about.


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Old 04-03-18, 08:01 AM
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I think the explanation must be that the OP is using the best chain lube, which we all know is....
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I said coasting, not descending.


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I suppose it all depends on what your definition of “descending” is. To me, it’s simply going down an incline ...regardless if I’m pedaling or not.
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Also, I'd bet it's because you [do/don't] wave.
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I noticed this on my last ride. I knew my 205 lbs makes me the P-47 of the bike world when it comes to going downhill. But I coast by others when on the flats and approaching a red light. So much so, it's several pedal strokes to keep up, followed by their own attempt to coast to a stop, with another few pedal strokes. I just whistle right by.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Possibly you are just more comfortable at speed than your riding buds. I'm not, and rarely go down any significant hill w/o braking. I just can't get past the thought of a squirrel or deer running out, a pothole appearing after the last rain, etc. I have friends who never brake unless there is tight turn or whatever. Of course my chances of avoiding a deer at 35 mph vs 50 mph probably aren't much different..... Consider yourself lucky that you can let-er-rip

this is my theory.
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Old 04-05-18, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by beermode View Post
I noticed this on my last ride. I knew my 205 lbs makes me the P-47 of the bike world when it comes to going downhill. But I coast by others when on the flats and approaching a red light. So much so, it's several pedal strokes to keep up, followed by their own attempt to coast to a stop, with another few pedal strokes. I just whistle right by.
Same here.

Also Campy Record hubs with 50K+ on them.... they are SMOOOOTH!

Someone mentioned descent skills, that is important too. Often I see guys hit the brakes in the middle of turns, standing the bike up and making them swing wide... which means they hit the brakes again.

Me? Brake early if I think I need it, get low on the bike, enter the turn late, chin over wrist, shoot the apex.
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