I don’t really get the whole attitude toward people ‘wheelsucking’.
Slipstreaming is more efficient
If he’s on a mountain bike, he’s unlikely to be faster than you head-to-head (if he is, shame on you!) and so he’s not really going to want to do his ‘time in the wind’
If he wants to look at your bum and make his life (and yours*) easier by slipstreaming, so be it.
*apparently even the person at the front of a group gets a minor aero advantage by others trailing in their slipstream. Source: Chris Boardman told me on the TdF.Posted 4 years ago
I reckon Chris is wrong or his argument doesn’t apply in most cases. I can feel the backwards pull of a big lorry or bus before it overtakes me on the open road, transitioning into a gentle tow as/after it passes.
Maybe it’s different in a race team with all riders in aero crouches and riding within centimetres of each others wheels. Kind of like doubling the length and weight of your car and fitting a second engine vs having two cars. Both engines would benefit, but only because the airflow is properly uninterrupted.
Probably not the case for most of us, most of the time.Posted 4 years agoEdric 64Member
You’re bound to feel increased wind as a bus or lorry passes you; that’s the air they are displacing rushing along the sides to fill the vacuum behind them so it will be moving slightly faster than your own air.
Thats why dual carriageway timetrials are quick if there are lots of big vehicles ,got a good tow of 3 coaches in convoy the other week 😆Posted 4 years ago
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