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Ever draft a big truck?(15 posts)

Ever draft a big truck?siclmn
Mar 15, 2002 3:50 PM
Has anyone ever drafted a big truck? I used to when I would be riding with a fast group and I would fall behind for some reason and I knew that I would not catch the group again unless I took a chance. It was always a big high when I would come flying up to the group and pass them and then I would let the truck go.
How about a bus...MrCelloBoy
Mar 15, 2002 4:13 PM
A highlight of my first year as a "serious" cyclist was drafting an AC Transit bus uphill at about 25 mph riding across Oakland to my parents house. This little kid was bobbing up and down in the back window, wigging that a bike could be keeping up.
I've always been partial to the smell of diesel exhaust.
Used to-alot.look271
Mar 15, 2002 4:55 PM
Where I used to live, my ride home would be on an approach road to a college campus that also had a truck terminal at the end of it. It wasn't unusual to be able to hook onto a semi and do 20+ mph up a gradual hill. =)))
oh sh*t !!!!quadzilla1
Mar 15, 2002 5:22 PM
two years ago I was drafting a UPS delivery truck on a flat 1.5 mile stretch at about 35 mph. We got o a red traffic light and had top stop. Not wanting to unclip, I just held onto the back corner of the truck while slightly aside of it. I grabbed a quick drink & breifly looked down to put the bottle back....the light goes green & truck pulls away immediately....I fell over in front of a line of traffic ! I was never so ashamed!
Ever PASS a big truck?grzy
Mar 15, 2002 5:28 PM
That's really a buzz.
Passed a couple of tractors and an SUV (Not all at one time!)look271
Mar 15, 2002 7:13 PM
Guy in the Explorer was PISSED! Does that count?
re: Ever draft a big truck?guido
Mar 15, 2002 8:07 PM
Trash trucks make great drafting, unless, of course they're full of garbage! I can usually accelerate with them from stoplights, and they seldom get over 35 mph, about where I'd spin out in highest gear.

Once on a country road I managed to pass a school bus, and stay ahead of it for about 5 miles. It kept almost catching me, then stopping to let kids off.
Drafted a semi up a hillMeMyselfandI
Mar 15, 2002 8:59 PM
Last year I was out on my normal route and got a chance to draft a semi. The light in front of me had just changed, and a semi had taken off in the right hand lane. I quickly pull up behind him as I am already at full speed and he is accelerating up the hill. Hundred yards later still going up the hill I am effortlessly sitting behind the truck saying to myself, "Is this guy EVER going to hit the gas?" Another 50 yards later I look down and we are going 35mph - up the hill. Needless to say my jaw dropped. The hill kept going, it picked up steepness and I ended up dropping off at 40mph.

One time I had a 30 mph tailwind. That was REAL fun. With my heart rate in zone 2 I would be going 30 mph. Then I turned around. Heart rate in zone 5 going nine mph.
Lettuce trucksTarantula
Mar 15, 2002 10:18 PM
I work 3 to midnight and sometimes really need to ride after work. Our town is between the fields and the main highway north and south. The lettuce trucks grind their way through town from stoplight to stoplight to get to the freeway. It's great sprinting to draft these guys and only occasionaly do the local Gendarmes take exception. Great sport and a great workout. Didn't say I was particularly bright, though.
Mar 16, 2002 5:38 AM
I passed a ferarri once... sure, it was stuck in traffic at the time but I whizzed past! I still remember that feeling, how great!
Bad Idea?MJ
Mar 16, 2002 10:44 AM
had a friend who drafted a bus once (25mph) - it through out a big piece of lumber and not realising the front tyre had just blown he went down at the corner and slid across the street into the curb on the other side

sometimes it pays to see what's on the road - but yes we still draft trucks
Yes...went 55mph behind it!DT
Mar 16, 2002 12:53 PM
Last year I came upon a right hand corner with a RR track on it and a semi was slowing down to pass me, so I jumped behind it and managed to stay with it as it accellerated, up to 55 mph! I stayed with it, averaging about 50, for 3 miles...I knew the road really well, and it was great pavement. Wife wasn't too happy when I told her! :o)
re: Ever draft a big truck?SingleThreaded
Mar 16, 2002 9:57 PM
I've grown to liking the midsize USPS trucks, not the jeeps, the slightly bigger box shaped ones. They are nice and low to the ground and nice and wide. They adhere to the speed limit and typically ride around 25 mph when transiting. Get behind one of them and you can go effortlessly forever or until you get bored. Once rested, you can slingshot out to some really nice top speeds on your own.
Get an unintentional boost on one route ...Humma Hah
Mar 17, 2002 8:43 AM
... There's a 1.5 mile stretch of Liberia Ave near here, 35 mph speed limit (but the trucks do 45), bike lane on the right side of the pavement, very flat, very straight. Its a nice place to attempt max-speed sprints.

When doing high-speed runs there, there's a very noticable momentary speed increase when big trucks pass, due to the tailwind they produce. Its not quite the same as drafting.

I had the cruiser up to 29.5 mph there on Friday night, finishing up a 27-mile ride. After dark!
re: Ever draft a big truck?arslan
Mar 17, 2002 12:00 PM
WOW. I thought that only happened in South Asian countries, where I come from.