Nubo wrote:It can be very effective. When I was 18 and stupid I drafted big trucks with my bicycle and could easily keep up with 40mph traffic. If you've ever tried to pedal a bicycle 40mph on level terrain you know it takes an immense amount of energy *without* slip-streaming.
There is, however, a downside to closely tailing this way. I have arthritis in my left wrist to prove it.
I think many people who saw the trailer drafting scene in "Breaking Away" attempted to replicate it when they were teenagers, and thus immortal https://vimeo.com/50872582
From the bicycle records wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cycling_records#History_of_motor-paced_recordsFred Rompelberg from Maastricht, Netherlands is the current holder of the motor-paced speed world record cycling with 268.831 km/h (166.9 mph) since 1995. He used a special bicycle behind a dragster of the Strasburg Drag Racing Team at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Hopefully, most people here are old enough to realize that, as with rumors of Mark Twain's death, rumors of our immortality have been greatly exaggerated.