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  • Roadies – Etiquette etc.
  • michaelmcc
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    So, one thing I really dislike is when I’m out on a roadie ride by myself, and another rider catches up to me and subsequently sits on my wheel for the next few km, or until we go different directions. Only a small thing but it does my head in, it doesn’t bother me if another rider is faster than me, but if that’s the case can you pass me out and carry on rather than sitting on my wheel!!! As I said, only a small thing but does my nut in a bit. 😈

    End rant…

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    You need to get a life if that’s all you could think of for a discussion thread on here.

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    … useless without pics of your arse

    iolo
    Member

    Stop for 20 seconds, then start again and go on his wheel.
    Easy.

    project
    Member

    I’m out on a roadie ride by myself, and another rider catches up to me and subsequently sits on my wheel for the next few km, or until we go different directions

    Have the same problem on the bike with other vehicles but they usually decide to overtake at the most damgerous places, and have no idea what the mirrors or indicator are for.

    michaelmcc
    Member

    You need to get a life if that’s all you could think of for a discussion thread on here.

    You need to get a life mister if that’s the only reply you can think of πŸ™„ . I wasn’t trying to start a discussion, it was just a rant.

    And don’t get me started on some of the threads people start here, like “which spoke key”, or “which mini pump”… ffs!

    cynic-al
    Member

    I think it’s rude and potentially unsafe, have also been flamed for expressing that opinion.

    Guiding them into a pot hole works well, I am told, I just like to slow down gradually and see if they get the hint.

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    I just pretend it’s the end of a tour stage and start “messing about” try to get them to come through, then sprint past over an imaginary finish line, jersey zipped & arms aloft

    Premier Icon techsmechs
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    Carefully tip your head back, peer over your shoulder and empty the contents of your nose making sure to aim straight and true…..

    butcher
    Member

    A good fart should sort it out.

    allthepies
    Member

    Heavy front brake, rolling endo while simultaneously doing the “sign of the horns” gesture with your left hand.

    They’ll get the message.

    oldgit
    Member

    I’m okay with it as long as they’re not a clot.

    Premier Icon tonyg2003
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    It’s only rude if you are riding flat out and they half wheel you whilst chatting and not out of breathe.

    You have two options if it bothers you. 1. Drop back or stop. 2. drop them. Easy and chill about it.

    mrmo
    Member

    problem i find with tractors and equally applies to some riders, i can match the speed if i sit in, but that little extra to get past and build a real gap not a chance. To just sit there is a bit rude if you do it for a while, but aerodynamically it makes the front rider faster anyway.

    IanW
    Member

    Snot rocket?

    Or you could say hello and have someone to ride with next time.

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    Just keep flicking for right elbow like you have a nervous tick.

    Houns
    Member

    Buy a mountain bike and ride off road

    faz083
    Member

    I don’t see this as a problem? You want to talk to them then pull over to the right a bit and they should come up alongside you.

    michaelmcc
    Member

    You want to talk to them…..

    I don’t want to lol.

    Buy a mountain bike and ride off road

    I own three mountain bikes πŸ˜‰ .

    michaelmcc
    Member

    And nice one Rocketdog! lol!

    cheers_drive
    Member

    Anyone who catches up with me usually stops to chat before passing. Perhaps you’re inadvertently speeding up so he can’t pass, like a middle lane driver does πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    It’s punishment for letting them catch you.

    Rule 5.

    jonba
    Member

    Don’t like strangers drafting me. Think it is unsafe and rude. In a race or club run when it is expected it is fine but not with complete strangers.

    Normally a flick of the elbow will tell you if they are work shy or a novice. After that use it as a bit of race practice and attack or sit up and coast until they get the message.

    smell_it
    Member

    another rider catches up to me and

    you lost me there really.

    oldgit
    Member

    you lost me there really

    πŸ˜‰

    nosaintangel
    Member

    May have been flaggin after a hard ride!
    still should have pulled alongside and said hi.

    Premier Icon senor j
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    I’m with the op on this one too .
    However beware…I caught up with a couple of fellas last week ,I said hello&started to pass ,then the keen one decided it was hammer time.he left his mate behind and harried me for 2 miles .ha.
    I had my arse handed to me on a plate by a pensioner …shamefully ,I was glad his face was ashen when I caught him up in barnet .. πŸ˜€

    oldgit
    Member

    Ah you see that’s poor form. When someone passes, let them go, never ever chase. let them think they’re good, because it doesn’t matter.

    However one day you’ll be on the start line and you’ll meet again, only you’ll know what he has. Then you can sit him on his arse.

    michaelmcc
    Member

    Ah you see that’s poor form. When someone passes, let them go, never ever chase. let them think they’re good, because it doesn’t matter.

    Controversial! πŸ˜‰

    iamsporticus
    Member

    Glad Im not the only one this offends
    I dont mind a pal I trust up my jacksie, fnarr fnarr, but a random freeloader with unqualified bike skills can naff off

    Start hoiking up random phlegm and gobbing it whilst pretending you didnt know they were there

    Bunny hopping potholes also works

    Or just drop them

    cheers

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    +1 for phlegm

    mattsccm
    Member

    Let them go but only just. After all if they have caught or passed you they cannot be seen to be unable to keep up. don’t let them know you are pushing things though so whistling or something looks good.
    Agree with snot.

    Marmoset
    Member

    I’ll give them a tow for a minute then slow down, if no one is coming through then I sit up and tail them for a minute then go ahead, hopefully this initiates a bit of teamwork, if not I just sit up again and let them go.

    There’s an incredible amount of freeloaders up and down the shared cycle way here who look as though they’re spent when you drift on by but suddenly wake up when there’s a wheel available.

    It’s a difficult one to call as I’ve nearly been hit by some people who think they only have to have eyes on the back of my wheel, not realising that there is sometimes no time to signal something ahead.

    Premier Icon mikey-simmo
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    I was waved passed one in the peak yesterday. Kind I thought helpful I thought. Only he’d waved me past into the path of oncoming traffic. Idiot.

    david jey
    Member

    Sit up, have a chat, share the work.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I’ve no problem with being drafted. I’d appreciate acknowledgement but I’m not that bothered. It’s not like it makes my life harder is it?

    It is less safe in some situations, in town for instance, but I don’t think it’s much of an issue on the open road.

    Premier Icon benp1
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    How close do you have to be for it to be of benefit?

    I’ve had people behind me on my commute but frankly I’m not going that quickly so I doubt they’re doing it for speed! I’d always assumed it made a nice change to follow someone for a bit

    Some of them have then proceeded to overtake a while later, others either drop behind or turn off

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    Pull for a minute, then flick your right elbow up, check you’re safe to do so and move towards the right, allowing them to come through, then slot in on their wheel.

    If when you go right they follow you across the road and stay on your wheel then you are fully within your rights to smoke them. πŸ™‚

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