Guide to etiquette of cycling
THE Exeter Wheelers issue a code of conduct to all their members. It includes tips and advice on equipment, clothing, nutrition and behaviour while riding in a group. It includes:
Ensure your bike is in good working order before each ride.
A road bike is recommended over other types of bike (eg mountain bike).
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On each ride bring a spare tube, tyre levers, pump, puncture repair kit and basic tools.
Appropriate clothing; dress for the conditions so bring wind/waterproof clothing,
Bring appropriate food (energy bars, bananas etc) and drink (energy drink and water).
Ride no more than two-abreast and stay in neat lines, this will help the aerodynamic efficiency of the group. Change to single file as necessary to help cars overtake.
The speed of the front pair of the group is determined by the slower rider.
The close proximity of other riders in the group makes sudden change of speed or direction undesirable. Do not make any sudden movements when riding in a group.
Do not ride with your front wheel overlapping the rear of the person in front. If the person in front makes a sudden move, your front wheel could be knocked from under you.
Riders will climb hills at different speeds. Faster riders must wait for the group to reform at the top of a climb.
If you have a puncture (or mechanical problem) shout 'Puncture!' and slowly pull over to the roadside.
If you see another rider who is having problems (mechanical or other) alert others in the group to this and ask the group to slow down.
Common calls: 'Single out' – move from riding two abreast to single file usually to let a large vehicle or queue of traffic past when appropriate; 'Car back' – Car from behind the group is overtaking in the direction of travel; 'Car front' – Car in front of the group is overtaking in the opposite direction.