Drafting

The etiquette of drafting strangers

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Iron Pingu    pirate
28/08/2013 at 12:44

So I ask because I’ve had a couple of guys do it to me (actually it's happened quite a few times). 

I’m doing my commute which is normally at a comfortable pace on country roads and I’ll see a cyclist ahead.  As I get nearer I’m going faster so I overtake.  Now I know from experience this will cause the cyclist to automatically speed up so I up the pace to give a bit of distance.  What I don’t like is when the fecker then speeds up not only to my original pace but to my new speeded up pace and jumps on my tail and drafts me! 

Am I being grumpy and should I be finding randoms who I can draft behind?

Symes    pirate
28/08/2013 at 12:48

I usually let them sit on for a minute or two, invite them past, if they don't come through I usually start freewheeling and eventually stop, very childish but what the hell, they're not getting a free ride from me 

Ironholgs    pirate
28/08/2013 at 12:48

I've never been fast enough to have anyone want to draft off me....you should be flattered

Cake    pirate
28/08/2013 at 12:49

Pingu this happens to me a few times not often because I'm sh*te but every now and them. It's strange you suddening feel a presence behind you. I quite often go through throughts on the bike or sing so it can be embarrising as well.

Darkness    pirate
28/08/2013 at 12:51

You are being grumpy!

You do actually get some aero benefit from having someone on your tail.

Start waggling your elbow like a chicken to get them to come through.

Red_dog_chris    pirate
28/08/2013 at 12:54

I think the paperlad might have drafted me one the git.

Darkness    pirate
28/08/2013 at 12:54

iPhone double post

Edited: 28/08/2013 at 12:55
The Silent Assassin    pirate
28/08/2013 at 12:58

I used to get a guy do this to me on my comute to work, did it a few days running till I emptied the contents of one of my bottles, haven't seen him since.

In serious mode I have been out of a sunday ride and have had a group come past and have jumped on the back of them, if you then ask if they mind, they are generally OK, they may decline or ask you to do a turn on the front unless they are Warrington CC in that case they are complete arses and don't even acknowledge you are there.

 

TheEngineer    pirate
28/08/2013 at 13:06
Iron Pingu wrote (see)

So I ask because I’ve had a couple of guys do it to me (actually it's happened quite a few times). 

I’m doing my commute which is normally at a comfortable pace on country roads and I’ll see a cyclist ahead.  As I get nearer I’m going faster so I overtake.  Now I know from experience this will cause the cyclist to automatically speed up so I up the pace to give a bit of distance.  What I don’t like is when the fecker then speeds up not only to my original pace but to my new speeded up pace and jumps on my tail and drafts me! 

Am I being grumpy and should I be finding randoms who I can draft behind?

My question would be... if you were happy going at your original pace, why not let the person you overtake have a free ride? You carry on as you were and they get to go at your speed whilst not working any harder... If it's to satisfy ego, then drop them if you can, but don't blame them if your new pace is uncomfortable - you're the one setting it!

That said, if I were you I'd take it as a compliment if they're willing to pedal that bit harder to stare at your ar*e. 

 

Rafiki    pirate
28/08/2013 at 13:16

So, so tempted to mention fat a*ses ........... but best behave myself

Iron Pingu    pirate
28/08/2013 at 13:35

 

 

Engineer, it's not so much the pace it's the having a random attaching themselves to my back wheel.  Quite often I'm not even aware they're there until I look over my shoulder because I need to pull out. 

I'm like Cake, off in my own world ... though less chance of singing more talking to myself

 

 

Iron Pingu    pirate
28/08/2013 at 13:37

SA, I think if it's a group it's a litle different as they're out being social.  Jumping on a strangers tail in the middle of nowhere I think is a bit of an invasion of personal space. 

Maybe learning to pee on the bike is the answer

28/08/2013 at 13:39

I think it would be polite of them to let you know that they are there.  On the rare occasions where I've managed to stay on the wheel of an overtaker, I've always asked if it's ok.

I can only recall once when someone's sat on my wheel and I'm not sure how long there were there before I noticed, but once I did, I started chatting to them.  

cougie    pirate
28/08/2013 at 13:41
I'd be aware that if I passed someone on the bike then they might jump onto my wheel - it shouldn't come as a surprise - especially as you've said its happened several times.

They should come through and share the pace though if they can. If they can't then just keep increasing the pace until they can't hack it any more !
Cake    pirate
28/08/2013 at 13:42
Iron Pingu wrote (see)

Maybe learning to pee on the bike is the answer

 Someone did that to me at outlaw in 2010 while I was trying to overtake. The nightmares never end. 

28/08/2013 at 13:52
Cake wrote (see)
Iron Pingu wrote (see)

Maybe learning to pee on the bike is the answer

 Someone did that to me at outlaw in 2010 while I was trying to overtake. The nightmares never end. 

what!

why have i only just found out that this occurs - after i have signed up!

Cake    pirate
28/08/2013 at 13:53

 Enjoy and don't ever draft.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
28/08/2013 at 14:02

Sometimes if I'm pootling along and someone comes past I'll try & keep up, but it's not so much a chance of a free ride as a kick up the backside that I should be putting more effort in and keeping up with these guys.  Take it as a compliment IP, they see you as a challenge to keep pace with.

The Silent Assassin    pirate
28/08/2013 at 14:09
Budjude wrote (see)
Cake wrote (see)
Iron Pingu wrote (see)

Maybe learning to pee on the bike is the answer

 Someone did that to me at outlaw in 2010 while I was trying to overtake. The nightmares never end. 

what!

why have i only just found out that this occurs - after i have signed up!

You now need to know how Golden Boots got his name and how many times Monique used be able to pee on the bike

 

28/08/2013 at 14:13

CD - I usually let them go past as I'm just starting out and not good enough to keep up - but this morning a young lad came past on a battery powered bike pedalling all willy-nilly and he laughed as he went past...talk about a red rag to a bull. Cavendish would have been proud. I was fair whizzing

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