Another fine example of cyclists having a paved 8 foot shoulder to ride on yet they choose to ride in the vehicle lane on a busy state highway. Yup, another case of Lycra Assholes. Yup, another reason why the State and City and County should not spend any money putting down extra shoulder pavement just for cyclists.
In this case the one rider was following the other so closely that there is no way the rear rider can see what is on the road in front of them. About all the rear rider gets to see is the rear tire and the ass bobbing side to side of the rider in front of them. Of course, it was a dude in this photo in the back following a chick, so you know what he was looking at.
You see, there could be a small rock or a piece of debris on the shoulder of the road and if the Lycra Assholes had to ride on the road shoulder, they wouldn't be able to safely draft or watch the ass of the rider in front of them so much. That is why they ride in the lane with the traffic. Less road debris making it easier for them to continue to ride unsafely as they draft.
The Lycra Asshole's unsafe riding habits puts vehicle drivers at risk no doubt pissing a few of them off. Motorists aren't stupid. They see there is 8 foot of shoulder for the cyclists to ride on. Some have surely seen me riding on the shoulder with no problem.
You know, cars can get better gas mileage by drafting too, but tailgating is illegal. But it is okay for cyclists to tailgate on public roadways?