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Bike racing is dangerous. Even those
leisure riders who put on the tight pants
and ride around together for "pleasure"
sometimes rub up against each other and
bite the earth.
I propose that each of the bikes in the
pack be connected to those bikes nearest
it by telescoping rods attached
universal joint. This will prevent bikes
from getting too close together. It would
greatly decrease the frequency of crashes
too, and the amalgamated bikes would be
very stable. Racing would still be possible,
and without dirty tricks aimed at
preventing a neighboring bike from
passing. It would not be possible to win a
race by an enormous distance, as the rod
would prevent pulling farther ahead when
stretched to its limits, but this will help
assuage hurt feelings.
||hmn, I fear this might limit all races to being won by the sprinters - but it would also open up the race to keen amatuers who could just hang at the back of the peleton for 6 hours without peddling, then go for it in the last minute.
||Rather antithetical to traditional bike race strategy, but it might be interesting in its own right.