Ø A Member shall sign and abide by the Club Bike Beans Ride Disclaimer.
Ø The Ride Guide is not your brain so please don’t leave yours at home. Each rider is responsible for his/her own safety. Ensure you are riding within your limits and in accordance with the highway or country code.
Ø If it’s going to be dark or there is likely to be low visibility at any time during a ride then ensure you have adequate lights with a good battery charge. Ensure you
take into account some additional charge time to allow for mechanical problems and slower group riding.
Ø Ensure your bike is safe before you start a ride and that you have adequate spares of the most commonly required items (inner tubes, pump/CO2 cartridges, chain-links etc.). The Ride Guide may know how these are to be used but it is the responsibility of each Member to maintain and repair their own bike. Cycle maintenance courses are run as required at the Café.
Ø Correctly fitting helmets are compulsory during Rides. There are arguments for and against helmet use but if you are on a Club Bike Beans ride the wearing of helmets is not up for debate.
Ø Your full attention needs to be on riding and therefore no earphones, headphones or other audio entertainment device is to be used on rides.
Ø If you intend to take part in any British Cycling sanctioned race as a Club Bike Beans Member then you MUST wear Club Bike Beans kit. The only exception is where members are also members of another club which has been declared as their primary club for a particular ride discipline with British Cycling.
Ø Ride two abreast where it as safe to do so but be prepared to single out when necessary. Ride immediately behind the rider in front – do not overlap. Overlapping gives you no chance to avoid the rider in front if he swerves or falls, and can result in the group presenting a three abreast profile. Never ride more than two abreast.
Ø Where traffic is heavier and the ride group is large, work together to break the group into smaller sections of approximately 6 riders. These riders should work in single file or two abreast according to road conditions and present as small an obstacle to motorists as possible while still riding far enough from the kerbside to assert their presence and avoid kerb-strikes, drains and potholes.
Ø Ride steadily. Keep a steady line and constant speed while in a group. Any sudden change is magnified as it reaches riders at the back and so can have dramatic consequences.
Ø Nobody likes a face-full of dirty water or filth so please fit mudguards if possible when riding in inclement weather.
Ø Making sure your bike is clean before a ride is useful too. Cleaning your bike will make you more aware of any wear and tear issues (e.g. worn brake pads, drivetrain etc.) and less likely to suffer mechanical issues on rides. It also stops you getting filthy if you have to fix it mid-ride too.
Ø In any incidents with other road users you should attempt to maintain the moral high ground. Don’t enter into arguments and avoid confrontation. Remember
that just as we tend to notice only inconsiderate or bad drivers so other road users see poor behavior by some cyclists. Please provide any extra ammunition to the anti-cycling lobby.
Ø Point out obstacles using hand-signals to assist your fellow rider behind you. These may include holes, unexpected bumps & cracks, bollards, debris etc - use your logic.
Ø Use hand signals when turning, or passing obstacles on the road that would require you to change your riding line. This will give cars and other riders, the heads up that your turning left or right, as well as warn your fellow riders behind you that you will be moving out of your riding line to avoid an obstacle ahead.