Cycling Is Better In A Group! – Tips & Tricks

Cycling Is Better In A Group! - Tips & Tricks

Group cycling is a great way for cyclists to ride and travel together. Whether you are riding with your local cycling club or at a larger event, fun and safety should be at the top of your list.

Although group cycling is an awesome activity, it can be confusing at times, so here are some tips to keep you safe and help you through it!

Break the ice!

If this is your first time riding with a particular group, make sure to introduce yourself to fellow riders (but don’t forget to keep your eyes on the road ahead of you).

Communication is key!

Make sure you understand all of your verbal signals. It’s important to communicate with fellow riders—say something if you see something.

“Car up” means that there is a car ahead, “car back” means that there is one behind. Pay attention when members of the group say "braking" or "slowing." This is essential!

Using hand signals is also a valid means of communication with group cycling. Here are some signals to keep in mind:

  • Pointing down means that there is a hazard on the road.
  • A hand making a petting gesture is a signal to slow down.
  • Waving/pointing behind the back signals that a pedestrian or parked car may be on the road. The group needs to towards the gesture to avoid an accident.

Riders come in pairs!

When cycling with a group, make sure to ride bar-to-bar. This means that you are riding side-by-side with one other rider, so you should both be handlebar-to-handlebar.

Don’t compete!

Competition isn’t sweet—group cycling is not a race. Don’t try to get ahead of others or push them out of the ride.

And if you’re having a hard time keeping up, no pressure!

There is no need to make it to the front of the group; if you’re getting tired, simply move to the back and let others pass ahead of you.

Just let the rider next to you know.

Four people cycling in a group.

No gaps & no looking back!

Keep gaps from forming between yourself and the riders ahead of you. Close the gaps.

Even if you get distracted or hear a crash, remember never to look back! Eyes on the road at all times, please!

Technique technique technique!

Here are some useful techniques for group riders:

  • Adjust your speed to avoid crashing
  • Use the through & offline for 6 or more riders
  • ​Use the single pace line for under six riders
  • ​Don’t break suddenly
  • ​When riders in front of you peel off, pull through
  • ​Don’t weave in & out, stay in line
  • ​Don’t ride in the gutter
  • ​Be predictable

When group cycling, make sure to be aware of yourself, your bike, your fellow riders, and your surroundings. Don't forget to keep your eyes on the road and remember to expect changes so that you are capable of adapting to them.

And most importantly, enjoy!

This post was last updated on June 5th, 2018 at 01:52 pm

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