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Today I was extending my route home from work to take in some of the lovely smooth roads around Dunham Massey, but first I had to get out through the suburbs of Manchester. When I got to a junction in Flixton I pulled up behind another quite roady looking guy. Still had winter tights on, but maybe he though it would rain. We pulled away from the lights and I found myself following him. I was getting quite close behind him, like 2m sometimes and was actually wondering if I was getting any drafting effect from him as it was quite windy. However, I kept falling behind to 10m as I was often worried about not seeing the potholes coming.

He seemed to be averaging about 28kph so I eased off a couple of times as the road was quite narrow with overtaking cars, so not much chance to pass. After about 2.5km the road widened out and was a slight down slope. Now I like to take a bit of free speed and will happily push downhill, so I sped up and overtook him. I would like to average 30 and though I would ease away from him.

However as I glanced back for the occasional car/junction, I could see he was now following me just as closely. Either I had slowed down a bit or he had sped up to keep up with me. Was he getting revenge for me tailing him? He followed me through Partington until I turned off, thinking 'Well done mate, you win' part annoyed, part sarcastically.

This quite annoys me, these 'Speeder uppers' this one was quite subtle but I have seen other more conspicuous examples where they suddenly realize they want to go faster once they have been passed. I find it a bit off putting and distracting on the road to have someone follow me closely. I think, this isn't a race and if it was you already lost when I caught up to you, why have you changed your tune now?

Just me?

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abudhabiChris [691 posts] 5 years ago
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It sounds like he thought you were up for it. You'd spent a bit of time sitting behind him, you came past and he probably thought you were offering him a lift so he sat in behind you. Reasonable assumption.

I wouldn't appreciate having someone I didn't know draft me if they were very close, like inches away, but from your description it seems he was leaving reasonable clearance so there was no safety issue.

In which case, what's the problem ?

It's draft BTW. I don't care what logic you apply, the word in this context is draft not draught.

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NeilXDavis [125 posts] 5 years ago
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Lots of comments on this issue already so I will keep it brief.

I do around 150 miles+ a week and often come across other cyclists, my rules are simple I ALWAYS say hello to cyclists I catch or pass going the other way - even though the new age 'mamils' don't really seem to get the whole polite thing maybe its old school.

As long as you have said hello and communicate then any drafting is fine - I encourage a bit of taking turns...if however someone just sits there and doesn't say a word (as I had only a couple of days ago) I will drop it hard on a climb and try and drop them....

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Steve_S_T [38 posts] 5 years ago
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This is a well timed thread foe me as I passed, then got draughted by, two guys on Sunday morning. I had my head down and was vaguely aware of the second guy (he turned off somewhere and I didn't realise), but the first guy (in full Saxo Sunguard kit) had been behind me for several miles when I turned off. As I turned right he passed me on the inside, he had a broad smile and said "thanks for the ride" or words to that effect. So he'd enjoyed the tow (I wasn't aware of him being there for quite a while) and had done me no harm so what's to get annoyed about? Furthermore he might have been struggling with fatigue or had hunger knock, in which case I was his good Samaritan.

It's not something I'd generally do myself but I have, on occasions, been passed by riders, on a hill for instance, but have then kept up with them on the flat having resumed my previous pace as the road levels out. In that instance if I got close to them they might well get the impression that I've sped up to draught them when in truth it's just that they were quicker riding up the hill.

Basically life's too short, just enjoy your ride and treat being draughted as an ego boost - usually nobody draughts somebody who is riding slower then them unless they're in need of a rest for physical reasons, either way you can self massage the ego as a strong man of this bit of road.  16

Steve.

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Jasonnz1 [23 posts] 5 years ago
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Simple hello, and thanks will work every time (I still find it funny how it seems such a hard thing to do for some people), no need to get complicated, do your turn let them do theirs, and if you are going the same way work together it'll speed you up and also make you more obvious for traffic to see.
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Bez [620 posts] 5 years ago
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I'm not a fan of towing with people I don't know. I never take an unsolicited tow off anyone else, and if anyone does it to me I'll either drop them or fall back. If I'm on a short ride then The Game starts: if they pass me, I try to stay with them; if I pass them, I aim to drop them (plus all the important associated rules like not looking over your shoulder until they're dropped, not being spotted out of the saddle when chasing, etc).

The height of rude drafting is the local club riders, who - even in a group - deliberately sandbag and then jump on your tail. If they do that again then as soon as I pass them I'm going to do a Greg Lemond.

