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Thread: Group Ride "rules" ?

  1. #16
    MAYLETT
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunkyone View Post
    Ride in a staggered formation, @3 seconds apart, NEVER side by side!! Although they teach this method at the police schools, it's never a good idea. Set up a series of hand signals and go over them PRIOR to the ride. If your group is large, split the riders up into several groups and stagger the departure times a few minutes. Nothing will drive a "cage" driver into doing something stupid (and therefore dangerous!) like have a L-O -N -G line of bikes to pass on a winding road.Have your ride captain describe the ride, how you will ride, where you will ride to, and what to do in case of a problem. Make sure that EVERYONE is "on the same page", and is NEVER, NEVER ride impaired!! Vaya con Dios, Dutch
    Honestly, I know some people enjoy formations, hand signals, group captains and structured riding, and that's absolutely fine. Each to his or her own, and I'm fully supportive of and eager to hear the good times had by those who do.

    On the other hand, your post is pretty much a description of everything I find to be unpleasant about group riding dynamics. I'd last about ten miles in a structured riding formation like that before claustrophobia caused me to bolt in another direction at the first side road turnoff.

    I declined to join the school marching band in high school for similar reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maylett View Post
    honestly, i know some people enjoy formations, hand signals, group captains and structured riding, and that's absolutely fine. Each to his or her own, and i'm fully supportive of and eager to hear the good times had by those who do.

    On the other hand, your post is pretty much a description of everything i find to be unpleasant about group riding dynamics. I'd last about ten miles in a structured riding formation like that before claustrophobia caused me to bolt in another direction at the first side road turnoff.

    i declined to join the school marching band in high school for similar reasons.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by voni View Post
    ride your own ride!

    Voni
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    Quote Originally Posted by maylett View Post
    honestly, i know some people enjoy formations, hand signals, group captains and structured riding, and that's absolutely fine. Each to his or her own, and i'm fully supportive of and eager to hear the good times had by those who do.

    On the other hand, your post is pretty much a description of everything i find to be unpleasant about group riding dynamics. I'd last about ten miles in a structured riding formation like that before claustrophobia caused me to bolt in another direction at the first side road turnoff.

    i declined to join the school marching band in high school for similar reasons.
    +1
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