20 May 2016

Ride Rules and Guidance

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.

Please review this informative well illustrated document about riding in groups

1.       Rider Responsibilities

  • The Club provides guided rides, led by volunteers from the club.
  • Guides provide a route (or sometimes will act as a facilitator to help the riders find a route – particularly the case off-road)
  • Guides are not there to adjust or fix your bike before a ride, mend punctures or suggest better technique.  They do these things but this will be on a rider-to-rider, not guide-to-rider basis.
  • Riders have the ultimate responsibility to decide which group they are capable of riding in and ensure they can meet the requirements for each level – see following slides.

2.       The Rides – Join Facebook/clubbikebeans

Beginners:                  Ride from the Café every 4-6 weeks

Approx 1 ½ to 2 hours

Pace to suit the group

Developers                 Several rides weekly

Approx 2 ½ hours  -  Aim for 12-14mph average

Intermediate             Several rides weekly

2 ½ - 3 hours – Average 15mph

Advanced                    Several rides weekly

3 hours plus – Average 16mph+                       

3.       Rider Objectives – Beginners

  • ·         Ride at a safe “assertive” distance from the kerb
  • ·         Safely ride in-line
  • ·         Comfortable looking around, perceiving hazards
  • ·         Signal appropriately when approaching and at junctions
  • ·         Ride safely, and appropriately, given road conditions
  • ·         Ride within 1-2 bike lengths of the rider in front
  • ·         Learn the need to and begin communicating hazards verbally

4.       Rider Objectives – Developers

  • ·         Master Beginners Objectives
  • ·         Ride 1 bike length of the rider in front
  • ·         Be confident riding 2-abreast
  • ·         Regularly and confidently communicate hazards verbally
  • ·         Learn to and begin communicating hazards by hand signals
  • ·         Understand the need to take on water and fuel on longer rides
  • ·         Be able to take on food and water on the move
  • ·         Build stamina and ability to ride for periods up to 2½ hours at 14-15mph
  • ·         Ensure you carry appropriate spares/tools on every ride
  • ·         Take an active interest in and assist with roadside repairs

5.       Rider Objectives – Intermediate/Advanced

  • ·         Master Developers Objectives
  • ·         Ride safely within 1 bike length of the rider in front
  • ·         Understand what may impact close group riding on hills – standing, gear changes etc.
  • ·         Ride smoothly at all times – ride as a team
  • ·         All riders MUST take a turn at the front
  • ·         Regularly and confidently communicate hazards by hand signals
  • ·         Demonstrate the ability to repair a puncture and carry out basic emergency maintenance
  • ·         Maintain discipline on group rides
  • 6.       Group Riding

  • Please look at this document http://www.bikebeans.co.uk/static/pdf/666b5c4f22cb64464431fef15518bf4c.pdf
  • ·         Because it is more efficient for distance riding and causes less obstruction for traffic we want riders to learn and build confidence in group riding
  • ·         Guide rides should be familiar with the Group Riding Guidance available on www.bikebeans.co.uk.  An excellent instructional video is also available here
  • ·         Club guidance for Intermediate/Advanced riders is that where there are central white lines and the road is not excessively busy or narrow then groups should ride 2-abreast.  For Beginners/Developers single line riding is the default except when introducing the 2-wide group riding concepts

7.       Responsibilities of Ride Guides

  • ·         Before you ride:
  • ·   Check all riders have signed the Ride Sheet and have your mobile no.
  • ·   Ensure quick introductions are made where appropriate
  • ·   Provide a brief route description
  • ·   Assign backmarker(s) and ensure they are happy in the role
  • ·   Have and explain your procedure for finding dropped riders
  • ·         During the ride
  • ·   Look out for newbies – use ride to gauge ability and put at ease
  • ·   Stop at the top of major hill climbs and count the group in
  • ·   Check group is all together after major junctions – don’t accelerate away!