Club Cycling Etiquette Advice
There are many benefits to riding in a group. It is safer, sociable and more energy efficient. By riding in a club, you will benefit from riding with more experienced cyclists and learn about the local area. However there is a fairly simple set of rules to which all riders need to adhere. These rules are accepted good practice and will make the experience for all riders and other road users safer and more enjoyable.
Our club rides are not training runs or races. They are there to provide an enjoyable, safe but fitness-focused cycle ride. Before joining one of our rides, you should speak to a designated club member for an informal chat about your cycling ability. This will enable us to advise you on the best group to cycle with to ensure that you have an enjoyable and achievable first ride. In this club we never leave a rider behind, someone will always stay with you.
When riding with the club you are representing the club. Please consider this with your behaviour at all times.
An important benefit of riding in a group is that there is always help at hand, especially if there are mechanical problems. If you are new to cycling, it is a great help to be with more experienced riders, but you should take steps to acquire knowledge of basic road-side repairs. It is the responsibility of every rider to to be self-reliant and to come fully equipped for the ride.
The default formation for a group is to ride in pairs in two parallel lines. Do not ride three abreast. It is legal to ride in pairs and in most road situations, it is safer. Groups should ride with an experienced leader at the front and another experienced rider at the back.
Constantly riding half a wheel in front of your partner in order to push the pace is considered bad form. If you are leading the group be aware and communicate to establish a comfortable pace for the group
Falling off the back
If you are struggling with the pace or have some other problem you must tell another rider. Don't just allow a gap to develop. The leader/group can then decide how best to deal with the problem
A short video showing how to check your bike before a ride CLICK