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Cycling in a group

Postby willow71uk » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:39 am

Does anyone know of any websites or books were you can read about riding in a group. For example the warning signals/sayings for potholes or cars coming etc. And yes before anyone says it i have tried google just not sure what to search for. I have been out on a few club rides but still need some research into this.

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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:57 am

I googled "cycling in a group hand signals" and there were loads of hits. I don't really know enough to evaluate their accuracy, though there was a BikeRadar article close to the top of the list.
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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby LegendLust » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:33 pm

willow71uk wrote:Does anyone know of any websites or books were you can read about riding in a group. For example the warning signals/sayings for potholes or cars coming etc. And yes before anyone says it i have tried google just not sure what to search for. I have been out on a few club rides but still need some research into this.


This is a good read

http://www.ilkleycyclingclub.org.uk/upl ... %20ctc.pdf

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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby thegreatdivide » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:54 pm

You're better off going on your first group ride and getting firsthand experience rather than reading about it on the web. Some groups have different saying for calling out a car coming up from behind or heading towards the group. Some call out the hole as ‘hole right’, some call out ‘right’ and some just stick their arm out.

I didn’t have a clue on my first ride, I just got on the back and took it all in. If it’s a good club they’ll show you what to do before heading out.

[edit] I see this isn't your first group ride - so why do you need to read up about it?
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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby willow71uk » Wed Nov 14, 2012 13:15 pm

Cheers LegendLust. thegreatdivide the club has 4 groups and i think the one i went with are a bit lazy at shouting warnings etc. I'm going with a different group Sunday and i hear they are more efficient at warnings.

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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby saprkzz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 13:19 pm

You will only need a few miles with a club to understand what you have to do. Its quite easy, and the signals are pretty much commen sense. Its only a little tricky when in a pace line at speed all tucked in to the wheel in front, then you have to be switched on.

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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby LegendLust » Wed Nov 14, 2012 13:23 pm

saprkzz wrote:You will only need a few miles with a club to understand what you have to do. Its quite easy, and the signals are pretty much commen sense. Its only a little tricky when in a pace line at speed all tucked in to the wheel in front, then you have to be switched on.



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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby thegreatdivide » Wed Nov 14, 2012 13:26 pm

willow71uk wrote:Cheers LegendLust. thegreatdivide the club has 4 groups and i think the one i went with are a bit lazy at shouting warnings etc. I'm going with a different group Sunday and i hear they are more efficient at warnings.


You definitely get good groups and bad when it comes to calling out hazards. There are particular individuals in our club that drive me nuts. Then again there’s one guy I ride with that calls out everything – he looks like he’s trying to guide a plane in! I’m more of a shouter myself.
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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby meesterbond » Wed Nov 14, 2012 13:27 pm

Our lot use 'Oil up' or 'Oil down' for car behind or in front (up your a%$e, down your throat I guess)... took me a while to work out what they were saying, even though the meaning was clear.

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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby ILM Zero7 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 17:50 pm

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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby ILM Zero7 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 17:52 pm

meesterbond wrote:Our lot use 'Oil up' or 'Oil down' for car behind or in front (up your a%$e, down your throat I guess)... took me a while to work out what they were saying, even though the meaning was clear.

OMG , you're not in Kent are you - it used to drive me mad, some nerdish comment trying to be clever about 'oil' - when most of them get it wrong half the time - defeating the object of passing a warning, for the sake of making a statement
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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby MarkP80 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 13:50 pm

ILM Zero7 wrote:
meesterbond wrote:Our lot use 'Oil up' or 'Oil down' for car behind or in front (up your a%$e, down your throat I guess)... took me a while to work out what they were saying, even though the meaning was clear.

OMG , you're not in Kent are you - it used to drive me mad, some nerdish comment trying to be clever about 'oil' - when most of them get it wrong half the time - defeating the object of passing a warning, for the sake of making a statement

Or was it Yorkshire, and they were in fact referring to road defects?
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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby LegendLust » Thu Nov 15, 2012 14:45 pm

MarkP80 wrote:
ILM Zero7 wrote:
meesterbond wrote:Our lot use 'Oil up' or 'Oil down' for car behind or in front (up your a%$e, down your throat I guess)... took me a while to work out what they were saying, even though the meaning was clear.

OMG , you're not in Kent are you - it used to drive me mad, some nerdish comment trying to be clever about 'oil' - when most of them get it wrong half the time - defeating the object of passing a warning, for the sake of making a statement

Or was it Yorkshire, and they were in fact referring to road defects?


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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby saprkzz » Thu Nov 15, 2012 14:54 pm

LegendLust wrote:
saprkzz wrote:You will only need a few miles with a club to understand what you have to do. Its quite easy, and the signals are pretty much commen sense. Its only a little tricky when in a pace line at speed all tucked in to the wheel in front, then you have to be switched on.



Oh dear another Americanism invades our shores


so sorry old chap.. I do believe I have been to the US of A three times when I was a teenager, I must have picked it up then.

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Re: Cycling in a group

Postby MartAstur » Thu Nov 15, 2012 16:27 pm

I was in WHSmith news agents the other day at the airport and in the bike magazine section they had a book called 'The ultimate guide to Cycle Training' by MAGBOOK written by Guy Andrews & Simon Doughty. It has a section all about riding in a group including shouted and hand signals, seems to explain everthing you need to know.
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