How To Master Basic Group Riding Skills
- Indicate on all turns even when you think that you are alone. Get into the habit of using your arm to indicate a left turn or right turn until it becomes an automatic and learned habit.
- When riding in a group, keep pedaling! By “Soft Pedaling” – rotating pedals with little or no pressure, this ensures that there is less confusion by the riders behind you. This assists in better communication for the group.
- At an intersection or on a roundabout, use an extended forearm to indicate that you intend to go straight ahead or to continue on the roundabout. This action communicates you intentions clearly to drivers.
- Indicate when leaving a roundabout.
- Ride in a straight line. If there are a number of parked cars with a number of car parks not occupied, ride in a straight line rather than moving in and out of the parked cars.
- Don’t overlap wheels.
- Don’t pass on the left!
- Stay aware of your surroundings
- Concentrate on riding – sometimes it is better to concentrate – rather than to chat.
- Using a mobile phone while riding a bicycle comes at a cost …….
- Cross railway lines at 90o
- Don’t cut corners — take care on RH corners particularly and ride through the full arc required to turn. Think about moving through the corner as if you were driving a car.
- When fitting a cadence device, the magnet can be fitted to the end of the pedal instead of tying it to the crank.
- All riders should check the integrity of their nicks regularly!
- It is not wise to ignore a squeak or rattle. Investigate the cause as soon as possible.
- When replacing your tyre. Position the makers name/logo at the valve. This will make it easier to find a hole in your tube when you next get a puncture.