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Drafting an xtracycle

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  • akatemik
    Hi! As my girlfriend is finally getting herself a good bike, I ve been wondering about tips for trekking. Is it possible to draft an xtracycle, or is the tail
    Message 1 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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      Hi!

      As my girlfriend is finally getting herself a good bike, I've been wondering about tips for trekking. Is it possible to draft an xtracycle, or is the tail so long that the drafter is forced to stay away outside the air pocket?
    • ama3655@aol.com
      In a message dated 7/8/2010 7:23:48 A.M. Central Daylight Time, akatemik@yahoo.co.uk writes: Hi! As my girlfriend is finally getting herself a good bike, I ve
      Message 2 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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        In a message dated 7/8/2010 7:23:48 A.M. Central Daylight Time, akatemik@... writes:
        Hi!

        As my girlfriend is finally getting herself a good bike, I've been wondering about tips for trekking. Is it possible to draft an xtracycle, or is the tail so long that the drafter is forced to stay away outside the air pocket?
        The airpocket is huge behind a loaded xtra. You may need to draft her.
        FatRob
      • WT
        You can probably fit 2 bikes in the pocket behind an X - you don t have to be nearly as close to the tire either.
        Message 3 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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          You can probably fit 2 bikes in the pocket behind an X - you don't have to be nearly as close to the tire either.

          --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "akatemik" <akatemik@...> wrote:
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          > Hi!
          >
          > As my girlfriend is finally getting herself a good bike, I've been wondering about tips for trekking. Is it possible to draft an xtracycle, or is the tail so long that the drafter is forced to stay away outside the air pocket?
          >
        • Pete Beers
          I m a pretty big guy, so I m usually a pretty good person to draft off of. From what I ve heard, the Big Dummy has made the vortex in my wake even more
          Message 4 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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            I'm a pretty big guy, so I'm usually a pretty good person to draft off of.  From what I've heard, the Big Dummy has made the vortex in my wake even more powerful. 

          • Rick Pickett
            Does this mean Xtracycles and cargo bikes in general should have a CAUTION: WAKE TURBULENCE sticker on them? :P Meet the all new Radish for 2010!
            Message 5 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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              Does this mean Xtracycles and cargo bikes in general should have a "CAUTION: WAKE TURBULENCE" sticker on them? :P



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              On Jul 8, 2010, at 7:18 AM, Pete Beers wrote:

               

              I'm a pretty big guy, so I'm usually a pretty good person to draft off of.  From what I've heard, the Big Dummy has made the vortex in my wake even more powerful. 


            • Pete Beers
              Either that or a Wide Load sticker on the back of my bike shorts.
              Message 6 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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                Either that or a "Wide Load" sticker on the back of my bike shorts.

              • akatemik
                ... Well I had the unloaded situation in mind, I m not always carrying anything but I still like my bike :) I was assuming that the draft comes from the
                Message 7 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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                  > The airpocket is huge behind a loaded xtra. You may need to draft her.
                  > FatRob
                  >

                  Well I had the unloaded situation in mind, I'm not always carrying anything but I still like my bike :)

                  I was assuming that the draft comes from the vertical driver, not the quite low bike itself. After all, I'm causing a lot bigger drag than the aerodynamical pipes. Does the amount of load affect how easily xtra can be drafted?
                • Andrew Kreps
                  ... I ve only ever tried to draft a Big Dummy on another Big Dummy, and I can tell you that it s challenging. There is a pocket there, and it s well behind
                  Message 8 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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                    On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 5:20 AM, akatemik <akatemik@...> wrote:
                    Hi!

                    As my girlfriend is finally getting herself a good bike, I've been wondering about tips for trekking. Is it possible to draft an xtracycle, or is the tail so long that the drafter is forced to stay away outside the air pocket?


                    I've only ever tried to draft a Big Dummy on another Big Dummy, and I can tell you that it's challenging.   There is a pocket there, and it's well behind the rider and just a bit behind the tail.  Without the big tire and rake of a Big Dummy, a standard bike (or two) should have no trouble finding the wake. 

                    The nice thing about a dual Big Dummy draft is that with the bar behind the rear wheel, if you do tap a bit, the rear rider is less likely to crash since you really can't overlap wheels.  You just end up giving the front rider a bit of extra speed.  If you ain't rubbin, you ain't racin'!


                  • Andrew Kreps
                    ... You re right about it being the rider on an unloaded X. I don t even think the tube shape comes into play in a serious way. The loaded situation depends
                    Message 9 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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                      On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 12:25 PM, akatemik <akatemik@...> wrote:

                      > The airpocket is huge behind a loaded xtra. You may need to draft  her.
                      > FatRob
                      >

                      I was assuming that the draft comes from the vertical driver, not the quite low bike itself. After all, I'm causing a lot bigger drag than the aerodynamical pipes. Does the amount of load affect how easily xtra can be drafted?



