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Guide to group rides

Guide to group rides

  1. smee
    A guide to group riding
    Getting them there (and back again)

    Good advice for organisers and participants of group rides

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  1. some suggested hand and foot signals allready have meanings that many would assume them to mean.
    patting top of helmet means cops spotted or up ahead.
    pointing a foot or leg out means pass me if you want to get past.
    these are universal signals that have slight variations, but general meanings.
    just can't be bothered googaling, not on a Friday

    personally i hate it when people point to hazards, distracts my attention/focus

    conduct section> " No rider should pass the group leader"
    howabout instead> if you pass the group leader you are no longer considered as taking part in that group ride.

    another idea i want to put out there, is a buddy system. where everyone pairs of during the pre-ride meet, exchanges contact details or whatever, but are responsible for checking all is well with the other throughout the day. ensure they arrive at all rest stops and get home safely.
    it's just back up system incase leaders, event organisers muck up a head count or whatever.
    (not really my idea, happens on some group rides)
  2. I have always used, and noticed a lot of others using too, the point finger upwards and rotate around and around, like an upside down stirring motion for this.
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  3. Also in my group of friends sticking a leg out acts as a warning of a road hazard.
    If you want someone to pass wave them through.
  4. can only signal with left hand.
    or, should get into the habit of only using left hand for signals.
    better to always have your right hand on the grip, for throttle and brake. left hand not important.
    so waving them past dose'nt work so good much of the time.

    closed fist on top of helmet can also mean law enforcement.
    and yes, most typically as Fybre mentioned. that is the most obvious one as it is a mimick of the revolving lights on cop cars roof
  5. The twirling lights one seems to be understood by everyone I've ever given it to, but I've never tried the patting of the head - in military circles the pat means "Come here to me"...
    I've also stuck my foot out as a signal to pass me while squatting on the left of the lane, and had them sit behind me regardless.

    So yeah, I agree with MT1: left-hand signals are best...
  6. Clutch in wave through with right hand takes all of 5 seconds, you obviously don't do it around a twisty bend and lose bugger aall momentum.
  7. that may be true for yourself and your bike smee, but not for all riders and bikes.

    and the riders and bikes that will need to use the 'please pass me' signal the most often, will be the newer riders on the smaller capacity bikes
  8. You cant take your hands off!! You die!!!
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  9. Yanks do it differently mate
  10. Nothing beats this one

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  11. This is why I don't do these formalised group rides, particularly the Ulysses ones. Nothing more annoying than being stuck behind riders who aren't quick.

    With our rides we all ride at our own pace. If there is a route that not many of us are familiar with then we'll follow the guy who does know the route. Other than that it's a case of, "see you at the pub" or wherever it is that we're going.

    As the circle of friends that I ride with are all experienced riders it's never been an issue.

    Quiet often, though, we'll have regular, if impromtu stops along the way where we can regroup, fuel up, rest or whatever.

    I can understand the need for these organised rides when there is a need for everyone to turn up at the same time, or if there are a lot of inexperienced riders.
  12. not really why i mentioned it, though valid point.

    point intended was, if you choose to go ahead of the leader by yourself or with a smaller group. then can't expect the leader to be accountable for you, you forfeit this. can't expect the leader to accomodate your whereabouts up ahead and increase pace to keep the group more or less united.
    the leader has his work cut out for him allready by trying to set a pace that best suits the group overall to keep it relatively intact. his focus is what's behind. you go ahead, you're on your own
  13. and i don't mean any of that in a negative sense.
    i just think people should be free to do that if they so choose. can wait at the next rest stop and regroup with the main group.
    just if you take that option, officially you have left the ride.
  14. Yep that's pretty well what we do. If we have some inexperienced riders show up we stick a 'volunteer' experienced rider at the back to keep an eye on them. We rotate the 'volunteer' throughout the ride to avoid people getting pissed off.

    I can understand the need for 'thou shalt not pass the lead rider' and 'thou shalt mark the corner' for rides with large groups in built up areas (or if there's a lot of turns in quick succession).

    Out here in the country we can often ride for more than 50km between turnoffs. I think it's more important to regroup than simply mark the corner, particularly if it's 50+km of twisties. Mind you that also depends on whose on the ride. Sometimes the only time we'll see each other is at the fuel/food/coffee/beer stops.

    Our 'rules' are simple. Enjoy yourself, ride your own ride, don't f*ck up someone elses ride and enjoy yourself.