Last weekend I'm out for a long training ride on my road bike, exploring some of the many farm roads north of Boulder. So I'm 3 hours in with and hour to go. I'm heading home now, just slightly downhill, but into a headwind so I'm in the drops going hard to make it to the next hard right hander where I can get a break from the wind for a bit.
It's then that I catch this guy, as one often does in a place like Boulder. At first, I'm pretty impressed with how well he's going into the wind. He's riding what looks like a commuter/gravel bike hybrid, besides looking like the kind of guy that goes on long rides on a commuter/gravel bike hybrid. I slowly roll past him, give him a cheery "Good ride, man!" and continue on my way.
About 10 minutes later, I turn around to check for cars: BOOM! There he is. Silently tucked in my draft, somehow keeping up a steady 21mph on his commuter/gravel bike hybrid. Now I'm even more impressed. I mean, this guy is carrying saddle bags for crying out loud (Literal ones on his bike - I'm really not making a fat joke). I'm also a little scared that I'd just been unwittingly stalked for the last 4 miles by a man who didn't even respond to my "Hello!"
So how did he do it? Nope, you're wrong. He didn't know a secret shortcut where he swooped in behind me right as I turned around.... Sorry, wrong again. He wasn't an undercover pro doing secret training on his commuter.It was actually just a guy out for a Sunday cruise on his new eBike.
Now, I guess there are a couple different responses you might have to this story. On one hand, you might say, "No way, man! eBikes are doping! I train supah haahd to ride that fast, and this crackah just plugs his bike intah tha wall!" (Yeah, that guy has a Boston accent).
But to that, I would say that if an eBike can take all of these people who, let's face it, probably wouldn't touch a bike otherwise, and get them out enjoying some exercise on their bikes, there's really nothing bad about that. If some of them will ride their eBike to work instead of taking a car, that's even better! Electric or not, in my opinion, more bikes is always going to be better.
Just one piece of advice for you eBikers out there: if you're gonna keep drafting off of the other guys and gals you find out on the road, give us a "Hey, mind if I ride with you?" We'll always say yes. Otherwise, it's only a matter of time before I spit a huge loogy in your lap not knowing you're back there!