Does it say “Draft me” on my jacket?
thought i’d get a bit cocky and zip past him, but he turned off at the next lights
I hate when that happens. I don’t see many riders on my commute but when I do there is nothing better than reeling them in, and then a couple of hundred metres from them they turn down a side street. I think they probably see me coming and duck down a side street so they don’t look slow 😉Posted 9 years agomlMember
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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.
Noted. Do you go up Bruntsfield Place? If so, I’ll be waiting at the Morrison Street lights for you. 😉Posted 9 years agoJ0NMember
I once had a great race with a guy on the commute. Busy traffic and high speeds we were actually getting quite dangerous with him on the outside of two lanes of cars and me down the middle. Middle proved faster due to on coming cars but when they opened up we were switching positions for a couple of miles. As we neared some traffic light at the top of a hill we had just sprinted up. we stopped for a chat. He congratulated me saying that he was in training for a Triathlon at the weekend and I had provided him some challenging entertainment. I was knackered!lol. Friendly races are fun.
My commute isn’t long enough and has too many traffic lights to care about drafters but I can imagine getting a bit p’d off on a longer ride.Posted 9 years agomavistoMember
Years ago when I was a roady, I had someone do this to me.
If any of you know the area around St Helens, I was travelling up the Rainford by-pass on my normal training run out to Formby and Southport. Passed a guy, said hello and without a word he jumped on my back wheel. Towed him for the next 10 miles to Ormskirk and he never said a single word for the whole 10 miles.
Got to Ormskirk and he pulls up along side me with a big smile on his face. He then proceeds to thank me for the tow and said he was absolutely shattered. I ask him where he has come from, he tells me he’s a student at Sheffield Uni and thought it might be a good idea to ride home to Ormskirk.
After that day, I don’t mind giving people a tow, it is more likely to be me hopping on his back wheel these days.Posted 9 years ago
absolutely not bothered at all…isn’t it just part of the biker camaradarie…
it’s happened a few times in london, I’ve done it a few times – especially in the “friendly race” situation…
and usually it’s the more experienced riders that do it anyway so i don’t think it is dangerous.
McChillPill….Posted 9 years ago
good topic!Posted 9 years ago
so what is the etiquette on the whole commute/overtake thing? i often hold back till i get an oppertunity to overtake in a non condesending way.
im not exactly time trial boy,but a fast commuter on a good 700c slick tyred bike who rides the same roads everyday at pace.
BUT this dude i overtake everyday chases me on his somewhat antiquated mtb with knobblys at 20psi and the sound of his worn transmission crunching and his heart trying to escape thru his chest haunts me in a disturbing way.
one day i should stop and explain “this isnt a race,im sure your a nice person,im not trying to undermine your masculinity.so please dont make me the reason your going to have a heart attack or get hit by a van due to your lack of consentration on the road”.otherwize i might just take a longer route to work…..BigDummySubscriber
There is no point getting worried by the etiquette, as you then just get narked by all the hundreds of people who have never worried about what the etiquette is. My personal London aggravation is people who sit waaay in front of the stop line at junctions, can’t see the lights and set off late so I pass them, stop at the next line, they drift in front again and so on. But hey.
A bloke went into my back wheel under Admiralty Arch t’other day when I slammed on the anchors to (I thought) avoid being clotrheslined by a van’s mirror. Sorry if that were you.
🙂Posted 9 years agoCHBSubscriber
Never minded if anyone drafts me (though more often other way round!).
Surely its just part of being a cyclist, and makes you a bit more visible than one bike to traffic.
If you are fast enough to catch-up and overtake then you really ought to be fast enough to pull away and drop any tailgaters, or at the very least make them work hard for their draft!
I can imagine in central london the above might not apply, as I wouldn;t want to think of the rider 6inches behind me if I needed to brake suddenly due to a taxi or bendy bus.Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
I will not let anyone I don’t know and trust to draft me. I have no idea what their skills are and given the daily “near miss” that requires an hard stop I don’t want them running into the back of me. Its only happened a few times but they get told to “go away and procreate”Posted 9 years agoTimothyDMember
I don;t dislike drafting for the drafting aspect,i just like the sense of comuting alone as it were,i sometimes stop and have a drink from my water bottle and let anybody go past,it seems the most chlled way of not having people right behiend you.
Big effort comuting probably makes you breath fumes in more deeply i think,so i’m chilled about being slower than othe riders or stopping for a drink.Posted 9 years agodevsMember
I’ve been mountain biking for 2 years. This thread has made me feel like I never want to be considered a cyclist. You’re a peculiar bunch. If someone sees me as a target to be hung on too I’d take it as a compliment. Probably because it’s unlikely. That it would become a major issue just baffles me.Posted 9 years ago
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