A Bat Outa Hell

The only riding I got to do today was to the local shop to fix the leaky fork I blogged about yesterday. You know what a biker does when his bike is in the shop? Yard work! Well at least I mowed the lawn, whacked the weeds and took down the inflatable pool. That helped keep my mind off the expense of replacing a car tire last weekend and now this repair.

I told Diana to give me a half hour head start before heading down to pick me up at 301 Cycle in Middletown, DE. I got caught up in something the next neighborhood over and Diana ended up getting a little ahead of me… but not for long! She was on Rt 896 when I buzzed by her. Now keep in mind my princess drives a Mustang GT with a V8 and a lead foot. The only thing I usually do faster than her is eat!

So here is a deep biker question: when I ride by myself I ride like a bat outa hell. Not all the time but definitely a lot more agressive than when I ride with others. When I lead Diana or a group of riders I ride like a granny. I’m super conservative when leading one or more people. Anyone wanna take a crack at explaing what you think is the difference? It’s like I’m a whole nother person!

3 Responses to “A Bat Outa Hell”

  1. My guess would be a responsibility issue. Particularly when leading a group you have to account for the safety of all as much as possible.By yourself you don’t have that reminder every time you look in the mirrors. When I lead a group my decision making process is reflective of those behind me.

  2. I would feel at fault even if they were to get a speeding ticket. I definitely feel responsible for their safety. I also feel like someone following me is going to do exactly as I do. If I change lanes, I fear they may change lanes even if there is not an opening for them in the lane. I know they have to ride their own ride, but what if for a split second they zone out and just do what I do without checking if it is safe for them to do it to? I can’t handle the change from care free rider to role model responsible lead rider. I guess it is a good thing I am on break from being a road captain to explore these questions.

  3. A whole nother? Or is it an whole other?
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    I agree with Dave. It is easy to take care of yourself…you know what you are doing, what you are thinking, what you are paying attention to. But when you are leading others you have no idea where their skills or brain are, so you take responsibility for them and try to make it as easy as possible for them to blindly follow without ever having to do, think, or pay attention to anything for themselves. You care. You take care of your team.

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