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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby merkin » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:18 pm

Hmmm, I see to much debris lying around in the road to feel that is a good idea. Truck drives over it easily and cyclist will have no chance of avoiding it if he is too close to react. A least if you leave some gap you can swerve around it and you still get the benefit of a tow.

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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby rubertoe » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:40 pm

As I found out today,cycling to close to anything is idiotic.
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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby Kieran_Burns » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:41 pm

rubertoe wrote:As I found out today,cycling to close to anything is idiotic.


Yup - left yourself open to trouble there.... (pedant strikes again!)
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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby rubertoe » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:48 pm

Kieran_Burns wrote:
rubertoe wrote:As I found out today,cycling to close to anything is idiotic.


Yup - left yourself open to trouble there.... (pedant strikes again!)


Damn you and your pedantic ways. I'm injured over here.
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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby SteppenHerring » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:52 pm

I Have been known to draft the odd bus. Hang off the right corner (so you can take avoiding action) 2-3m behind and you ought to be OK. Ought to be.

I remember seeing something about a guy in a track who did over 1,200 miles in 24 hours drafting a lorry. Google is not helping me find it again though. I think the lorry driver knew he was there though.
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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby MTB-Idle » Wed Nov 14, 2012 21:13 pm

SteppenHerring wrote:I Have been known to draft the odd bus. Hang off the right corner (so you can take avoiding action) 2-3m behind and you ought to be OK. Ought to be.

I remember seeing something about a guy in a track who did over 1,200 miles in 24 hours drafting a lorry. Google is not helping me find it again though. I think the lorry driver knew he was there though.


lucky they both happened to be going the same route really :wink:
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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby London-Red » Wed Nov 14, 2012 21:17 pm

Total bloody idiot. All he needed to do was hang back a couple of metres and slightly to the side - he'd get almost the same benefit with much less danger.

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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby First Aspect » Wed Nov 14, 2012 23:06 pm

London-Red wrote:Total bloody idiot. All he needed to do was hang back a couple of metres and slightly to the side - he'd get almost the same benefit with much less danger.

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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby Mouth » Wed Nov 14, 2012 23:17 pm

Idiot.

If the LGV had been following his back wheel at the same gap what would we be saying?

Regardless of how well you know the road/route there's no speaking for something walking/running out on front of the vehicle. Pot hole? Broken glass? Not gonna see any of it until way way too late.

The OP mentions that large vehicles don't slow down all that quickly. Don't kid yourself pal.
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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby Rolf F » Wed Nov 14, 2012 23:30 pm

For info - I commissioned a re-enactment. It's pretty accurate.......

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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby Koncordski » Thu Nov 15, 2012 09:34 am

Yeah it's dumb and yeah we've all done it. Obviously we're smarter and fitter than the average drafting Muppet :wink: so we hang back in the draft and off to the side for sight lines. For me the truck drafting has a practical application, along the highway to canary wharf there's a few right turn where the outside lane comes to a stop behind a car waiting to turn. If i'm bang central in the left hand lane about 4 metres behind a tipper truck (of which there are hundreds) then i don't get cut up by taxi's swerving into the lefthand lane to undertake the queue. I do however have a complete mental map of where every sunken drain cover is along that road. :shock: Drafting big vehicles, not a great idea but then you could say that about most things these days. :lol:
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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby schlepcycling » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:19 am

I once drafted an ambulance, best of both worlds.
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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby ManiaMuse » Thu Nov 15, 2012 15:33 pm

schlepcycling wrote:I once drafted an ambulance, best of both worlds.

Plus traffic parts like the Red Sea when they put their lights on.

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Re: Hero or idiot

Postby schlepcycling » Fri Nov 16, 2012 00:32 am

ManiaMuse wrote:
schlepcycling wrote:I once drafted an ambulance, best of both worlds.

Plus traffic parts like the Red Sea when they put their lights on.

Yeah, it helped me top a strata segment on my commute that I usually have no chance on because it's normally clogged with traffic :D
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