I am a lonely visitor
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Where even Richard Nixon has got soul
Bikes: Michelle Pfieffer, the Carbon Fiber Wonder Bike: A Kestrel 200 SCI Repainted in glorious mango; Old Paintless, A Litespeed Obed; The Bike With No Name: A Bianchi Eros; RegularBike: A Parkpre Comp Ltd rebuilt as a singlespeed.
If you are riding in a pack, or at least among other cyclists, communicate with them. Most people appreciate hearing a polite "on your left" when being passed. (I know I do). Many will reply "thank you." "Stopping," "Slowing," "Right turn." and "Left turn" are also helpful phrases.
If you need to stop in the middle of the ride, get your bike and yourself completely
off the road.
Are you planning to ride alone? Chances are good that you will find someone who rides your pace to pass the time with...if you want.
Wear sunscreen. Drink plenty of water. Don't whine. Stretch. Don't spend too long at the rest stops--you'll get stiff.
Carry the things you might need: a raincoat (if the weather is threatening), a tube, a pump, a tool or two that you know how to use. A power bar. Share these things with others who might need them.
Make sure your bike is in good operating condition before the ride. The SAG truck is for emergencies, not routine maintenance.
And most important of all: have fun!
It is great to spend a day riding with other people who share our passon for cycling.
Religion is a good thing for good people and a bad thing for bad people. --H. Richard Niebuhr
Last edited by RegularGuy; 07-10-02 at 07:42 AM.