Road Riding Tips

The following sections describe tips for road riding.

Riding in a Paceline

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Hand & Voice Signals

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When Stopping or Slowing
When it is necessary to slow down or stop while riding, it is necessary to provide warning to your fellow riders to prevent them from running into you and your bicycle. When slowing say "slowing" and when coming to a complete stop (e.g. at a red light) say "stopping". In addition, placing your hand on your back with your palm open and facing away from you provides a non-verbal indication of your intention to stop (see picture to the left).
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Debris or Road Hazards
When you see debris that may cause other riders, point at the debris or road hazard and announce the type of hazard. For instance, if you see gravel to the right, point with your hand to the gravel and say "gravel" or if you see glass (which can cause a you to flat if you run over it), point at the glass and say "glass". Remember to point at the hazard long enough for the other riders to see your signal. Click on the images to the left for a larger example of the hand signal to use.
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Turning Left or Left Turn
The leader of a paceline will say turning left or left turn when approach an intersection where the paceline will be turning left. This is also communicated non-verbally via a hand sign where the leader of the paceline extends his or her left arm out to the left somewhat parallel to the ground. This is the same hand signal that is applicable to driving a car if your turn signals are broken.
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Turning Right or Right Turn
The leader of a paceline will say turning right or right turn when approach an intersection where the paceline will be turning right. This is also communicated non-verbally via a hand sign where the leader of the paceline extends his or her right arm out to the right parallel to the ground. This is the same hand signal that is applicable to driving a car if your turn signals are broken.
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Dropping
When the leader of a paceline is done pulling, he or she will say dropping (assuming they are not completely whipped) and pull off to the side (to left side of the paceline for single pacelines or the left paceline in a dual paceline scenario or to the right side in the right paceline of a dual paceline). There are two hand signals in this case that might be used. The first is to put ones hands out on the side of the handle bars after pulling off to the side and the other is to tap your rear prior to pulling off to the side. It is important not to slow down until you have pulled off so that the paceline can maintain it's pace.
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Moving Over
Often while riding, there is some obstacle in the road way that will force the paceline to move over. Most likely the paceline will need to move over to the left. This may be caused by a car parked on the shoulder, a shoulder disappearing or large debris being in the path of the paceline. In these situations, the paceline leader will typically call out the obstable ahead via car up or just moving over and place his or her hand behind their back and waving the paceline over.

Being Prepared

The following list of things should be carried either on your person or in your seat pack:

  1. Driver's License or other identification
  2. Cell phone
  3. Emergency contact information
  4. Medical insurance card
  5. Spare Tube
  6. CO2 cartridge or hand pump

Links to Other Resources

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