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First Group Ride coming Need Advice(7 posts)

First Group Ride coming Need AdviceNilesFerrier
Jun 12, 2002 7:12 AM
Sunday is my first Group Ride with the Princeton Freewheelers. I have never been in a group before. What advice can you give me?


re: First Group Ride coming Need Advicesievers11
Jun 12, 2002 7:24 AM
Be humble, there is no better way to piss off a group of riders than to be cocky. It is a sure fire way to be put in your place on the ride.

As in golf, etticate is encouraged, so if you don't know the etticate, then go with the flow and comunicate. Most of us riders are friendly enough.

"on your left", is a good one to remember.

the rider in front has the right away, assume they don't know you are there and could dart around at any second, so let them know you are there.

lastly some people can get pissed off if you don't ask before you start to draft on them.
read thistarwheel
Jun 12, 2002 7:36 AM
This link will take you to an article that gives some good pointers for riding in a paceline.
nice article. nmMXL02
Jun 12, 2002 10:10 AM
Don't you mean "Princeton Freeloaders"biknben
Jun 12, 2002 8:26 AM
Not bashing them, I'm actually a member. Ok, I admit, I didn't renew this year but I still get their e-mail list of rides.

They have a lot of good routes if you're new to the area or riding in general. They have, what I consider to be, a huge membership. All the local shops offer discounts to members.

Take the advice others have already mentioned and just relax. Expect a mixed bag of riders. The ride leaders are good as far as being responsable for everyone so just relax and go with the flow.
re: First Group Ride coming Need AdviceJS Haiku Shop
Jun 12, 2002 9:33 AM
if there's a ride leader, find him or her and introduce yourself, including "this is my first group ride". be honest about your abilities, if asked. you don't want to ride off with the "A" group if you're a strong "C" or maybe a "B". otherwise, just be yourself and relax. it's not rocket surgery.
Have funOneheart
Jun 12, 2002 11:58 AM
Group riding is a blast. Don't worry about a paceline yet. Hang with the group. Watch and listen to what happens. Observe and imitate good riders. Be humble. Ask questions. Have fun.