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billyman [148 posts] 5 years ago
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hi all, pretty much a new cyclist (3 years) mainly just to commute to work but getting into it a lot more and really liking forward to the summer, nice topic btw, and I have picked up some helpful tips kudos to all fr that, I draft and have been drafted before and I am naturally a competitive person so tend to work harder in these moments, I'm a little shy with strangers and will offer a nod and a tentative hi as I pass, from now on I am going to start asking if we could work together.

on a side note, is an average cruising speed of 17mph on mainly flat over 30 miles a decent speed, I have nothing to compare

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farrell [1946 posts] 5 years ago
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I find people who do the opposite more rude, the people that use every stop or red light as an opportunity to get in front and then ride slower than you so you have to keep going round the fuckers.

Sometimes, I'll ride slower to get them on to my wheel and then wind up the speed gradually to just about keep them with me and once I can start to hear them blowing out their arse I'll have a quick look over the shoulder then try to pull away as quickly as I can - Obviously whilst trying to focus on making it look like there is no effort being put in.

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Steve_S_T [38 posts] 5 years ago
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billyman wrote:

on a side note, is an average cruising speed of 17mph on mainly flat over 30 miles a decent speed, I have nothing to compare

17mph/ 28kph is about my normal average speed for solo rides, although they're not entirely flat usually, so I'm bound to say it's decent yeah  3 . In truth the right speed for leisure riding is the speed you feel comfortable at, or enjoy most.

Steve.

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billyman [148 posts] 5 years ago
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Steve_S_T wrote:
billyman wrote:

on a side note, is an average cruising speed of 17mph on mainly flat over 30 miles a decent speed, I have nothing to compare

17mph/ 28kph is about my normal average speed for solo rides, although they're not entirely flat usually, so I'm bound to say it's decent yeah  3 . In truth the right speed for leisure riding is the speed you feel comfortable at, or enjoy most.

Steve.

Cheers Steve, makes me feel good about being in my forties and can still cruise at a decent non embarrassing pace lol.

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lushmiester [196 posts] 5 years ago
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I very rarely come across other cyclists which is probably due to the fact that I tend to ride single track country lanes. But I have no with people drafting if that is what they want to do, it nice if they take a turn and ok if they want to chat.if I do try and draft someone it's usually because I'm cooked but feel it's polite to ask off the mind and to try and take a turn if I can.

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bashthebox [752 posts] 5 years ago
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farrell wrote:

I find people who do the opposite more rude, the people that use every stop or red light as an opportunity to get in front and then ride slower than you so you have to keep going round the fuckers.

Sometimes, I'll ride slower to get them on to my wheel and then wind up the speed gradually to just about keep them with me and once I can start to hear them blowing out their arse I'll have a quick look over the shoulder then try to pull away as quickly as I can - Obviously whilst trying to focus on making it look like there is no effort being put in.

Oh god, a million times this. I'm faster than you, stop pushing in front of me at the lights. It makes life more dangerous for the both of us.

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CycCoSi [30 posts] 5 years ago
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I'd disagree about the smoothness of the roads round Dunham Massey, have you been down Dairygate Lane?

As to the drafting...tries to recall wheelsucking down here Nope wasn't me  3 but if you'd been on my wheel for 2.5km I think I'd have had a bit of that, after all from what you say there wasn't a massive speed difference.

I have no problems with being drafted although am a bit more reluctant to draft. The last time I was drafted down there we stopped at the lights Carrington Lane, the guy was commuting and his planned route took him over Warburton bridge which was closed, so I led him over Irlam locks and saved him a very long diversion for which he was extremely grateful. Left me with a nice warm glow all day.

You can meet some good folk through this but it does have its hazards

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Leviathan [3057 posts] 5 years ago
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I have been down Dairy'house' lane but usually turn around and go back up Sinderland Lane and Moss lane(south) which are quite new. They are there but smooth tarmac is beautiful when you find it.

Totally agree with green box hoppers, they are a right pain, when I have stopped exactly where I am supposed to then have to look at their fluorescent arse. Or even worse, I am waiting then they hit the lights turning green and just cruise past you. You struggle up to speed, over take them and think you away, but sure enough you hit the next red... and the cycle begins again.

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spongebob [279 posts] 5 years ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:

I have been down Dairy'house' lane but usually turn around and go back up Sinderland Lane and Moss lane(south) which are quite new. They are there but smooth tarmac is beautiful when you find it.

Totally agree with green box hoppers, they are a right pain, when I have stopped exactly where I am supposed to then have to look at their fluorescent arse. Or even worse, I am waiting then they hit the lights turning green and just cruise past you. You struggle up to speed, over take them and think you away, but sure enough you hit the next red... and the cycle begins again.

That's called interval training =D

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