Ok, today was a pretty typical commute. Beautiful sky, perfect Reno temperature, bike path on a river. It's summer so I expect this pretty much every day. These conditions have also lead to a seasonal uptick in riders (which is a good thing). Here is one such rider.....
.....or so I thought! My normal mode of operation here is a few quick rings of the bell, an on your left comment, and saying good morning as I ride by them. That's it, I pass them and it's the last I see of them (since I don't have a rear view mirror). Perhaps I should have paid more attention to this gentleman's well worn Brooks saddle!
Now first up....I'm slightly competitive. So if I see a rider up ahead I do tend to reel them in. I did this with this gentleman. I don't ride at a really face pace, but I'm not always in "recreation" mode either. Once I've made the pass however, I usually keep it in gear so I don't acquire a wheel sucker. I made this pass with this exact thought in mind.
Now I can't tell for sure (because I didn't ever look back), but apparently I didn't keep it in gear quite enough. I never heard him or sensed him, but as I let up just a little before exiting the river trail at Rock park, I got an "on your left" from behind me. Sure enough, this same gentleman had been with me for the last 2.5 miles. I don't think he was drafting (wheel sucking), but he must have been just back a bit waiting to let me know I hadn't dropped anybody!
So well played sir, well played. I look forward to our next meeting. I will bring my A-game for the pass!