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    Drafted by recumbent... NOPE

    On a recent ride, six of us overtook a group of three - one of which was on a recumbent. They latched on for a mile or so (they fell off). But, while they were on - while I had a recumbent chainring right behind me, I gotta admit... I wasn't liking it. I felt like I was being followed by a guy with a chainsaw, albeit a slow, dull chainsaw.

    That ^ may have influenced the lift in the pace... maybe.

    So, irrational? Am I supposed be okay with recumbents in groups/pacelines?

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    yeah, me too. recumbents are like prophetic autistics -- kids that can "see" or have the "shine" to them. really creepy stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post

    So, irrational? Am I supposed be okay with recumbents in groups/pacelines?
    I don't know. I'm going to guess if they use disc brakes or not and their chain lube habits are important factors in deciding though.

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    So, irrational? Am I supposed be okay with recumbents in groups/pacelines?
    I can't tell you what to be okay with, but as far as rational analysis, the questions seem to be these:

    - given similar skill levels, is a recumbent rider behind you any more likely to run into you than a rider on a conventional bike?

    -if they do run into you, are you likely to suffer more harm than in the collision with the conventional bike?

    I don't know the answers to those questions, but I think the analysis should proceed that way, rather than stopping at, "there's a scary-looking piece of metal behind me."

    But I'm hardly the World's Foremost Authority (apologies to the late Professor Irwin Corey).
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    Heh...I wouldn't have liked it either. Imagine that thing touching wheels with your bike!

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    I borrowed my buddy's recumbent the other day. It had a pretty beefy chain guard on the front. I might still be leery if it was on my wheel.

    BTW - I pipped some guy guy on a Cervelo at the top of a small KOM. I wonder how he felt about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSR View Post

    BTW - I pipped some guy guy on a Cervelo at the top of a small KOM. I wonder how he felt about that?
    he probably was on a recovery ride and didn't know there was an imaginary race going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    he probably was on a recovery ride and didn't know there was an imaginary race going on.
    Assuredly!

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    I always keep my big ring covered with the chain. But then I don't generally like to draft, either. It's too much like cheating to rely on someone else's work to go fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    while I had a recumbent chainring right behind me, I gotta admit... I wasn't liking it. I felt like I was being followed by a guy with a chainsaw, albeit a slow, dull chainsaw.
    You mean like a scene out of Mad Max?

    I personally like this recumbent.

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    Well it is a fact that more innocent cyclists are killed by recumbents than by all other causes combined. Seems like a hardly a day goes by when I don't see a dead cyclist laying on the trail with recumbent saw marks on his bleeding ass.

    So yes, your fear is rational and you should be very afraid.
    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    On a recent ride, six of us overtook a group of three - one of which was on a recumbent. They latched on for a mile or so (they fell off). But, while they were on - while I had a recumbent chainring right behind me, I gotta admit... I wasn't liking it. I felt like I was being followed by a guy with a chainsaw, albeit a slow, dull chainsaw.

    That ^ may have influenced the lift in the pace... maybe.

    So, irrational? Am I supposed be okay with recumbents in groups/pacelines?

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    I don't like anyone that I don't know and trust drafting behind me, no matter what kind of bike they ride, so I have a perfect fix - I ride too slowly for them to draft me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwiftSolo View Post
    Well it is a fact that more innocent cyclists are killed by recumbents than by all other causes combined. Seems like a hardly a day goes by when I don't see a dead cyclist laying on the trail with recumbent saw marks on his bleeding ass.

    So yes, your fear is rational and you should be very afraid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwiftSolo View Post
    Well it is a fact that more innocent cyclists are killed by recumbents than by all other causes combined. Seems like a hardly a day goes by when I don't see a dead cyclist laying on the trail with recumbent saw marks on his bleeding ass.

    So yes, your fear is rational and you should be very afraid.
    Smartass.

    To be clear - it was this:

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    The guy is riding down hill in his small ring--leaving the buzz saw exposed. Very suspicious behavior!

    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    Smartass.

    To be clear - it was this:

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    I don't like strangers jumping on my wheel, and being a tall rider, I tend to attract them like flies on the MUT, especially on windy days.

    Having that chainring spinning behind me would surely increase my discomfort.

    Now, if I were on a group ride with people I knew and was comfortable riding with, that's a somewhat different story.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Migen21 View Post
    I don't like strangers jumping on my wheel, and being a tall rider, I tend to attract them like flies on the MUT, especially on windy days.
    There was a rider in front of me couple years ago and he had the plumber's crack. Nothing made me get out of a spot faster.

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    There's a guy in the extended group I ride with who just switched over to a recumbent. I don't like it. Even though he stays in the back, there are times when it's hard to see him--he's low and it's hard to check for him, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwiftSolo View Post
    Well it is a fact that more innocent cyclists are killed by recumbents than by all other causes combined. Seems like a hardly a day goes by when I don't see a dead cyclist laying on the trail with recumbent saw marks on his bleeding ass.

    So yes, your fear is rational and you should be very afraid.
    This also applies to those people who get all sketchy over folks riding aerobars in pacelines.

    I mean, heck, how often do they really ever crash, amirite?
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    meh, there are several bent riders on my regular route...

    if you don't want them on your wheel, all you have to do is ride faster than 12 mph.
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    I rode with Jetze Plat in Girona for a short stretch last year. I couldn't keep up. And he pedaled with his arms, which are bigger than many people's legs

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagabondcyclist View Post
    There's a guy in the extended group I ride with who just switched over to a recumbent. I don't like it. Even though he stays in the back, there are times when it's hard to see him--he's low and it's hard to check for him, etc.
    Strangely, cyclists have this complaint about car drivers -- they look for something shaped like them -- a car -- and don't see cyclists. Yes, if all you do is a 'shoulder check' to check for other uprights, you won't see the lowracer.

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    There are several recumbent riders in my club. I occasionally pass gas & it seems to keep them off my wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikephelps View Post
    There are several recumbent riders in my club. I occasionally pass gas & it seems to keep them off my wheel.
    Either you have the ability to make really potent "bomb" or the ride was slow enough not to dissipate it much in the wind.

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