Does it say “Draft me” on my jacket?
Just wanted to check – overtook a roadie on Saturday on the A6 who jumped on my wheel for a tow from Ambergate to Cromford, and then last night went past two dawdling commuters in different places, only to have them climb on board to be towed up the next hill.
This whole commuting thing is becoming far more serious and tactical than I had expected!Posted 9 years agomuddy_foxMember
I think you are confusing a work commute with an official competition. If you dont want them to draft you then don’t overtake them or just ride faster.
I commute and tend not to draft but if i see someone go past that clearly just wants to get past me to make himself feel good cos of his inferiority complex then yes, I will draft him deliberately.Posted 9 years agoJoBMember
“I commute and tend not to draft but if i see someone go past that clearly just wants to get past me to make himself feel good cos of his inferiority complex then yes, I will draft him deliberately. “
does that make you feel good?
the correct thing to do is flick your right elbow as a signal for them to come through and take their turn on the front, if they don’t then you’re allowed to everso gently up the pace, or ask them if they’ve brought you up a new water-bottlePosted 9 years agoSamMember
Really annoys me when people do this, mainly because it’s dangerous – you don’t know their skill level and they don’t know yours. If they are prepared to swap off on the front then that can be fun, but just to jump on someone’s wheel without saying anyting and expect a free ride is just rude and potentially dangerous.Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
remember the end of the southern sportive last year, i was convinced there wa sonly a mile to go, then another etc etc (for 20 miles)
so i sprinted
ended up towing a whole line of roadies arround the south downs untill i got fed up and shouted back “are you fekers just lazy or are you hurting to much to take your turn?”
reply came back “hurting”
so i uped the pace a bit for the last three 😉Posted 9 years agoSoloMember
Wow. There seems to be a lot “going on behind the eyes” when you lot ride.
I’ve never been aware that someone drafting me was causing me extra drag or then meaning that I had to push harder to keep going.
Let them sit there, is what I say. Although the safety point is a good one, once or twice some numpty has nearly crashed into my back wheel.
Much to their embarrasment 🙄
Anyway, don’t let it get to you, just do your own ride 🙂
S.Posted 9 years agoThe BeardMember
From some of these posts I reckon we must have the creme de la creme of UK road talent on STW! 😉
Isn’t there a very silly, and somewhat competitive, commuting game on bikeradar where they all give themselves a level (or something) then go online and talk about it in Second Life?Posted 9 years agoGary_MMember
I had some wheel sucker sit behind me on Wednesday morning on the commute. I slowed down so he would pass but he just sat there. I know the timings of the traffic lights pretty well so I slowed down approaching a set then put the hammer down with a few hundred meters to go as they were about to go to red. Bye sucker, luckily he wasn’t a red light junmper too.Posted 9 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
the correct thing to do is flick your right elbow as a signal for them to come through and take their turn on the front, if they don’t then you’re allowed to everso gently up the pace, or ask them if they’ve brought you up a new water-bottle
spot on, also start playing around as you reach junctions, as an expert you wouldn’t want to be at the front to lead out the sprint now would you?Posted 9 years agojackthedogMember
There’s a chap who does this to me, up one of the bigest hills on our route home.
He goes fairly slow so I don’t want to hang around behind him as my normal pace is about a third faster than his. But as soon as I pass him he seems to take it as a personal insult and then hangs on my back wheel all the way to the top of the hill where we go our seperate ways. He’s a fit chap, I can never shake him, but I always think if he wanted to ride that fast, why is he never riding that fast when I first see him?
I think he just doesn’t like being overtaken.Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
there should be a small theoretical advantage for the leader, as the second rider pushed through the air he ever so slightly increaces the air pressure behind the first rider, pushing him allong.
I wouldnt say anyone on here was being overly optimistic in their fitness, roadies are less fit than we give them credit 🙂Posted 9 years agotrickpsyclistMember
This use to happen a lot to me in Australia – you know how competitive Aussies are! At first it irritated me; but then you simply see it as a friendly game. Also, there was a sense of ‘turn-taking’. So that they’d ovetake and you’d benefit. It did improve my fitness during my time there.Posted 9 years agoGary_MMember
what is the correct thing to say if i am passed and want to hop on for the ride? Do you mind if I tuck in behind you as I’m far too slow to pass you. The only thing is if they are behind you then you wouldn’t here them anyway, they would have to pull alongside and they’re too slow for that.Posted 9 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Where is all this happening? I don’t get to race anyone on my way to Bruntsfield from Leith in Edinburgh 🙁 I saw someone on a Willier and thought i’d get a bit cocky and zip past him, but he turned off at the next lights, boo.
Although i do suspect i’m a bit of a ‘target’ for others, fully lycra’d up with a racer… I would try to overtake me.Posted 9 years ago
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