When it comes to going for that long bike ride, it's always more fun to do it with friends! A group bike ride is a great way to get together with those that have the same interest. You can meet new people, catch up with old friends, conquer any physical goals, release any stress that is acquired from your everyday life, and a time to talk and laugh. You don't need to be a competitive cyclist to enjoy the benefits of group riding.
We would like to share with you some basics & ettiquette when riding in a group.
3 Tips for Before the Ride
1. Be Supportive and Provide Camaraderie. Watch out for your fellow cyclist before, during, and after a ride. Introduce yourself, make newcomers feel welcomed. Be friendly by offering some information on the ride and route. Be a helping hand to someone who may have gear or equipment problems. If you are new to a group, be assertive and inquire about your new surroundings and potential cycling buddies.
2. Be Punctual. Make sure you are ready to start riding when the ride begins. Have your gear and equipment ready. If your ride leaves from the convenience of a bike shop, show up early! This gives you time to pump your tires, fill your water bottles, buy any spare inner tube you may need, a patchkit, or any electrolyte tablets. Preparation will create confidence.
3. Be Predictable. Cycling with others requires more attention than riding alone. Your fellow riders will expect you to ride straight, at a constant speed, unless you indicate differently.
Tips for During the Ride
*Changing Positions Correctly- Slower traffic often stays right, when riding ahead, pass others on their left. Verbalize this by saying, "on your left" this allows the cyclist to know your actions. DO NOT PASS ON THE RIGHT! There are cases, where a cyclist may not hear or be aware that you are approaching from behind. Unexpected noises can cause a cyclist to swerve towards you as you pass. If approaching a lone cyclist the offer of friendly greeting ("good morning" or "nice day for a bike ride") alerts the rider of your position and intention to pass.