So many things went wrong before the ride even got started. Sleeves are missing; socks are missing; wheels are, you might say, missing spokes BEFORE the accident; undoubtedly everyone said good morning in an octave barely natural to hippos and elephants let alone to white suburban males. And once underway, at least one of them (with the camera on his helmet) spends a shocking amount of time admiring his front tire, rather than watching the road. I wouldn't be alarmed by the aerobars alone. These would feature in most team time trials of the last twenty years. What really troubles me is that they are in a pace line at all. What for?
Great Caesars Ghost! Aerobars in a paceline.
His QR was closed during the accident...opened afterwards like KR pointed out. I don't think the guy was a rookie...just inattentive and hanging out with the wrong crowd. Some of us (ahem) can empathize because we started out as triathletes.
Get better soon Master 50!
I remember attending a USCF (remember them?) rider clinic when I first started getting interested in racing-- we got on the grass and did drills: Touching tires, bumping shoulders, counter-steer, leaning into each other. The kind of stuff that you will run into in a race but we did this at slow speed in a controlled environment. My buddies and I still will run a tire up on each other just to hear the buzz of tires making contact and to keep our bike handling sharp.
Another thing is picking objects off the ground while riding. It blows most newbies away to see me pick a water bottle off the ground.
Everybody goes out an Stravas but nobody goes out and learns bike driving skills.
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