Group Bike Riding Etiquette

Group Bike Riding Etiquette

July 12, 2018

Riding your bike is a great way to stay in shape while getting some fresh air. While riding all by yourself can be fun, riding in a group is much more enjoyable! Group rides can provide you with some companionship, give you extra motivation and maybe even teach you a thing or two about riding. On top of all that, you can grab a bite with your new biking friends when you’re done with the ride! That being said, there are some things you need to know before you head out for your first group ride. Continue reading to learn a few things that’ll help ensure a good ride for you and everyone else in your group.

Pick the right group

First and foremost, be sure you pick the right group for your ride! You don’t want to be with riders who are more experienced or much faster than you. Conversely, you don’t want to be with riders who will just slow you down. We can help set you up with the right group for your skillset when you stop by Big Momma’s Bicycles for bike rental in Naples, FL.

Ride carefully and considerately

You may ride a little recklessly when you’re by yourself, but leave that habit behind when you join up with your group. Never get too aggressive by trying to sprint ahead when crossing an intersection. That could put you and your fellow riders in jeopardy. It’s not a bad idea to stay in the middle of the pack for your first few rides until you’re comfortable riding with your new group.

Communicate

Communication is key when you’re riding with a group, and this doesn’t just mean having a friendly conversation. Proper communication ensures everyone is safe during the ride. Here are a few common phrases to know and use throughout your journey:

  • Car back: Yell this when a car is coming up behind the pack. You never know when a car may try to pass your group, and you want everyone to be aware that the car is coming.
  • Car up: Those in the back of the pack might not be able to see all the way in front of them. Let everyone know a car is approaching by saying “car up.”
  • Stopping: Never decide to stop without letting everyone in the pack know you’re doing so.
  • Hazards: Tell everyone in your group when there’s a hazard on the road, like gravel, sand, glass or a pothole.

Be prepared

Finally, always be prepared before you head out for your ride. Make sure you know the route beforehand to ensure you don’t get lost if you become separated from the group. You should pack things like a spare pump, tube and any tools you may need if you’re unfortunately involved in some sort of collision.

Regardless of who you choose to ride with, be sure you rent your bike from Big Momma’s Bicycles! We’re your number one choice for bike rental in Naples, FL and anything else you need when it comes to biking.

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