Following distance--a quick refresher course.

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Luigi De Guzman, Mar 31, 2003.

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  1. So I'm feeling good. Sunshine. Free-flowing traffic. Overtook another cyclist--heck, he had
    derailleurs, I only have a hubgear, and he had a big headstart.

    Bus turns a corner, to join the street I'm on. I'm sharing the lane, and no other traffic following
    the bus, so I zip into the intersection and hope to follow the bus closely until I can find a chance
    to overtake it.

    I'm brought to a screeching halt by a parked White Van, to whose presence I was utterly oblivious,
    since it was hidden behind the turning bus. Another White Van, taking advantage of my sudden
    squeeze, honks and blows by me.

    Lesson: following distance: it's not just for motorists! I would have been pretty badly
    wrecked--with a critially injured ego--had I wiped-out on a parked car. Wasn't even doored!

    (I overtook Honking, Angry White Van a few seconds later, though, so I'm still feeling good.)

    Right. Back to essaying.

    -Luigi
     
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