When riding in a bunch remember that what you do on your bike will affect the person behind you, so in the interests of safety always make your actions clear and predictable. If you are going to stand and stretch make sure you call out “STANDING” and wait a second then stand and stretch. This is important because when you stop pedaling and stand you immediately rock your bike back. This could easily cause the rider behind you to touch wheels with you, and as we all know this can be disastrous. This is called rocking! So please cycle safely.
Dehydration can cause many problems on a ride and we should all be aware of the need to stay hydrated throughout a ride. Dehydration can cause you to lose concentration as well as drain you of much needed energy to finish the ride. The ability to take your water bottle out of its cage, have a drink and place it back in to its cage safely, is an important skill and should be practiced. To learn this skill we suggest that you do this solo or away from a bunch in a safe environment and practice riding with one hand off the bars for a little while then once you are comfortable doing this, glance down and touch your water bottle.
When you find that you’re able to do this and keep the bike in a straight line take the water bottle out of the cage and have a drink. When placing the bottle back into the cage, always make certain that the bottle is securely into the cage before you let go of it! A dropped bottle in a bunch is always a hair-raising moment!
As we move into more favorable riding conditions, we need to be attentive about how our riding affects others in the group.
Adjusting your sitting position – Remember, if you stop pedaling while your shift about on your saddle or adjust your seating position, you will more than likely reduce your speed and if you are in a group this can cause problems for the rider behind you. So please be aware that your actions affect others, always try and maintain a steady line and pace!