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Group ride etiquette(6 posts)

Group ride etiquettestan bear
May 27, 2003 3:48 AM
I'm doing some research. In larger group rides, say 10 or more riders, what are your expectations. You know, the sort of things you expect as the norm. Like no half wheeling etc...
re: Group ride etiquettebigrider
May 27, 2003 4:17 AM
A lot of group etiquetted depends on the group but here is my take for a group thas has reasonable group riding experience.

Follow traffic laws (it is dangerous for a couple of riders to blast a light and tempt the other 8 riders to get themselves killed.)

Use hand and verbal signals for slowing, obstacles, turns

Keep your line on the road, even on curves

Don't be unpredictable (slamming on brakes, swerving)

Share the pulls.

Ride the group's pace not your pace

Don't blow snot on your fellow rider
re: hold your linecyclopathic
May 27, 2003 4:39 AM
do not jump ahead or drop back w/o need, do not accelerate or slow down fast, sign people about trash/potholes, etc take pulls and you'd be fine.
the most annoying thing you can have on group ride is a rider squirreling around, esp when you get tired
sounds like funburdiman
May 27, 2003 5:18 AM
I wouldn't bother to ride with a group where no one accelerated or jumped ahead w/o need. Some unpredictable (non-dangerous) behavior is necessary to keep the ride fun.
fun? not as much ~140mi into ridecyclopathic
May 27, 2003 5:25 AM
but on 30-60mi playful ride, yeah, sure
uh ... how many of us go on 140 mile group rides?tarwheel
May 27, 2003 7:06 AM
Don't lap wheels.
Keep in line. Nothing more annoying than a rider in front of you who strays about 3 feet left of the paceline, ruining your draft.
Point out holes, bad gravel, sticks and other obstacles. How much effort does this take? Yet I repeatedly see jerks who can 't be bothered to point out a pothole, causing someone else to pinch flat or worse.
Keep a consistent pace. Yo-yo effect is not good. Don't suddenly speed up when it's your pull.
Pedal on the downhills when you're up front. Otherwise everyone else has to ride their brakes.
Pull your share and then drop to the rear. I would rather someone do a short pull than hog the front of the line trying to be superman and either tiring everyone else out or slowing the pace.
Don't make sudden jerks, moves sideways, etc. unless absolutely necessary. Keep your eyes on the road ahead to avoid sudden swerves to avoid obstacles.
Don't sit at the back the whole ride sucking wheel and then sprint for the county line sign.