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My wife learned a new riding trick today ...(5 posts)

My wife learned a new riding trick today ...Humma Hah
Sep 30, 2001 6:48 PM
This morning, I took my wife out to ride the start of MB1's little century out of Nokesville, VA. It is pretty country, the first 8 miles are pretty flat, and I knew she'd like it.

However, it was a bit windy, and not absolutely flat. I suggested she try drafting me, and coached her in. She's ridden since she was a girl, but not very much, never on an organized ride, and certainly no pacelining.

She learned to draft, but went one step further. She pulled alongside me (wheel lap!) and grabbed by backpack, so I could tow her up slight grades with a headwind.

The cruiser's massive wheels make it unlikely she could have wrecked me even if she clipped my wheels. The trick actually worked pretty well. She maintained control, and I actually enjoyed the extra load (riding with her, I have trouble getting enough exercise).
coolpeloton
Sep 30, 2001 6:56 PM
I think sometimes when you have been at a sport for a while you forget the magic of learning new skills. It's fun to remember through the vicarious experience of someone else's learning. Sounds like a good ride.
scooters & bicyclesdano
Sep 30, 2001 10:22 PM
A similiar trick you see constantly with teenagers in Europe is a scooter rider towing a friend on a bicycle. The bicycle rider grabs a bicep of the scooter rider and then the scooter rider uses the motor's power to propel them both along at quite a good clip. Scary to watch, but it is very common. However, the bicycle rider doesn't pedal at all while doing this. I'm not sure it would work so well between two bicycles with the slower rider trying to pedal at the same time.
Are you sure she wasn't pulling you up those hills?Spinchick
Oct 1, 2001 5:23 AM
You did mention the last part of the ride the day before beat you up ;-).
Even whupped at 88 miles ...Humma Hah
Oct 1, 2001 3:41 PM
... I could have out-ridden her. By Sunday morning I was actually feeling pretty good.