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Funny but Dangerous...(11 posts)

Funny but Dangerous...eschelon
Jun 30, 2003 11:46 AM
thing happened on a ride late last week...I was finishing off my 40 mile ride and I still felt spunky and decided to gun it as fast I could off the last traffic light before I pull off and go home. Red...Green! I take off behind this car full of teenagers and start drafting off of their car...the speed hits around 35 mph and then all of sudden the kids in the car do a doubletake in the back seat looking at me in disbelief that I was keeping up behind them...there are other vehicles around me, including a motorcyclist to the left of me...this was going on for about 1 mile before my pull off section...the kids in the car were yapping away and looking in disbelief at me while giving me the thumbs up and applause...but at this speed, I didn't dare acknowledge their praise and amazement...too many things can go wrong if I take my eyes off of the road ahead of me to anticipate any problems.

I know this is very dangerous...but sometimes you gotta live on the edge.
I agreeandy02
Jun 30, 2003 11:57 AM
I had a huge tail wind (~25mph) on the way home a few weeks ago and was able to pass a car going about 30-35mph. there is nothing funnier then watching peoples faces when you pass then on a bike.
I agreeafrican
Jun 30, 2003 11:59 AM
I concur, love passing cars and love to beat them at the green light pull off.
Yep...asphalt assault
Jul 1, 2003 2:45 AM
Yesterday I was keeping up with traffic at 30mph in 25mph zone with a little tailwind, slack-jawed people in cars crack me up:)

Lotsa' times I enjoy riding during afternoon rush hour because I'm faster then the cars!
Good stuff...t0adman
Jun 30, 2003 12:05 PM
There's a section of road on my favorite ride called the Arboretum. The speed limit is 25 but it starts with a gradual downhill that helps get the speed up. Last week I rode through it with three other riders and we averaged about 36 mph for a little over a mile. It was great!
Good stuff...brider
Jun 30, 2003 1:09 PM
SOme of my old team rides went through there -- Seattle on the way back towards the U-district, right? It was pretty common to have to back off because of cars going too slow! I've also drafted off school buses. But the best vehicle for drafting is an old VW Microbus.
re: Funny but Dangerous...paulg
Jun 30, 2003 12:38 PM
It's been many years since, but I used to love drafting the moped riders on Martha's Vineyard Island!

One year I vacationed there with my wife. She used a moped and I had my bike - did some great fun rides with her!

re: Funny but Dangerous...UcannotBsirius
Jun 30, 2003 1:57 PM
On some of the steep descents round here (great climbs...)you can hit over 50mph easily. Often overtake cars and it really freaks the drivers out. Overtook a motorbike on Sunday!

As everyone else says, yes there is an element of danger. I am basically a coward who doesn't like pain, but the buzz of doing stuff like that over-rides anythng else. If you trust your abilities and reactions (and are healthily cynical about everyone else's!) then this kind of stuff just helps you feel alive, which is what it's all about to me.
re: Funny but Dangerous...aliensporebomb
Jun 30, 2003 1:00 PM
Last summer in the last 8-10 miles of a ride I was heading
downhill (adjacent to a downhill ski/ski jump area) and
passed a Nissan sedan doing 42 mph. I could see the driver
do a double-take and swerve slightly as he just couldn't
believe that a bike was passing him up. Priceless but you
gotta watch out - sometimes they'll swerve unexpectedly and
that's the potential problem.
Damn right!2300 Edmontonian
Jun 30, 2003 1:21 PM
My high school has a rec centre, a bus stop and another catholic high school attached to it, there's nothing like speeding by after schools when the cars are all tangled up.. no doubt!
re: Funny but Dangerous...Fredrico
Jul 1, 2003 6:11 AM

A friend and I used to draft trash trucks off intersections. They don't accelerate very fast and provide a nice shield to the wind, despite obvious drawbacks if recently loaded.

Once drafted a school bus along a country road, from stop to stop, finally managing to pass. Then she chased me for about three miles, but didn't catch up until the end. All the kids were doing high fives and cheering as they passed.

Then there's the story of Mario Cippolini drafting a motorcycle along an autostrada and getting a ticket from police. I hope he saved it.