1. On our group
rides, no one should feel that they have to keep up with the faster riders
in the club, or, for that matter, run with the slower ones. We have so many
members, now, that we have
all skill levels
and all riding
styles. Some like
to just cool it, and enjoy the scenery, so to speak. Others like to
continually test or improve their skills by taking the curves as fast as
they safely can. And, then, there are those in the middle.
No one should feel
that they have to ride just like everyone else.
We are all individuals, and each has his / her own riding style, and doesn't
really feel comfortable,
to ride any other way. So, on group rides, let’s
just go at our own,
We always know where the destination is, and you know that the first ones
there will wait for the rest of us.
No one is going to be
left behind. So,
go at your own speed, and enjoy the ride.
It's a lot safer that
2. When riding in groups of two or more bikes, statistics show that it’s
safer to ride in a staggered formation. The lead bike should pick a line
(left or right of center, avoiding the “grease strip”) and stay with it so
the bike behind can ride offset to the right or left, and so forth down the
line. If a rider should have to suddenly hit the brakes (for a dog, deer,
etc.) the following bike(s) will have a place to go. If the lead bike
wanders from side to side and back again, it causes the entire row of bikes
to weave back and forth, all over the road, in an attempt to keep the
stagger. If we combine this technique with the “3 to 5 second rule” (ride
at least 3 to 5 seconds behind the bike in front of you), we should be able
to avoid most embarrassing, and even dangerous, panic situations. Of
course, it is impractical as well as unsafe to try to maintain the staggered
formation through the turns on windy mountain roads.