Roady etiquette question
I’m new to road riding, have riden In a small group of 4 once otherwise I ride alone. Been riding a road bike since September.
So I was tootling along on the flat today, riding by myself, doing around 20mph. Another dude joined the road a bit behind me from a slip road and pulled up behind me very close. I looked round and said Hi and he didn’t say anything back.
After maybe a mile of this, sat inches from my back wheel he pulled out and started to overtake. A teensy pissed off at his rudeness I accelerated too. He shouted “what the f*** are you doing?” So I smiled and did my best Cav impression and pushed to the junction about a mile and a half away. We did a bit of elbow to elbow and he eventually dropped back then turned at the junction when I went straight on.
So what did I do wrong? Is it normal in road riding for a stranger to drop behind you for a ‘lift’ for a mile. I know it was a bit stubborn to accelerate when he came past but he had been rude too IMO.
I beat him so that’s all that really matters right?Posted 4 years ago
I’m new to road riding
Yes, yes you are.
When you become less new you will appreciate that riding behind someone is not an offer of sex, or an attempt to be rude, it’s a way of sharing the pace making and allows two riders to go a bit quicker than a single rider.
Accelerating when he comes round to do his turn is not the thing to do, if you really don’t want him on your wheel, you can slow down and let him go or speed up and leave him behind.
Next time try saying ‘Hello, been far?’, or flicking your right elbow to indicate that it’s his turn on the front.Posted 4 years ago
Scott – absolutely not a troll. A new roady. I don’t know what I was meant to do. I thought it was rude that he sat 3 inches from my wheel without saying anything but I don’t know if this is the norm? I know it was a. Bit of a stubborn thing to do to accelerate but I thought he had been quite provocative in the way he had ridden.Posted 4 years ago
So that’s what I’m asking Crikey… This is normal and I should expect it?
Pretty much, although he should have responded.
You’ll learn very quickly about how to approach other folk, and sometimes people are quiet or shy or non-communicative at first. No harm in gently sitting up and having a chat, or in a wave to send him past you.
…you’ll meet quite a few characters too.Posted 4 years agoNormal ManSubscriber
Somewhere on a roadie forum there is a post that goes something like:
Out today, really hit a wall, then caught up with another rider. Thought I’d catch my breath before taking my turn on the front. In fact I was so shattered when the guy turned round to say ‘hi’ I couldn’t even reply!
Then, once I’d recovered (after a mile or so) I tried to move to the front he started a full on elbow to elbow sprint!
No offence OP. Just couldn’t help it 😉Posted 4 years ago
Never met a knob roadie (on the road) in all my life, certainly nothing like that. I read about stuff like this all the time, never had it happen.Posted 4 years ago
I’d say I get on with every stranger/roadie I meet on the road, but I never let my agenda slip.
Also if someone wants my wheel I’ll take it as a compliment that they feel safe there.hebdencyclistMember
Maybe he didn’t want a chat. It’s not a crime. Maybe he was working hard, training to a specific goal, and wanted to focus. Roadie etiquette – you can share the work with a stranger without having to swap phone numbers. Your unpredictable change of pace as he drew alongside you would have come across to him as a bit childish, possibly dangerous.Posted 4 years ago
Just best to let them pass, let them think they’re better than you. After all you set out to ride alone so do so.Posted 4 years ago
Though thinking about it ‘etiquette’ isn’t a set of rules with roadies it’s more of a ‘sense’
Chasing someone is the biggest sign of a bellend, like wheel spinning your car in the supermarket car park. So much so that when a nice young polite guy passed me Saturday then upon hitting a headwind he rose from the saddle which made him slow. I was catching up with him without trying praying he would turn off to avoid the embarrassment of passing him, he did thankfully.
Tough old world. I’d say just keep it in your pants.faz083Member
It is. And I’ll tell you why. Why would you go out on a road ride and just plod along, other than to wait for a slower rider to pass you so you can purposefully make them suffer?
So, if that IS what you do – you’re not a liar but an extremely sad person.
However, as there is no other reasonable explanation for riding at far below your maximum output for sustained periods of time, I am not sure what the answer could be.
I’ve had people come past me a handful of times in 10000 miles of riding on the road. I have however passed (both on the same and opposite side of the carriageway) probably several thousands of riders. It just does not happen often if you are riding with intent. The most recent occurrence was towards the end of a rather long jaunt and I was mentally preparing myself for what sugary delights I was going to devour when I walked through the door, when a rider whipped past me at speed, WITHOUT SAYING HELLO!!!!! So, did I chase him down to teach him a lesson? No. I carried on, accepted as a fact of life, and continued on at my own pace.
My point? I have never been overtaken in a situation where I am in a position to chase them down because that situation does not exist! At least, not on my rides.
That is all.Posted 4 years ago
If you read my posts dragon you will see his is the first time this has happened to me. I have been mtbing for a decade, in my experience people stop and chat, share trail info, give way if you’re coming downhill etc and I am courteous to other bikers and walkers.
So i was surprised and a bit indignant when a fellow biker arrived very close behind me, ignored me when I tried to make contact and then just pulled out. So I thought I’d show him. I understand now that’s not the right thing to do. This thread has been useful. Dont just post saying it was odd behaviour.Posted 4 years agoDanWMember
It’s true that the oddest thing in this whole situation is for the front rider to accelerate and prevent the rider behind overtaking. Everything else is fairly normal.
It’s irritating when someone sits on your wheel and enjoying the draft you’re giving them but doesn’t want to even acknowledge you
Who cares? There’s no race going on during a solo ride. You would have been out for a ride by yourself had the other guy not shown up and he didn’t inconvenience you at all by riding behind you.
Not all roadies are sociable creatures at the best of times but most likely scenario is he was too bloomin’ knackered to say hello and wanted the tiniest hand in getting home for a few miles and when he’d recovered enough to actually return the favour some plonker decided to keep him in the middle of the road and start some pointless race.Posted 4 years ago
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