                      You're right about it being the rider on an unloaded X.  I don't even think the tube shape comes into play in a serious way.  The loaded situation depends entirely on the load's aerodynamic profile.  I'm pretty sure I had a serious wake in the photo below, although I never got that far above 10mph.  :)

                      http://twitpic.com/1lwdgw

                       
                    • Pete Beers
                      I d like to formally appologize for what I m about to write. I strongly suggest not unloading while anyone is drafting you. Let me take this opportunity to
                      Message 10 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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                        I'd like to formally appologize for what I'm about to write.
                         
                        I strongly suggest not unloading while anyone is drafting you.
                         
                        Let me take this opportunity to again say how deeply sorry I am for what I just wrote.
                         
                        Rock on!
                         
                        Pete

                        On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM, akatemik <akatemik@...> wrote:

                         
                        Well I had the unloaded situation in mind,
                      • michael kestner
                        Groan..... Im fwd this post to my step daughter with whom i compete for worst pun. -----Original Message----- Date: Thursday, July 08, 2010 3:57:06 pm To:
                        Message 11 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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                          Groan..... Im fwd this post to my step daughter with whom i compete for worst pun.
                          -----Original Message-----
                          Date: Thursday, July 08, 2010 3:57:06 pm
                          To: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com
                          From: "Pete Beers" <pete.beers@...>
                          Subject: Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Drafting an xtracycle

                          I'd like to formally appologize for what I'm about to write.

                          I strongly suggest not unloading while anyone is drafting you.

                          Let me take this opportunity to again say how deeply sorry I am for what I
                          just wrote.

                          Rock on!

                          Pete

                          On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM, akatemik <akatemik@...> wrote:

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                          > Well I had the unloaded situation in mind,
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                        • ama3655@aol.com
                          Pete - As cyclists, we all know that the worst thing in the world is unbroken wind. Draft on my friend. FatRob I d like to formally appologize for what I m
                          Message 12 of 15 , Jul 8, 2010
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                            Pete -
                            As cyclists, we all know that the worst thing in the world is unbroken wind. Draft on my friend.
                            FatRob
                            I'd like to formally appologize for what I'm about to write.

                            I strongly suggest not unloading while anyone is drafting you.

                            Let me take this opportunity to again say how deeply sorry I am for what I
                            just wrote.

                            Rock on!

                            Pete
                             
                          • coach4many
                            Man I love where this has gone...we call hitting the masses with broken wind crop dusting, as for drafting my daughter s boyfriend was riding with me the other
                            Message 13 of 15 , Jul 9, 2010
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                              Man I love where this has gone...we call hitting the masses with broken wind crop dusting, as for drafting my daughter's boyfriend was riding with me the other afternoon and got behind me and yelled hey I am drafting off you, and he was quite easily, he is 6'1" and out weighs me as did his bike.I was unloaded and cruzing at about 12 mph and he enjoyed every minute of his freeride.
                              So Draft on.
                              --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, ama3655@... wrote:
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                              > Pete -
                              > As cyclists, we all know that the worst thing in the world is unbroken
                              > wind. Draft on my friend.
                              > FatRob
                              >
                              > I'd like to formally appologize for what I'm about to write.
                              >
                              > I strongly suggest not unloading while anyone is drafting you.
                              >
                              > Let me take this opportunity to again say how deeply sorry I am for what I
                              > just wrote.
                              >
                              > Rock on!
                              >
                              > Pete
                              >
                            • poppamando
                              Uh, please don t break wind for me while I m drafting, okay? Thanks! ;-) For all you farmers, this topic begs the question: When will Xtracycle offer a manure
                              Message 14 of 15 , Jul 9, 2010
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                                Uh, please don't break wind for me while I'm drafting, okay? Thanks! ;-)

                                For all you farmers, this topic begs the question: When will Xtracycle offer a manure spreader attachment for the X?

                                :-P

                                --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, ama3655@... wrote:
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                                > Pete -
                                > As cyclists, we all know that the worst thing in the world is unbroken
                                > wind. Draft on my friend.
                                > FatRob
                                >
                                > I'd like to formally appologize for what I'm about to write.
                                >
                                > I strongly suggest not unloading while anyone is drafting you.
                                >
                                > Let me take this opportunity to again say how deeply sorry I am for what I
                                > just wrote.
                                >
                                > Rock on!
                                >
                                > Pete
                                >
                              • Cara Lin Bridgman
                                Recent activity in the forum indicates Xtracycle has already offered and disseminated a manure spreader: RootsRadicals! CL
                                Message 15 of 15 , Jul 10, 2010
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                                  Recent activity in the forum indicates Xtracycle has already offered and
                                  disseminated a manure spreader: RootsRadicals!

                                  CL

                                  On 07/10/2010 11:08, poppamando wrote:
                                  > For all you farmers, this topic begs the question: When will Xtracycle offer a manure spreader attachment for the X?
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