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Old 02-11-07, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by asgelle
That would make no sense. The fault was entirely your own. You chose which group to ride with. You chose where to put your bike in the pack. You chose how much space to leave between you and the bikes around you. And finally, you chose how well to develop your own skills. If you ride in a group you accept the inherent risks that come along with it. If someone is dangerous, work to help them improve or get them to leave the group, but that's the long term solution. During a ride everyone is responsible for themself.
+1. You are responsible for your own safety. Just as good driving is all about how you react when something doesn't happen the way it is supposed to (e.g. someone does something stupid), good riding requires you to be prepared.

Cyclists like to ride in pacelines, but if you choose to position yourself in a way that you cannot stop or dodge in time if someone suddenly does something dumb or suffers catastrophic equipment failure, crashes once in awhile will be inevitable. This is particularly true if you don't know the skills of the other riders.

At rec rides, I almost always see people I think are trying to ride beyond their skills. Pacelines are always dangerous, but they are especially so when the riders don't know each other well and/or lack experience.
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