Riding Skills

How To Master Basic Group Riding Skills

Cycle Tips

  • 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.