Not to take this sideways- BUT, be careful around big trucks. Make sure you are where you can see the driver in his mirror OR- you are 200 ft in front. Remember that they try to maintain a constant speed but will roll a little faster down a hill to make up for what they lost going up. Stay away from riding beside a truck other than passing. Anyone who has seen a truck tire fragment knows that you don't want to be part of it.
Please don't make trucks pass you- especially not repeatedly.
All truckers are not the same. Some have ridden bikes and will look out for you. Others may not have grown up here and the last thing on their mind is looking out for you.
Very good advice, and one I practice a lot.
I make it a point to get out where they can see me in their mirrors no matter which side of the truck that I am on.
Just this past Monday, I was following an 18 wheeler who needed to get out of a merge lane and of course, the idiots in the other lane refused to back off and allow him space to get merged over.
I made it a point to get even with his rear bumper in the main traffic lane and then I started slowing down just a bit at a time until the 18 wheeler had ample room to move over into "my" clear lane.
I waved at him to let him know that he could come over to my lane..... he much appreciated the gesture with the trucker's blinking stop light flashing back at me.
none of us were going anywhere fast, all traffic was funneled into just the one lane for construction purposes...
what does it matter, if you are 80 feet in front, or 80 feet behind a vehicle?