Dear Wheelsucker on San Tomas Expressway

It’s Not A Race.

I really don’t mind pulling you those three miles this morning at 24 MPH, but jumping out of the saddle to surge away like you did when you took the lead was just rude. If you’re gonna draft off of me, please return the favor.



  • Fortino71
    July 11, 2012 - 9:27 am | Permalink

    for sure! I call the a squid move

  • ladyfleur
    July 11, 2012 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    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?

  • Ark
    July 11, 2012 - 10:26 am | Permalink

    sounds like the elastic snapped…

  • July 11, 2012 - 10:36 am | Permalink

    Wife had to drive to Morgan Hill today. She dropped me off at Lexington.

  • July 11, 2012 - 10:37 am | Permalink


  • July 11, 2012 - 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Obviously someone who needs to re-read the Rules.

  • July 11, 2012 - 5:13 pm | Permalink

    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.

  • July 11, 2012 - 8:22 pm | Permalink

    in the car i use the windshield wiper fluid on tailgaters i need something like that for on the bike.

  • moo
    July 13, 2012 - 1:32 am | Permalink

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

  • Eric W
    July 23, 2012 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    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?

  • Eric W
    July 23, 2012 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

    What no water bottle?

  • July 23, 2012 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    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?

  • Kevin Bjorke
    July 23, 2012 - 9:42 pm | Permalink

    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?

  • July 24, 2012 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    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

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