Other Safety Tips and Ride Etiquette
- Don’t swerve wildly to avoid a road hazard. Signal the hazard and then make a slight movement to the side or “bunny hop” it.
- When surrounded by other riders, it is safer to ride over small hazards (manhole covers and shallow potholes) than trying to avoid them.
- Don’t slow abruptly when riding tightly bunched. If you can’t tighten your shoe, grab a drink, adjust your kit or eat without slowing down, then signal and pull to the side of the paceline (or take care of your business at the next stop).
- Maintain the established speed when it is your turn to pull at the front. Don’t increase the pace.
- When riding in a paceline fix your eyes at least two riders ahead. This allows you time to react to small changes in speed or direction.
- If you get “gassed” during an acceleration or sprint, slowly pull to the right as soon as possible. Don’t stay in the middle of the road.
- Make sure that you have a sizable gap on the rider behind you when you jump out of the saddle. You will slowdown momentarily as you rise out of your seat. Make a conscious effort to continue pedaling as you get out of the saddle to avoid “throwing” your bike backwards into the following riders.
- Shifting to the small chain ring on a steep climb is the #1 reason riders drop their chain. Anticipate grade changes and shift to the small chain ring before it goes vertical.
- Hold your line while rounding a turn with a group. Your fastest line may cause you to cutoff another rider.
- Don’t respond aggressively to irate or dangerous motorists. How you respond after an incident will greatly affect law enforcement’s response.
- Most motorists and pedestrians are very polite and will go out of their way to accommodate a group of cyclists. Please encourage this behavior by acknowledging their generosity.
- It is your responsibility to be prepared. Wear the right clothing for the conditions; bring enough food and drink to stay nourished; carry a spare tube and bike tool; know the designated pace and distance for the day’s ride.
- Don’t ride at your limit for the entire ride. Your judgment and coordination will be impaired.
- If you are unable to take a pull, stay at the back of the pack and let the rider(s) pulling off the front slide in ahead of you.
- When riding two abreast with an odd number of riders, the “extra” rider should ride in the last row.
- Don’t listen to an IPod, MP3 player, etc., when riding.
- Inexperienced riders may not know proper riding etiquette or the safety rules. It’s acceptable to politely explain them during or after the ride.