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Group Riding Tips(15 posts)

Group Riding Tipswerdna
Nov 10, 2003 8:11 PM
I lead a lot of group rides for new riders.
I would like to send an email to them with the DOs and DONTs of group riding.
Can you anyone suggest the top 5 or 10 or whatever DOs and DONTs for group riding.

...saw the funniest thing a few weeks ago.divve
Nov 10, 2003 11:37 PM
A group ride with a guy smoking a cigarette. Might want to put that on your list too:)
My top 5...biknben
Nov 11, 2003 5:43 AM
5. Know your ability or be conservative when assessing your abilities. No bonking half-way through the ride when the distance and pace was advertised.

4. Bring what you need to repair your own bike and know how to do it. Don't ask around for help or a pump, etc. Most people are happy to help but it won't last for long.

3. Show up on time, ready to leave, at ride time. Showing up late and expecting others to wait is inconsiderate.

2. Communication...before, during, and after. Let everyone know what the plan is for the ride. Let them know how far it is to the next turn. Don't rush out of the lot afterwards, At least offer thanks and a "See ya next time!"

1. It's supposed to be fun. Sometimes people need to be reminded of this. When I feel like racing, I show up
i at a RACE.
When I don't feel like dealing with anyone, I ride alone.
Forgot one...No Aero Bars...biknben
Nov 11, 2003 7:56 AM
Don't use your aerobars in a group or paceline. The big club in my area put it in their guidelines. "You can have them...Just don't use them on our rides."
re: Group Riding Tipshayaku
Nov 11, 2003 6:27 AM
1. Be a little conservative with speed and following distances. make everyone getting home with all their skin the highest priority.

2. Learn from every ride, following distances, drafting, cornering in a group, climbing in a group, hand signals, verbal communication etc.

those are my big 2. The next are things that took me a long time to learn by myself so they may need special mention.

1. Always look where you're going. Mechanical problems are a big distraction but also getting tired is often a problem. a newbie friend of mine crashed into a street sign because she was tired and looking down. No damage but it could've been worse. I got stung by a bee right next to my groin and almost ate a licence plate coming down hill.

2. if you finish your pull at the front and signal to the next person to come through, keep pedaling until you can see them beside you.

3. look at how Jan Ullrich drinks from his water bottle. Again, keep your eyes looking at where your going.

4. drink more than you think you might need. better to stop for a piss than blow up and feel like shirt for days because you lost too much water.

5. same with food.

and the last one i learnt from my normaly well tempered friend. 6. Don't pack a sad because you're buggered!

most of all, have fun and see you next time!
re: Group Riding Tipsbiketillyapuke
Nov 11, 2003 7:05 AM

1) Be polite. "Rider on right" is a very nice way to notify everyone.

2) Point out potholes etc to fellow riders.

3) If you are doing a pace line, know the shift. Do not sprint at the front. When it is your turn move to the right immediately.

4) Not necessarily related but a pet peeve. Do not jump a pace line that you do not belong to. ESPECIALLY if you cant keep the pace. You screw everyone up. Move to the side, let the team pass and continue your ride. The only thing you are proving is that you are a weenie.

5) Politely wave to drivers who yield. They have tonnage on their side.
A Couple MoreGregory Taylor
Nov 11, 2003 7:06 AM
A couple of what I could call "non-skills" tips

1. Bring a picture ID: This was drilled home here in DC when a solo rider unfortunately died and there was no identification on the body. It took a while to sort out.

2. Bring a little $$ with you: Coffee stops happen, especially in cold weather. If your group stops for a snack at the end of the ride, buy the leader a cup of coffee.

3. Dress to Undress: In colder weather, dress in layers that you can peel off and carry with you as the weather warms up. Arm warmers, knee warmers work pretty well and let you tailor your apparel to the temperature. Don't leave the house dressed for an arctic expedition: realize that you will warm up as you get exercising. It's better to be a little cold for the first 10 minutes or so than to have to haul a jacket that you don't need around for 2 hours.

Do Show up on timebimini
Nov 11, 2003 7:31 AM
is number one.

Don't call in to the group and ask them to wait for you to get there.

Don't get lost. If it is a new route get a map or stick with a sub group you can keep up with.

Do wear a helmet.

Do let the subgroup you are with know if you are bailing out of the ride to go elsewhere.

Do identify road hazards to those behind with hand signals.

Don't draft too close unless you are in a sub group you trust and who trusts you.

Don't go double or triple wide when there is road traffic behind. If traffic approaches from the rear get single file. You don't want to piss off the drivers so they take it out on the bikes ahead.

Don't show up and talk trash about how great your bike is and how fast you are. Most group rides are social events, not races. If it is a fast race training ride, then go ahead and talk trash. We will turn on the heat at the first hill and then wave back at you when we are a mile ahead, laugh and think "what an ahole".
A site with some good infoLive Steam
Nov 11, 2003 7:46 AM
This site has some articles that you can duplicate and send to your group riders. They give you pre-approved permission to do so. The articles cover everything from group riding/pacelining to proper hydration and nutrition.
The group doesn't run red lights or stop signs.nmStraightblock
Nov 11, 2003 8:30 AM
top 5ChazWicked
Nov 11, 2003 9:49 AM
& these are critical

5 - Wear an unwashed and fetid jersey and don't shower
4 - Insist on pulling the whole time
3 - Test your brakes randomly
2 - Make sure your front derailleur rubs, your rear der skips, your BB creaks, and your brakes squeak
1 - Bunnyhop large potholes at the last second
#6 - Blow snot rockets from the front of the group (nm)OffTheBack
Nov 12, 2003 4:22 AM
re: Group Riding TipsDougSloan
Nov 11, 2003 10:00 AM
1. try not to be the fastest or slowest rider in the group; neither is much fun

2. NEVER OVERLAP WHEELS (shouting intentional)

3. pay attention to other riders and traffic

4. communicate

5. learn from asking questions; don't be shy; you can learn a lot really fast just by asking
Here's a linkfracisco
Nov 11, 2003 10:01 AM
another link, very informative...52-16SS
Nov 11, 2003 10:20 AM