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Cleanest way to exit a paceline

Old 03-28-22, 07:45 AM
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Cleanest way to exit a paceline

Hey guys, what do you do if you are near the front of a large pack and start blowing up? In the "we're going to yell at you" thread, homeboy claims you have to wait until you are at the front before pulling off to avoid leaving a gap??? but to me this sounds like nonsense. I like trying to get to the sides of the group so I can pull out, but lateral movement isn't great even when signaling. It seems preferable than just slowing down holding your line, forcing people to pass you on both sides, how disruptive is that? This happens to me pretty frequently, the top third of the group is the easiest place to be so I try to get there, but then sometimes there are 50 cyclists behind me and im tired and want an out for everyones safety.

I imagine the answer is "it depends"
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I have never needed to exit a paceline. Of course all my paceline riding is done shirtless and helmetless while drinking a fifth of vodka during charity rides that I didnt pay to participate in, so my incredibly unique situation may not apply to anyone in realityland.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
I have never needed to exit a paceline. Of course all my paceline riding is done shirtless and helmetless while drinking a fifth of vodka during charity rides that I didnt pay to participate in, so my incredibly unique situation may not apply to anyone in realityland.
I don't drink and group ride and dangle a helmet on my bars to put on for the group ride, safety first always
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I typically just pull off to the left, sit up, pull out a pack of smokes out of my jeans pockets, light one up, then take a long drag while staring down the guy next to me and pointing at the gap that he left in my place.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
I have never needed to exit a paceline. Of course all my paceline riding is done shirtless and helmetless while drinking a fifth of vodka during charity rides that I didnt pay to participate in, so my incredibly unique situation may not apply to anyone in realityland.
You forgot to mention the copper pipe aero bars duct taped to the bars of your hybrid.

That's important.
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Pretend you flatted. Raise your hand and act all pissed off.
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Old 03-28-22, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
You forgot to mention the copper pipe aero bars duct taped to the bars of your hybrid.

That's important.
I took them off
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I don't see why the reason matters. Imagine it was a flat or mechanical, so applying the logic from that person's response we ride the flat to the front then pull off. That's bollocks.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
but to me this sounds like nonsense.
I guess that settles it.

Why are you in pacelines you blow up in?
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
I guess that settles it.

Why are you in pacelines you blow up in?
blowing up on these rides is expected and common
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
......

Why are you in pacelines you blow up in?
To get yelled at.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
I don't see why the reason matters. Imagine it was a flat or mechanical, so applying the logic from that person's response we ride the flat to the front then pull off. That's bollocks.
What did homeboy actually say and in what context? Is it reasonable to just assume LarrySellerz is describing things accurately?
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
blowing up on these rides is expected and common
Following the rules is also expected and common.

If it's "expected and common", you should have many examples of what people actually do on that ride in that situation.

Anyway, the point of a paceline is so people don't blow up.

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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
What did homeboy actually say and in what context? Is it reasonable to just assume LarrySellerz is describing things accurately?
What was said was in reference to pacelines. Larry doesn't seem to understand the difference between a paceline and a group. Shocking, I know.
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If you're talking about the Spectrum ride, that's not a paceline, it's an amorphous pack. Paceline implies some kind of organization - like what PenVelo does (or did, anyway) the first 8 miles of their weekend rides, from Canada and 92 to Woodside - double line, both front riders pull off to the left after their pull - and in that sort of situation, if you're blowing up, you gasp out an excuse and pull out of the line and drift back. In a pack? Well what do the other guys who blow up do?
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
If you're talking about the Spectrum ride, that's not a paceline, it's an amorphous pack. Paceline implies some kind of organization - like what PenVelo does (or did, anyway) the first 8 miles of their weekend rides, from Canada and 92 to Woodside - double line, both front riders pull off to the left after their pull - and in that sort of situation, if you're blowing up, you gasp out an excuse and pull out of the line and drift back. In a pack? Well what do the other guys who blow up do?
Youre right, I definitely misused the word paceline. The packs are a mess and I wonder if trying to proactively make lateral movements to exit the ride is worse than just "sitting up" and forcing others to go around you. Someone thanked me for how I exited spectrum 2 weeks ago, he was trying to pass me on the right so I signaled im going right and boxed him out, then a rider the group was passing appeared so I yelled "rider right" and went into the gravel. He thanked me for doing so, I was on my single speed cross bike and got caught up in the group so I was happy to exit

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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
I don't drink and group ride and dangle a helmet on my bars to put on for the group ride, safety first always
Oh, I thought you put vodka in the bottle cages since you said you do. Apparently that is for all but group rides? Yeah, safety first.**

How long before refueling
I wasn't dehydrated, stopped to refill my water, and vodka in the bottle cages is already something I do but thanks for the tip
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I really wish you guys wouldn't drag stuff in from other threads. It's kinda like you're looking for trouble. Kinda like, you know, trolling.
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I really wish you guys wouldn't drag stuff in from other threads. It's kinda like you're looking for trouble. Kinda like, you know, trolling.
Standard operating procedure in your thread. Maybe you should make an announcement in there. It might help the rest of the forum.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz View Post
Hey guys, what do you do if you are near the front of a large pack and start blowing up? In the "we're going to yell at you" thread, homeboy claims you have to wait until you are at the front before pulling off to avoid leaving a gap??? but to me this sounds like nonsense. I like trying to get to the sides of the group so I can pull out, but lateral movement isn't great even when signaling. It seems preferable than just slowing down holding your line, forcing people to pass you on both sides, how disruptive is that? This happens to me pretty frequently, the top third of the group is the easiest place to be so I try to get there, but then sometimes there are 50 cyclists behind me and im tired and want an out for everyones safety.

I imagine the answer is "it depends"
You're in the wrong group ride.
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Larry is so generous to feed the Trouls on schedule.

Larry, just move off to the side and ease up. Once the pack has passed, you can drift back into oblivion.
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I'm in the wrong thread, you guys are just mean.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Standard operating procedure in your thread. Maybe you should make an announcement in there. It might help the rest of the forum.
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And it's been... the ruin... of many a LarrySellerz thread, God knows this is one.
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