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Drafting(5 posts)

Aug 22, 2002 12:16 PM
Can a larger rider draft off a smaller rider or would the affects be negligible.I'm 5'4" about 130lb.My friend is 6'6" and about 250lb. Would he get any benfits of drafting off me?We're riding together in a century this weekend and we haven't ridden together.He tends to think that he will be doing most of the work.
He'll get some benefitTJeanloz
Aug 22, 2002 1:03 PM
The benefit to you will be greater than the benefit to him, but riding with you in front of him will be easier than riding solo.
He'll get some benefitbm
Aug 22, 2002 1:31 PM
there are benefits, i believe, up to six feet behind you. the pacemaker in front does not 'block' the wind. he/she breaks the wind so the drafters don't have to. larger drafters might feel wind to their faces but there are still economical benefits.
Some benefit, yes..TypeOne
Aug 22, 2002 2:49 PM
but I was wondering about this the other day, when I pulled up behind some guy who must have been close to 7' tall. (I think it was Blair Rasmussen, a former NBA journeyman, because he had a custom bike from a local framemaker who has advertised that he made a frame for the guy.)
No matter who he was or how tall he was, it was clear that even on the hoods, my ( 5' 9") body was well below his saddle height as I sat on his wheel. And I felt the benefit of the draft.
Doh - Master of the Obviousgrzy
Aug 22, 2002 3:41 PM
Read the full question - original poster was asking if the larger rider actually receives any benefit from drafting the smaller rider. It's pretty dang obvious that the little guys do just fine drafting big guys.

In any event the whole issue is pretty moot when one realizes that all you need to do to even things out is adjust the amount of time each rider spends on the nose. Big/small or stronger/weaker - it matters not the fitter rider spends more time pulling and if it's done right and the course isn't too hilly and abilities aren't too far apart (lots and lots of "ifs") both riders can finish the ride pretty equally spent. All bets are off if you get dropped.