Hello EZ Biker, Love your site and visit it often. I remember your post about non participation in bicycle pace lines and I'm having some issues concerning that. back in my road bike days I did the fast lane pace lines and while it was rather fun, being able to go FAST with a group; I too experienced the other side of, OH shi... watch out, group pile ups. Now that I have gone bent, I find myself really not wanting to participate in pace lines with road bikes or even fellow bents. I prefer to just hang in the back and enjoy a good non hassle ride and hanging with a group of cyclists. BUT, now I have heard rumblings of how I just set in the back, don't share in the ride work (Didn't know that was required) and basically just suck wheel, etc. etc. Is my style of riding wrong? Should I reconsider and maybe get back into the pace line thing again. It bothers me that others seem to have issues with me just hanging around in the back. Signed, Don.
Don, thanks for your email and visiting my site. :-) I have posted my thoughts about Pace lines or what my fellow bent rider / friend Jose refers to them as Faith lines at the following title / link: EZ Biker does NOT DO "Pace (Faith) Lines"! My simple and immediate answer to your 2 questions at the end of your correspondence is NO and NO! Believe it or not, I have the same attitude, about pace lines. (s you can read in my past post) Some people like bents in them and other's don't. And it's not that I haven't done them in the past or that I can't participate in them properly; I just don't have the desire or fascination anymore to be in that kind of close FAST bicycling endeavor. Plus when your bod is inching ever so closely to OLD GEEZER status; I can ill afford to get involved in a pace line mishap and end up with multiple or massive head and body trauma, that numerous cyclists I know, have had to endure. If I can be way front or way in back, that’s perfectly OK with me. Even in my past encounters with the A1A / Commercial group on the weekends, I hang in the back and enjoy, just being able to hang with some of the GO FAST crowd... BUT at a SAFE distance. :-) So my advice to you, is to ENJOY your ride the way you want it and don't worry about any talk or rumblings you might hear about.
By the way, I think I had already used the posted photo; BUT it just fits with the theme of this so well!