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  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the wheelsucker didn’t know that when you pull forward to take a pull you don’t speed up. Typical rookie move.

    Was this morning’s route is due to the Guadalupe Trail closure? Or your goal to hit 500 miles this month? (or both)  But how did you get from your home to Lexington Reservoir?

  2. I hate wheelsuckers.  In traffic, because I feel like I have one more vehicle to worry about.  In general, because who they hell are they to hitch a ride without asking?  I either swerve like I’m drunk, or stop peddling altogether.

  3. Wuss912, I’ve tried drafting you before and it’s not very useful.  I don’t think you have much to worry about 🙂

  4. It’s not a race – it’s a commute. Relax. You can always just slow down until they pass. ( yeah, yeah,,, you’ll lose the race sez the voice in your  head… nah!)

    I think of bike sfollowing me as extra wind reduction – the leading bike gets some from a following bike, ya know.  And they will act as a buffer from texting drivers coming from the rear. Minor benefits, for sure, but who cares if someone is resting behind my windbreak?

  5. If the cyclist following is reasonbly competent I really don’t mind the tailgater. Like you mention, it reduces drag by some small amount.

    I just think it would be nice if they returned the favor a little is all. Tit for tat, right?

  6. Were red traffic lights involved? I usually find my own “commute race” episodes end with the former wheel sucker running a red at some intersection…. At which point i stop and wave. Childish? Desperate? Stupid? Un-fun?

  7. You can go quite a distance on our county expressways without hitting a red light, and when you reach a red light you really want to stop, because you’ve reached a major intersection.  Here’s the view from San Tomas Expressway at El Camino Real  http://goo.gl/maps/XXOpn

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