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Slipstreaming etiquette

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by stu20001, 25 Sep 2007.

  1. Lovely morning for a ride in today - the sun was shining, a little crispness in the air, just perfect.

    But, I don't want to seem selfish, but it was slightly spoilt for me by the bloke who slipstreamed me for the best part of 5 miles, resolutely sticking to my back wheel, without once taking a turn at the front.

    That's just rude if you ask me. If I'm slipstreaming someone then I will take my turn at the front - hey, I watch the Tour de France, I know how this works. The only exceptions to this are when the person is one of you fast guys on road bikes in lots of lycra and you're going so fast I can't actually get past, not something today's bloke could claim - after a while of this I started getting slower and slower in an attempt to get them to pootle off ahead.

    So whats the etiquette for commuter slipstreaming?
     
  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Keep slowing until he does overtake. There's a race in a velodrome between 2 people at once where they both go as slow as possible, trying to get the other one to go in front, and then all of a sudden one of them sprints off trying to leave the other one behind.


    But you should probably remember you don't own the space behind you.
     
  3. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Etiquette is used for excluding people from your social group, whilst manners is used to include them.

    He was a bit rude though, not taking your turn on the front is only acceptable when you're dying and only just hanging on. I would have spoken to him though, rather than relying on him being able to intuit what you were annoyed about.
     
  4. Ooh - now, thats an interesting distinction. May I ask if that's sourced from somewhere or one of your own? (As a professional words person I have a nerdy interest)

    At that time of the morning and when I'm that knackered I can barely speak to anyone to be honest xx(
     
  5. I suggest beans for breakfast.

    Repeated loud and smelly farts right in his face should sort out this behaviour
     
  6. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I'm not sure on its origins, sorry. My friend used to use it, and he got it from his Dad. It does sound so good that it's likely to be a famous quote, probably trashed by me though.
     
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    I'm never fond of people slipstreaming me. Unless I know that your brakes are up to it and you're up to it as a cyclist, I want you further away from me.
     
  8. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Tell him next time. If he's happy to draft you, telling him to "****ing take your turn!" just like the pros do shouldn't go amiss.

    Or get really fit and get away from him.

    Or gob over your shoulder.
     
  9. xx(:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  10. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    I don't go quickly enough for anyone to find it worthwhile.
     
  11. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Bored housewives admiring your bum?
     
  12. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen

    There might be too much of it, Mrs. S. has just approved my application to join a gym WITHOUT EVEN ASKING HOW MUCH IT WILL COST xx(. Things must be bad.
     
  13. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Is that why you're joining the gym? :sad:
     
  14. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    I can see myself being chained to machines until I've got a body like the Spartans in "300." How long does it take to get a six pack?
     
  15. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Depends how close the off-licence is.xx(