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post #1 of 45 Old 09-18-2013, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Question lead or follow?

do you guys and gals find it easier and/or more enjoyable, to lead than to follow when you're riding with someone-most of the time? does it matter either way for you?

i don't mind most of the time when my husband leads but i have to say, when i don't have a bike in front whether it's him or not, it's so much more fun for me, especially if twistys are involved. i like to look around when i ride, when it's safe to do so, and when i'm following i tend to focus/fixate on the bike and the line that he's taking that it detracts from my riding experience. but the weirdest part is that this doesn't happen every time we ride. now, a lot of times he's just so far ahead of me when twistys are involved that my point is moot, lol. he's got some skilz. but, when he's behind me he tends to 'smell the roses' because he's not 'killing' the road ahead of him.
and yes, being a daughter of eve, i can tend to be a control freak and realize this probably plays into part of my thinking. and let me just say, i love riding with my husband-it's one of my very, very favorite things to do on earth.

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post #2 of 45 Old 09-18-2013, 09:39 AM
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Makes no difference to me as long as the riding style is similar.

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post #3 of 45 Old 09-18-2013, 09:56 AM
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I can do either but when riding with my wife I am usually leading. She doesn't like leading in general even though I encourage her to do so and seems to like being behind me.


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The best for me is to follow.

Especially when I'm alone following my own initiative.

I will generally avoid group riders larger than four bikes.

When I'm riding with just my wife, I like her to lead and set a pace most comfortable for her. The problem is when she doesn't know where we are going.

In larger groups, which I am increasingly growing to dislike, I prefer to not lead. When I do, I'm never sure if I'm setting to fast or slow a pace, so I tend to err on the side of the lowest common denominator. I also feel a tremndous responsibility, especially in pointing out tricky intersections and potential threats.

I witnessed what can happen when a large group feels an obligation to maintain a pace set by a rider more concerned with his riding skills than leading skills.

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I've only ridden with a group of other riders twice, in the middle of the pack, and I didn't like the feeling at all. Too much swerving, too many differing skill levels. If I had to be in a group, I'd rather be in front, but mostly I'd prefer to ride by myself, or with one or two other riders at most.

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post #6 of 45 Old 09-18-2013, 11:27 AM
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If you're not in the lead, the view never changes.

None of my friends ride street bikes, so on the road, I ride solo. But when we ride dirt bikes and such, I normally get nominated to lead. It is more work, and I must do ok, since they always want me to lead, but following someone that isn't used to leading isn't fun.

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I like the third option, get out of the way.

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With some groups I end up leading. With the fast guys, I'll follow...at my pace.
Generally though I think if you are always leading you may as well be by yourself. Then you don't have to worry about someone else at turns and fuel stops or pleasing someone else with the pace or itinerary.
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post #9 of 45 Old 09-18-2013, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by V-Tom View Post
I can do either but when riding with my wife I am usually leading. She doesn't like leading in general even though I encourage her to do so and seems to like being behind me.

Exactly our situation. Why is that?

Just glad she likes to ride. The intercom makes it much safer and a lot more fun, especially when exploring or poking around unfamiliar areas.
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post #10 of 45 Old 09-18-2013, 12:29 PM
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I would rather follow, more relaxing for me, and I dont have to worry if I am going the speed the group wants to go.

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