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would this generally be a bad idea?(4 posts)

would this generally be a bad idea?dustin73
May 29, 2001 8:05 PM
i just found the funnest way to work on sprinting. see, i live in a small german town of like 7000 people, most of which are middle aged folks. around 6pm, traffic on main street gets light, so i've started riding a loop from my house, to main and back. it's about 2.5 miles. anyway...main street is about 2 miles long, so tonight, i got the idea of hitting the lights red and getting behind a vehicle. (here's where my question comes in) then, when the vehicle takes off 'cause of the green light, i try to keep up with it for either 2 blocks or next red light, whichever comes first. so is that a risky thing to do? or are the cars serving as handy little "riding partners?" like i said, traffic's really light from 6-8, so i don't think i'm in danger...
re: would this generally be a bad idea?Dutchy
May 30, 2001 12:47 AM
It's not too dangerous. Just keep your hands over the brakes. Keep looking past the car for other traffic or red lights. I like to tail-gate buses or semi's thay take off nice and slow and gradually build speed. Last week I was tailing a semi and got up to 55kph/34mph for about 20 secs, before he pulled away too much for me to remain in the slipstream. With trucks and buses it is impossible to see past them. It is fun though.
re: would this generally be a bad idea?VaMootsman
May 30, 2001 8:05 AM
If you have to ask.....
re: would this generally be a bad idea?PingPong
May 30, 2001 8:52 AM
The biggest danger has to be that of the driver braking hard. When doing anything dangerous it is always good to keep half a mind on your escape route in case things goes wrong. As you get tighter up to the bumper of the car/truck move towards the corner of the vehicle so that you have the option of slipping down the side of it if it brakes heavily.

If another vehicle approaches you from behind the risks involved are doubled - think of the fun involved in head butting a truck, hitting the deck and then being ground along the road for a few yards by a car!