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I was wrapping up a short ride and while waiting for the light, a nice pack of us gathered. One that was directly behind me was a Trek ebike, and as we got rolling again, he passed me.  I was befuddled when neither guy in front of me increased their pace to take advantage of the ebike's massive draft.  I hopped aboard and was immediately zipping along at 26mph at a relatively easy effort. Sure, it took a kick to get his wheel, but after that, this guy provides a nice pocket of air to sit in.  I think I've seen him several times before over the past few years, but in reality, it could be almost anyone on an ebike putting in that relatively easy effort. 

 

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Ha! He got the jump on you. Were you eating your lunch or what? :lol:

I don't believe I have ever seen that hand signal before. At least not in this context.

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1 hour ago, donkpow said:

Ha! He got the jump on you. Were you eating your lunch or what? :lol:

I don't believe I have ever seen that hand signal before. At least not in this context.

He was two guys behind me at the light.  But, bam, those two guys in front of me decided to continue poking along, and he - with a couple hundred watts in reserve - didn't waste time waiting for them.  I gave them a chance to join the fun before I went ahead and zipped past. 

Way too much fun drafting ebikes to let them pass without joining the fun. 

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54 minutes ago, Razors Edge said:

He was two guys behind me at the light.  But, bam, those two guys in front of me decided to continue poking along, and he - with a couple hundred watts in reserve - didn't waste time waiting for them.  I gave them a chance to join the fun before I went ahead and zipped past. 

Way too much fun drafting ebikes to let them pass without joining the fun. 

So what you are saying is that you were daydreaming when he got the jump on you. Is that about it?

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1 hour ago, donkpow said:

So what you are saying is that you were daydreaming when he got the jump on you. Is that about it?

Close!  I was trying to be a "nice guy" and let the folks ahead of me make the first move.  Many folks get PO'd over things like being passed at a light, etc..  I definitely dislike the folks who roll past a group of waiting riders and go to the front, but the ebike guy at least waited until we were moving again to zip by.  Harder to understand are the guys who didn't bother to jump in behind him.

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21 hours ago, Square Wheels said:

I'll get one when I get old.  They will be pretty advanced by then - or outlawed.

They're great

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