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Bicycle Etiquette 101 for Group Rides
- Respect the Ride: When riding on a group ride with the definition of “A” “B” or “C” respect the pace and description of that ride. Do not show up to ride at your level, which may not be the same as the designated ride. If the ride is too fast, ask for assistance to find your way back or see if anyone is willing or the group is willing to ride at your pace. Try picking a slower ride next time. If the ride is too slow, either help out with your skills or excuse yourself and find a ride with a pace that is more suitable to your riding style next time.
- Think about the group: When riding in a group think about the people that are behind you as if their and your lives depend on it. Ride smooth with deliberate and predictable moves so as not to disrupt the pace or confuse those you are riding with.
- Let riders know what is ahead: If you are leading a ride or have additional riders behind you, be sure to point out obstacles in the road that may cause a problem. Shouting an alert is okay, but simply pointing to a pothole, crack, or sand is usually sufficient and keeps the ride from becoming a scream fest.
- Communication: If you are aware of a rider falling off the back, first ride to the front and alert the ride leader to slow the group down. Then fall back with a few riders and gently pull the straggling rider back into the group.
- More Communication: If you are planning on leaving the ride be sure to announce this to the ride leader and others too so everyone knows your intent.
- Riding off the front: Unless it has been discussed amongst members of the ride, riding off the front and “attacking” the ride is rude. The ride leader is trying to control the pace of the ride to meet definition, and aggressive riding off the front tends to push the pace and reduce control of the ride. Pushing the pace also creates a safety issue. Remember, this is a group ride.
- Respect and Share the Road: If you hear someone shout out “car back”, move swiftly to a single file or very tight double file line as appropriate for traffic and road conditions.
- Approaching others in the group: If you are passing someone in the group announce your presence with a simple, “on your left” or “on your right” so as not to surprise riders as you pass. Also be sure that there is room to pass. These are both safety issues.
- New Riders: If you see a new rider in the group that you have not met before, introduce yourself and make them feel comfortable with their decision to join your group.