Bedford Harriers AC

Bike Ride Guidelines

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Group Riding Guidelines

Before you Ride

  • Plan route
  • Check bike over brakes, wheels etc
  • Things to carry spare inner tube, pump or gas cartridges, mobile, food, drink and some money.

On the Ride

  • Ride on the left.
  • Red lights, don't jump them.
  • Pavements - don't cycle on them.
  • Busy roads ride single file.
  • Ride in a pack.
  • Ride in pairs, never more than two abreast, but single-out ("file-out") if a car is behind and when filing out would enable the car to pass. (Note: when filing-out, it is normal for the rider on left to go forward, and the rider on right to drop behind.)
  • Do not overlap wheels (known as "half-wheeling").
  • Communicate with the other riders by pointing and calling out holes, walkers, joggers, parked cars and horses.
  • Repeat calls up and down the line; assure the front knows if the back are struggling with the pace.
  • Slow down for horses, give them lots of room.  Call ahead "bikes-up" if approaching horses from behind, so as not to startle them.
  • Call out "stopping" or "slowing" if that is what you are doing, to avoid the rider behind you crashing into you. 
  • Keep your lines.  On corners, do not cut the corner, or under steer the corner.  Remain parallel to the road centre line /edge.  There WILL be someone to your rear left or rear right whom you will be forcing off the road or into the path of an oncoming car.
  • Do not overtake the lead rider.  The lead rider is controlling the pace. The exception to this is when "rotation" action is being used to share the load against a headwind. 
  • Do not overtake another rider on the left without shouting out a warning to the rider first.
  • If you are at the front of the pack, after reaching the top of a climb, do not accelerate immediately as you go down the other side of the hill.  Remember that in a big group, the rear riders will still be labouring up the hill even after you are descending down the other side.  Keep the group together.
  • When pulling out from a junction, or turning into a road, slow down a little to allow the riders behind to catch up.  Everyone takes time to set-off, clip-in and get settled back in the saddle.  Keep the group together.
  • Do not litter.  If you eat on the move, or take a gel, put the wrapper in your pocket. 
  • All cyclists must adhere to the Highway code.
  • Most importantly ENJOY