I thought this was commuting?

by Flo K   April 5, 2011  

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This morning on a 12 mile commute into a strong head wind another rider sat on my back wheel for 9 miles, don't you just hate that; no offer of taking a turn! For the last 3 miles I really dug in, pushed as big a gear as I could in order to break him, but alas, all of the work I had put it had paid a toll and he sprinted past me just as we reached our destinations. I thought this was commuting, not the last 12 miles of a race or 12 mile TT. Bring it on again tomorrow!     

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Flick the elbow

posted by Old Cranky [276 posts]
5th April 2011 - 19:32

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9 miles?! I'd have lost patience long before that....

posted by step-hent [645 posts]
6th April 2011 - 16:48

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Stop for 30 seconds if it bothers you so much

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posted by vorsprung [285 posts]
7th April 2011 - 12:26

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Thanks for making my commute a walk in the park … see you next time Smile

posted by cuellarh [1 posts]
7th April 2011 - 17:52

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And you allowed it for 9 miles???!! Stop...and allow the wheelsucker to go past...simple.

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posted by The _Kaner [375 posts]
9th April 2011 - 12:59

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Lol,i get this occassionally. Trick is stay at 60% then when he/she trys to blow you away you have plenty left in the tank Wink GL for next time ;x

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
14th April 2011 - 20:03

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I have got the perfect solution; a motor that you put in the seat tube that 'kicks in' when you press a button on your gear lever! Bought it from some Swiss guy called Fabien. He said he has used it once to blow people off his back wheel and it worked really well!

posted by SideBurn [763 posts]
18th April 2011 - 8:43

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SideBurn wrote:
I have got the perfect solution; a motor that you put in the seat tube that 'kicks in' when you press a button on your gear lever! Bought it from some Swiss guy called Fabien. He said he has used it once to blow people off his back wheel and it worked really well!

The 2011 model doesn't seem quite as good as the 2010 version, mind Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7887 posts]
18th April 2011 - 10:13

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Fabien said the 2011 model is x-ray friendly; whatever that means!

posted by SideBurn [763 posts]
19th April 2011 - 16:13

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Doesn't bother me at all when someone does that to me. Happens all the time when lapping Regents Park. You have a few options, some which won't help you at all, some which will annoy the other guy, and some which will help you.

1. Get upset, start flicking the elbow, huff and puff. (hint: this ain't gonna help you much Wink )

2. Start doing intervals.

3. Ignore him entirely.

4. Go into TT mode, and bottle up the thought of him sitting on your wheel. When you're in your next TT, play it back in your head. It's a great way to stay mentally tough when you're going flat out in the last few miles.

posted by Matt_S [182 posts]
21st April 2011 - 10:32

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What really rubs it in is when the guy sails past on a 3-speed riding upright and whistling.

47 years of breaking bikes and still they offer me a 10 year frame warranty!

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posted by A V Lowe [468 posts]
24th April 2011 - 17:53

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