|Each rider should have a toolkit to comprise the MINIMUM of:- Pump or means of inflating tyres. At least one inner tube, tyre levers Allen keys/ spanners appropriate for your bike.
|Bring your mobile phone with charged battery. Ensure the ride leader has your contact number and your contact details are up to date on membership list.
|Bring Money for tea stop.
|Cycles must be in a road worthy condition. Pay particular attention to condition of brakes. Check bike over before you leave home. Check tyre pressures.
|Number of groups & riders per group to be at the club captain or assistants discretion.
|Dehydration & Energy.
|Ensure you carry water / hydration drinks and food. Drink regularly during the ride, Rehydrate after the ride.
|Bring Money for emergency drinks & food.
|The use of Tribars on club runs is strictly banned. Whilst the club accepts that they may be permanently attached to cycles they must not be used during a ride.
|The club recommends riders should wear a EN standard cycle helmet. The helmet should conform to the latest regulations. Duty of care on rider to ensure correct and secure fit. Wear gloves / mitts.
|New/ Guest Members
|All new riders to introduce themselves to the club captain or assistant. New riders should be assessed for riding experience and allocated to a group within their stated ability.
|New riders or existing members to report any medical conditions to the club captain or assistant.
|Duty of care on the individual rider.
|Understand and be familiar with the Highway Code. Ride no more than two abreast unless overtaking. Endeavour to ride smoothly and not to brake without warning unless necessary – one rider’s actions impact those behind. Ride in single file on busy roads and where it would otherwise be dangerous or difficult for drivers to pass. Remember that the club promotes safe cycling.
|Hazards arising from the road surface (loose surface, gravel, pot holes, leaves and diesel spills
|When safe, the front rider is to shout / signal as appropriate with the left or right hand. Warning to be repeated (if safe) by those following. Pot hole – pointed signal Gravel/loose material – downward arm with a hand making a movement as if dusting fast. Stationary vehicle – use appropriate arm behind the back to point away from the obstruction to guide the rider behind.
|Motor vehicles approaching the group on narrow roads, from the front or rear
|Warn of approaching / overtaking vehicle by rear marker shouting “car up” and warn of an oncoming vehicle the lead rider should shout “car down“. There may be situations where the group will be required to proceed in single file.
|Heed instructions voiced from riders in the group.
|Exercise due care and attention to road surface conditions in bad weather. Duty of care on the individual rider.
|Stopping on the Road
|Always choose a safe place to stop as a group and in particular avoid road junctions, bends and other physical road hazards. Warn riders before stopping and choose a position that where possible keeps the carriageway clear. In event of punctures, breakdowns move off the carriageway if possible and decide whether to instruct the group to continue to a safer waiting place.
|Lead rider should warn the horse and rider by verbal communication that cyclists are present behind shout “cyclists” from a distance and then repeat as you draw closer. Thereafter proceed and pass by slowly advising the horse rider roughly how many cyclists are following. Heed any advice given by the horse rider. Horses can be spooked by bikes.
|Signals Visual & Verbal
|Verbal and directional hand signals to the group and other road users must be given in good time. Lead rider to provide loud verbal warnings in situations where high risk is encountered ie “ICE” – ice, “EASY ? SLOW” down steep hills or gradients, “GRAVEL” excessive grit on the road.
|Parked and other stationary vehicles
|Warning to be given from the front and passed down in relation to any dangers such as parked vehicles or other obstructions. Riders to use a hand signal to warn riders behind of obstructions so they can pull out from the side of the road.
|Eyewear / Debris
|Wear suitable and comfortable eye protection.