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excellent ride(12 posts)

excellent rideraboboy
May 8, 2002 9:59 AM
Ok, I am fairly new to cycling having just started up late last fall, but I just had an excellent experience last night on my daily ride. I have this 20-ish mile loop nearby that I like to hit after work (i get home late and don't have a lot of time weekdays to do much more), it gives me a decent workout for the amount of time I have. Well, last night was my first time being drafted. About half-way through I caught up to and passed another biker (at a stop sign) who then decided to cling on to me for my last 8-9 miles. Let me just say that I felt complimented by this. He looked fairly competent (well, in decent shape, anyway) and had a nicer bike (we both had c'dales) than me, but seemed content with the pace I was setting (~20mph av. for that part of the ride).

I've read posts here about drafting & being drafted by strangers, but was unable to participate becuase I had not the experience. BUT, I can definately say now that it was cool towing along someone else and it was a confidence booster. Maybe it's because I always ride alone, maybe because I'm a newbie, maybe because it's only happened to me once. Who knows? Who cares? I just wanted to let y'all know about it. It has also made me think of joining a club to do some group rides... hmm.. we'll see.

Thanks for listening.
oh, man, you blew it!DougSloan
May 8, 2002 10:09 AM
Actually, the guy is pissed as hell because the whole 8 miles he was behind you he was trying to pass and you would not get out of his way.

Doug :-)
oh, man, you blew it!mwood
May 8, 2002 10:20 AM
I thought you were going to say he missed the opportunity to experience the draft as the tow-ee, not tow-er...
oh, man, you blew it!DougSloan
May 8, 2002 10:42 AM
Just poking fun... I know that won't make any sense unless you followed the thread about the mountain biker not being able to pass on the single track.

It is fun to experience all there is in cycling, including drafting and pulling.
LOL! Did he asked to pass. NMLowend
May 8, 2002 12:07 PM
haha. no, there was plenty of room for him to pass. :) nmraboboy
May 8, 2002 12:54 PM
re: similar experiencewulf
May 8, 2002 11:04 AM
I'm newer to this than you, but a (kind of) similar experience about a week ago. Riding at a local Denver park with a 2+ mile loop, on about my 6th lap, I heard a strange noise behind me, but couldn't really see anything right behind me. When I finally figured it out, I had three roller bladers that were training for a race in Co Spgs the next weekend sucking on my back wheel. It made me feel great, speed up a bit with the "pressure", and it really made me hold the straight line and consistent speed that all you good guys talk
Same hererideslikeagirl
May 8, 2002 11:59 AM
Couldn't figure out what the heck the noice was until I noticed a blader behind me.

Got to hand it to him, I couldn't shake him for about a mile. (because, once I noticed him, I of course had to speed up!) ;)
re: excellent ridenewhouse
May 8, 2002 11:32 AM
isn't that the best feeling! i was doing my first organized charity ride last year and my buddy and me were chugging along at a decent clip. we were just talking and it seemed like we were the only ones on the road. as we come up to a stop sign, i realize that a paceline had formed behind us and we'd been pulling for the last few miles. that's when i got hooked on cycling.
sucking wheelsTarantula
May 8, 2002 3:20 PM
This is to thank all you guys that have been tolerant of me on your wheel. I am just getting out of the winter/pizza training mode and have been in terrible shape. I finally had someone drafting me last week so I know I'm progressing.
re: excellent rideguido
May 8, 2002 8:49 PM
Back in the halcyon days of the late 80s riding in Rock Creek Park in DC, I'd find myself in the same situation: going along at a nice clip with my friend Kato, and we'd pick up riders like the Pied Piper. By the time we got to Bethesda, we might have 10 riders, gaggling along like a flock of geese, turning heads, occassionally getting hi-fives from passers-by. Learned about pack riding, got much fitter, and started a love affair with cycling that has lasted to this present day.
You ain't seen nuthin' yetI Love Shimano
May 8, 2002 4:32 PM
It well get better when you look back and see ten rodies sucking YOUR wheel. Aaaaaaah, the perks of cycling!