This reminds of when I was young and stupid and used to "skitch" behind my friends pick-up truck on snow covered roads in the winter. No skateboards or bicycles...just whatever shoes you had on then hold on as long as you dare. A few of us got injuries. Yet, I still look back on it and smile. Isn't youth wonderful. That's why I keep trying not to grow up!
On a related note, I was re-enrolling for my benefits today for 2013 and my wife was commenting how it was good that I had "bought up" the extra life insurance since I do such "risky things". HA!
Back before mountain bikes were invented I was drafting a truck through an intersection at 45mph or 50. Truck hit his brakes hard so I did. I got sideways a bit and when I released the brakes I hooked up so hard I broke three spokes. Never drafted after that. Oh and that was before people wore helmets.
This is most definitely dangerous, but its from Russia and those guys laugh at danger. This guy is doing almost 100km/h !!
FWIW that was a viral advertising campaign and not in fact a real video. Impressive videography and a cool concept but not real.
Check out the scene in breaking away where he drafts a semi up to 50mph. Not sure if that was real of movie fake. Also check out John Howard's attempts behind a race car on the an old highway. (bonus 80's music)
Has anyone ever done this? I've seen videos of some guys doing it, reaching some high speeds.
Did this throughout my teen years to early twenties back in the 1980s to mid 1990s. Amazing I am still alive. Longest draft was from Orland to Chico behind a dump truck on highway 32, took a matter of minutes. Had one of those “cycling computers” which had the magnetic pickup on the wheel of my roadbike which used the calculated diameter of the wheel to determine accuracy—it was reporting around 60MPH; how accurate it was is still up in the air, however, I don’t recall ever having pedaled with such a high cadence (was running a rare-at-the-time-and-expensive 54 tooth front chainring with I believe a 13 tooth cog in back).
Everyone does stupid sh*t when they’re younger. Why I am still alive today is a mystery.
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I used to draft buses. I've been lucky enough not to get hurt, but I generally try to be more mature than that.
Drafting is something I sort of adapted to. I had a 12 mile commute through downtown Atlanta. Part of it went through the park, but if I could get in behind a bus once in awhile I took the free speed. Eventually I got the rhythm of the traffic and I learned where every sewer grating, post, mailbox, phone booth (yeah, it's been awhile), low curbs, high curbs... If the bus slowed at all I would pull out and pass it and try to catch another vehicle. I've had to bunny hop all manner of debris, hop up the curb and ride the sidewalk at about 35mph, dodge other vehicles and pedestrians... I often had to use explosive pedal moves to get into the best position or avoid danger.
In hindsight it was pretty risky, but I never felt over my head. I was actually more comfortable in the midst of all that than one-on-one out on the country roads. I always tried to have an escape route and I always tried to make myself extremely visible. I seldom got an attitude from other vehicles, because I was matching their speed or better and I wasn't overly aggressive - just assertive.
It is certainly dangerous, but like anything, it requires practice and knowledge to reduce the risk.
PS - drafting a dump truck is a good way to get a face full of rocks - not good