More than Just Fancy Etiquette
Group rides rules
- Make sure you have the proper insurance coverage.
- Let your folks know when and where you go out, have an emergency contact number with you.
- Check the weather and get the proper attire.
- Prepare your gear: inspect your bike for faults the day before.
- Check tyre pressure and brake pads before every ride.
- Nothing will happen, but always better safe than sorry.
2.Follow the leader
- Don’t surge. Don’t ride off from the group, just to wait for it.
- Try keeping a smooth and consistent pace.
- If you’re not happy with the pace discuss it with the group leader.
- If you’re not willing to follow the group pace you need to find another group or ride alone, no hard feelings.
3.Ride in lines
- There are two (2) acceptable formations on open roads:
- single file
- 2 abreast
- Pass hand signals down the line quickly so the people behind are aware of any debris/obstacles.
- It's ok not to know signals, it's not ok to ignore them: ask for clarification before the ride if you're unsure.
5.Don’t half wheel
- You need to trust the rider in front of you, stick to his wheel and stay inline behind.
- Riding with half your wheel overlapping the person in front is a sure way to cause an accident.
- Don’t half wheel: better leaving half a bike length to the person in front rather than ride to the side of them.
- Rolling turns help keeping constant and consistent pace and build up confidence.
- If you’re not comfortable or confident to take a turn on the front there is not pressure, just wait your turn and slip back.
- Always communicate with riders around you and go with the flow!
7.Don’t fear mechanicals
- Sh** happens.
- Announce a flat tyre or a mechanical.
- The rest of the group can stop, slow down, or agree on a meeting point where to regroup, but won't leave anyone behind alone.