Paceline Basics – A “paceline” is the basic formation used to cut through the wind so that you can rest when riding in a group. Try to remain about ten inches behind your ride partner’s rear wheel. This takes practice, but is well worth the effort to learn because of the energy savings offered. Relax and watch your friend’s shoulders rather than his rear wheel. Be sure to talk so that he knows you’re back there. He should point out or tell you about road hazard coming up, too. Be careful not to let your front wheel come up and overlap your partner’s rear wheel because if he has to swerve, he’ll knock your wheel and you’ll crash.