Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Western New York
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Legal Riding and Group Rides
So, here's a question for everyone. I tried searching this up but couldn't seem to find it. I recently went out for a group ride with a local club. The ride started downtown and moved out to the country/suburbs. Normally, when riding solo, I ride the letter of the law, stopping for every stop sign and red light. However, the group I was with, while not recklessly blowing stop signs and lights, we'd roll through some of them if the coast was clear, and on some ocassions begin heading through when the cycle was just changing to green on our way, but we still had a red. One of the other riders stated that it was generally safer to do so, getting everyone out of harm's way.
I really didn't know the route, since it was all kind of ad-hoc, so I essentially just played follow the leader for most of the ride. It seems to be the only club in my area that is just a social riding club as opposed to a racing oriented group, so I would like to keep going out. My question is, should I ride the letter of the law and try my best to keep up? Or is it better to just follow the group? I wasn't keeping up too well, as I have a flat bar hybrid with bar ends versus touring and road bikes.
On a side note, i'm fine with the sidewalk cycling that we did, only because it was controlled, polite, and there were very few people on extremely wide sidewalk areas.
So, any advice for a group ride noob?