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Title: Group rides - the details
Post by: andy750 on March 29, 2010, 06:09:43 PM
So we all have bikes and now and again we all enjoy the joys of a group ride. Mainly the fun of riding with other like-minded individuals with whom you can have a decent conversation at the next bike stop/diner/lunch stop and share in the scenery/place that you are visiting.

By this stage in the game we are all friends and so I dont want this to sound over-regulated but....some suggestions to organize our rides in the coming year.

1. Arrive with a full tank of gas. This way we all start out with at least ~140 miles for the first tank irrespective of bike and it cuts down the wait time and faffing around at gas stations. 

2. Its not always possible to keep together as a group. Some go faster than others, lights change, stop signs etc. Also someone might want to stop and take a photo/call of nature etc etc. Its impractical to all stop each time and wait. Its also potentially dangerous. When riding with more than +3/group Id suggest having pre-planned stopping points. See point 3.

3. Feel free to organize a ride! If you want to ride on Saturday, for example, post a route suggestion and see who else wants to go. Discuss the route, perhaps change it if a better suggestion comes up, set a time, post the details on the Forum, meet at specified time and go. Easy!

If there are going to be more than 3 riders it would be a useful idea when discussing the ride to look on Google maps and ALL agree on ride points to stop at to either have a break or let the other rider(s) catch up. This gets round the problems brought up in point 2.

Ride ideas - good idea to have a break/meeting points arranged, a potential lunch stop and another break point after lunch. Easy!

4. With #2 and #3 in mind, make sure you have the other riders cell phone numbers. Use them if need be! If you break down and the other riders take off, they will be waiting for you at the agreed meeting point up the road. Call them and let them know what happened! They will usually come back and help you get home ;). Or if you going to be delayed getting to the check point, call them or send a text. Information is key! They may decide to carry on to the next check point and if they do they will text/call you!

Feel free to comment/suggest on these 4 easy pointers and Ill update them as necessary.

Looking forward to the next ride!
cheers
Andy


Title: Re: Group rides - the details
Post by: azure on March 29, 2010, 06:45:37 PM
Thanks for making it easier to understand and plan Andy!


Title: Re: Group rides - the details
Post by: frostypuck on March 30, 2010, 12:55:14 PM
Wise suggestions. I'm sure we all know these things, but forget to put them into practice on occasion.
Since everyone has different riding styles/ abilities it is important that everyone know the next or final destination. That way slower, more cautious riders can go along at their own pace and the quicker guys don't feel they are being held back. Also, photo ops don't have to be ignored since everyone should be able to find the next stop point on their own if need be.


Title: Re: Group rides - the details
Post by: mick750F on March 30, 2010, 06:35:21 PM

   Good suggestions Andy. With #4 in mind, how is the cell phone list coming along Chris?

Mike


Title: Re: Group rides - the details
Post by: frostypuck on March 30, 2010, 07:36:46 PM
I've got you, Alan and Ben. Altho I do pretty much have everyone's # stored on my phone, I just basically wanted to make sure it was ok to share.
I'll give it another week, and then share with the "regulars", no matter how irregular they may be.
Chris


Title: Re: Group rides - the details
Post by: mick750F on March 31, 2010, 12:44:21 AM
...then share with the "regulars", no matter how irregular they may be.
Chris

Thank you for that...Mike