In coming off a very fun, very sporting ride through some top secret mountain by-ways with one other BCSB suspect today (generally tend to ride alone), it dawned on me that during the times when the other rider was leading with me following, even though the 'pace' (speed limits, of course) was at a level I'm generally comfortable with and ride at (approx) when I'm solo ...
Watching another bike/rider entering conrers (especially blind ones) while following seemed to be, to me, a very unnerving experience.
When riding at a specific sporting pace (the speed limit), as a solo or lead rider .. all is well enough. One has one's braking markers, turn-in points, usual lines and apex cruxes all figured out and koshure.
However, when following another rider in any same-said corner closely 'at speed' (the speed limit, of course) ... well it just makes the whole experience look waaaaaaay faster than it does if there isn't another bike/rider within one's immediate field of vision (watching a bike 'slam into' a corner at speed brings it immediately home, how fast the whole expereince really is - and how dangerous).
So it would be my contention, that any riders without a tremendous amount of either experience (riding with other riders in close proximity) or without MASSIVE balls (or few brain-cells) can easily get quickly freaked to a point of panic, when the brain says "Nooooo - I can't 'make this' at this speed" ... when in fact its all an illusion of perception and the rdier (following) should actually have had no problem whatsoever, had that (following) rider's nerves not been frayed in that moment.
Fear will fuck you up, every time!!
Now - the reason I'm posting this as a new thread, is because in Freeto Handito's thread it would be immediately lost, and because this information is both crucial and invaluable to all riders - new and used, alike (those riders out there with tons of experience following other riders will already be aware of this stuff).
The other, and last, point I wish to make is ... that any rider following another bike/rider MUST keep in mind that that other rider has a competely different skilset, attitude, level of momentary 'fitness' and many other variables ... not to mention that each bike handles differing situations and conditions differently (speeds/corner load forces/tire adhesion/suspension compliance etc) ... so just because your lead rider can negotiate a specific corner at a specific speed ... DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT YOU CAN.
And that's all I have to say about that.