Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Bikes: Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
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It depends on the traffic situation and the way you are turning. This is always a big issue (just like my liking to ride in the lane). He is how I do it if I am leading a ride...
This always depends on the type and size of group ride that you are participating in. In our club we have 3 classifications of group so each one will vary. They are the slow leasure group (think slow and talkative), the long distance medium speed group (15 MPH avg) and the fast and faster group (advanced riders, 17+ MPH average).
Fast and Faster group...
Making a right turn
low traffic --- C, Usually slowing a little and running the sign, depends on the width of the road also.
heavy traffic --- B, then we all slow down and wait for everyone to get through, not stop just slow then pound again.
Making a left turn
low or high traffic, B, just like a car, there is no other way to do it. C will just block traffic and make drivers mad, A works in lower traffic but usually in pairs or 3's.
Medium Speed group... the same
Slow group, well I do not know, never have riden with them...
A couple considerations
unless you want to spread out the whole group, B without stopping is a bad idea. A rarely works due to short lights, at stops with heavy traffic it is a good idea. Most right turns we rarly stop at but do slow down. C is almost never a good idea, it is gotten us in more road rage incidents than I care to think.
Do I like it... well leading a group I would prefer that we all stop and regroup but that never happens. It is a necessity so I can not say I like it or not. I do not like when half the group gets dropped. It is reality on group rides though and if I knew a better solution I would.
Just your average club rider... :)