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rules of the road???(6 posts)

rules of the road???Solo
Jun 25, 2001 8:43 AM
Having never ridden with a group I was wondering what the correct etiquette was for road and bike route passing and other stuff in general. I don't think there's any hope for rollerbladers with headphones but I don't want to p off any serious cyclists.
re: rules of the road???Lone Gunman
Jun 25, 2001 9:00 AM
Logically speaking, some very simple, almost universal rules to remember while group riding:
Passing is done to the left and announced "on your left" before the pass starts unless the cyclists waves you through on the right.
Stopping is announced as "slowing" "stopping" (you have no brake lights)
Holes in the pavement or obstruction debris are announced as "hole"! "road kill"! or whatever it is and it is pointed out with the hand closed to the obstruction.
Crossing intersections are announced as "clear" or "car up,stop".
Vehicles approaching from the rear are announced as "car back" and ahead as "car up".
Avoid wheel overlap while in a group if you are new to pacelining and do not be afraid to tell the group that you are new to the paceline thing so you do not anger anyone in your group who may think you are loafing by not going to the front for a pull. Pace line etiquette is a whole nother subject.
pass on the rightishmael
Jun 25, 2001 9:06 AM
and give notice of your aproach...if you dont have a strong voice or dont feel like saying excuse me or "on your left" all the time get a cute bell...when riding with a group ride without swerving alot...i give as much berth as possible to all since its in both are interest to avoid a thing i found out is be very careful when aproaching a dog even if its on a leash(especially when there is a potential sniff-ee across the path)
Here's a startermike mcmahon
Jun 25, 2001 9:13 AM
Here's a link to the Etiquette page on this site:

Obviously it doesn't cover everything, but it may be a good place to start and then post any follow-up questions you may have. If you're going to do group rides, one of the most important things to remember is to communicate with those around you: Call out hazards to riders behind you; let others know when you are slowing, stopping, or turning; and let others in the group know when you are passing. When passing or being passed by someone not in your group, opinions vary about how and when to let people know you're passing. The problem is that letting another rider know you're passing often startles that rider and causes the rider to swerve. If you're being passed by someone, be sure to hold your line and don't swerve into the other rider's path. I'm sure you'll get some other good tips here. Have fun.
Common sensemr_spin
Jun 25, 2001 9:46 AM
Rules are nice, but common sense is better: pass where and when it is safest.

If you need rules, try these:

If the rider or person you want to pass can't seem to hold a straight line, or if you need room, or if it might be a tight fit, or if children or dogs are involved, announce yourself firmly.

If you are pulling a paceline and don't have the room to go wide around someone, definitely announce yourself.

When you pass another rider (not necessarily before), say something, grunt something, exhale, sigh, whatever. Especially on a climb. Just make some noise so they know you are there, and as a small sign of solidarity. (If someone passes you and does this, etiquette demands a response of at least the same type, i.e., grunt if you are grunted at)

If you are on a bike path, expect to go slow, slower, and very slow. Do not call out "left" unless you have to! Instead, try to make as much noise as possible as you approach. Half the people have headphones and won't hear your "left" or your noise. Of the other half, one-quarter will turn and step into your way if you call "left." One eighth will ignore you, and probably scold you as you go by. The remaining few will actually share the trail. It's a wonderful world we live in.
Common senseintenserider
Jun 26, 2001 1:29 PM
Buy a Mountain Bike. Jacka55.