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what is half-wheeling?(7 posts)

what is half-wheeling?SLB
Jul 24, 2003 10:37 AM
as in "This guy was half-wheeling me the whole race" I assume it's a bad thing, just not sure what it is.
re: what is half-wheeling?BrokenSpoke
Jul 24, 2003 11:08 AM
The only time I have heard it mentioned is when the trailing rider continually overlaps the lead riders rear wheel. This is dangerous for the trailing rider because it the wheels touch due to the overlap, the trailing rider usually hit the the ground often taking other riders with him. Not a good thing. Like a lot of cycling jargon, what this means in my area may be different in your reigon.
You will hear that but it's incorrect...Dwayne Barry
Jul 24, 2003 3:03 PM
that is "over-lapping" wheels not half-wheeling but lots of people mis-use the latter for the former.

Half-wheeling is when two riders are riding side by side and one keeps going that little bit faster so that he is "half a wheel" ahead. Very annoying for the other rider because then he's got to pick-up the pace to get side-by-side again. Once you've experienced it, you'll know it because it is annoying if you're just trying to ride with someone else at a conversational pace. Most people who do it are clueless that they're doing it, then you accelerate to match them, they think the pace is fine and they go a little faster, half-wheeling you again, you pick it up again, and before you know it, you're no longer going at a conversational pace.

The cure is not to match them when they start half-wheeling you, if they're the least bit perceptive, they'll back off and ride at the pace you want to ride.
Jul 25, 2003 4:54 AM
Half-wheeling is a good way to start off riding 18 mph and end up going 24. When someone starts to half-wheel me, I usually slow up just a little. If they are really clueless, they won't notice until they are 100 ft up the road.
Yes indeedspincircles
Jul 25, 2003 6:49 AM
My 2 dogs do this when out for a walk. One of them insists on being a head length ahead of the other. I soon find myself jogging behind them and I have to restore pace and order in our little pack. It's the same dynamic with bike racers. I've suggested a leash and choke collar for the offending member of my riding group. We just let him go and then take turns bridging up, grabbing his jersey, and making him pull us until the group catches up.
Jul 25, 2003 11:02 AM
There is this guy that I ride with from time to time (as little as possible)that is the freaking king of the hill half wheel. He is too chicken to race so any time he goes out with guys that race, its his opportunity for his own little personal glory. Any time the road turns uphill, he has got to half wheel the lead rider. I swear to god I have slowed down to 5 or 6 mph and there he sits. He will accelerate with you until you drop him (he truly believes this is what racing is about). He is invisible in pack until the road goes uphill, then its balls to the wall to get that half a bike length. Makes me angry just thinking about it. Arrrrrrrhhhhhhh!!!!!!
be sneaky, hang onto his seat baglonefrontranger
Jul 25, 2003 6:07 PM
that's assuming he has one. Or if you're tricky you can hang onto his seat rails.

I've had guys go for a mile thinking their tire was going soft by doing this. A couple times and your half-wheel offender will usually get the message.

Or not. We've had a chain of 3 or 4 riders hanging off the seatpost of one particularly clueless cad.