Them’s the Rules

Below are the most important rules that all riders need to follow to ensure a safe group ride. Most of these are common sense but please familiarize yourself with them.

  • You must have a road bike that is in road worthy condition.
  • To ride with BCC you need to wear a cycling helmet that is in good condition.
  • You need to be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions, including gloves and overshoes when the weather is inclement. It is always better to be to warm rather than cold; layers can always be taken off.
  • Listen to, pass on and follow instructions given by your Ride Leader.
  • Follow the Highway Code at all times.
  • Point to and call out the potential hazards to your fellow riders (the calls are covered here), with the aim of ensuring that riders behind you are made aware of the pothole, obstacle or obstruction that is in the road.
  • Ride together as a group at the speed of the slowest rider. At the top of hills, stop regroup and allow slower riders time to recover, drink and, if necessary, eat.
  • Shout forwards advising the group if someone is falling behind or has a puncture.
  • When riding in a group two abreast keep a constant pace staying parallel with the bike beside you keep a reasonably close distance to them. The Ride Leader may ask you to ‘Single Out’ if road / traffic conditions require.
  • Hold the wheel in front at a safe distance and avoid breaking sharply.
  • If nervous about riding behind another rider leave plenty of space.
  • On a social ride, it is not necessary to ride within 1 foot of the bike in front.
  • Don’t ride with your front wheel overlapping/alongside the rider in front – also called “half wheeling”
  • Avoid sudden changes of direction or sharp breaking. Make sure you know where the other cyclists are before moving left, right, slowing or stopping. If slowing or stopping give an audible signal of ‘Slowing’ or ‘Stopping’.
  • If you are riding behind someone who is new to the group or you are not familiar with their riding style, give them and yourself more space.
  • Mudguards are required in wet/winter conditions – usually from November to February
  • Bikes fitted with Tri bars are NOT to be used in group riding.
  • You should carry a spare inner tube that fits your wheel/tyre, as well as the tools required to change the inner tube, if necessary.
  • Riders are encouraged to wear club kit wherever possible. It is great to ‘belong’ and it is also easier for the Ride Leaders to pick out our group when there are lots of cyclists out on the roads (other local clubs use similar routes to us).
  • Ensure that you advise your Ride Leader if you intend to leave the group ride for any reason.
  • Headphones are NOT to be worn in group riding.