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single paceline safety(3 posts)

single paceline safetyworkingdog
Sep 5, 2002 9:37 PM
Riding buddies are split as to whether it is safer after pulling to drop back on the right or the left. I feel the right is safer because cars are pacing the group and aren't surprised by a biker popping out too far. Others feel riding the inside edge puts them in more danger.

Are there any statics on which way is safer?
follow the wind!!philippec
Sep 6, 2002 1:21 AM
It depends on the wind --- In a single paceline the lead rider drops off on the side that is sheltered from the wind. Unless ofm course you are out for a mega-workout and have the dropping riders fall off on the windward side!

Here 95% of the pacelines rotate away from the wind.

If you are worried about safety, increase your rotation frequency so that there is always a rider dropping off (but then you have a double paceline!)

Echelon works the opposite wayTig
Sep 6, 2002 5:01 AM
If an echelon can't be used due to narrow roads, etc., it is up to the riders to determine which side to drop back on. Your method is the best in this case since there is little enough protection and rest.

I'll include this for those who don't know: A cross wind paceline should echelon for wind protection and efficiency. Say if the wind is from the left, the line echelons diagonally off to the right. The pulling rider should drop back on the left, which puts them on the windward side. They should move over to diagonally to the right, parallel to the line as they fall back.

If they drop back on the protected side (right side in this case), they would have to constantly look back and adjust their relative position to avoid rubbing their back tire with the echeloned rider's front wheels. This would be dangerous. The only reason I'm bringing this up is because I see riders get confused and pull off on the wrong side.