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Proper Trail Manners?....(4 posts)

Proper Trail Manners?....asphalt assault
Jun 17, 2003 4:31 PM
I was tooling along at 20 mph the other day and another biker rolled past me a coupla' mph faster, nooded hello and continued. I picked up the pace a notch to pace myself with him. I hung about 30 ft back and spun along and at the same speed and when we came to a stop sign up a ways he sort of gave me a dirty look and turned around and went back the other way.

Is it frowned upon to pace with another rider like I did? As I said, I wasn't even close enough to draft off him or "suck off his rear wheel" as an earlier post said today. I dont think 30ft back was endangering him in any way.

Hmmm, maybe he was just a stroke?
re: Proper Trail Manners?....My Dog Wally
Jun 17, 2003 4:59 PM
Let me get this straight: he rode as far as a stop sign, stopped, turned around and scowled, then went back in the direction he'd just come from? Maybe he forgot something and had to go back and get it. Or maybe he just remembered something he'd neglected to do, and it ticked him off. I mention these possibilities because there's no earthly reason your riding 30 feet behind him should have ticked him off. Unless he's androphobic. Or he considers you such a fred that he found your ability to keep up with very upsetting.
He may have thought you were right on his tail...biknben
Jun 18, 2003 5:09 AM
Maybe he didn't know you were 30 ft. back. You pulled up to the stop just after him so he may have thought you were drafting him.

Either way, it doesn't matter. Please don't loose sleep over this. It's not worth it.

I'm starting to be thankfull I don't have MUTs near me.
re: Proper Trail Manners?....commuterguy
Jun 18, 2003 6:52 AM
As described, I don't think you did anything improper. But, as described, I am not sure you can be sure the guy was upset with you. He might have been upset that his ride was already half over.

You were right in not getting on his wheel--I think it is a really bad idea to do that on an MUT, at least without asking for permission. I think drafting on a crowded MUT is a bad idea, period: too much slowing down,waiting for passing opportunities etc. And don't get me started about people who get in their aerobars on crowded MUTs and ride down the middle of the path, screaming at other trail users to get out of the way....