ladyriders225 wrote:btwomen , great information to pass on. I know what you mean and I do not understand why some folks think just because they are in a group ride, they do not need to stop at red lights, stop signs etc. Any many more dangerous things they do, I would have jumped out of that ride as soon as possible. Thanks for the reminder tips, and I stress never leave on a group ride if they do not have pre-ride instructions to go over the safty tips before the ride. Anna
Anna, great points. I think I myself will from now on be checking into other riders' experience when I join a group. They can be very safe and well organized or they can be risky as hell!
There's one particular charity ride that has grown very large over the years. Maybe some of the reasons include that they give away the best swag to all riders and they have pretty impressive draw prizes (this year, top prize is a H-D Switchback!! I am joining the ride this year for that reason, alone!! Hey, if you don't have a draw ticket, you surely can't win, huh?). Anyway, the road captain gets on stage before the ride and gives a good speech on road safety. I have ridden on several other group rides with this gentle big teddy bear of a man and he's a superb ride captain!! Unfortunately, though, there are some clowns who ignore his advice and ride like hooligans, anyway, on this big charity thing. I personally think they should be banned for their dangerous antics, after all, we are all donating to the same charity, so should be considered their "special guests", really. Anyway, I have learned in a case like this, and it's a fairly long ride, one can do the ride bright and early before most everyone else, or position yourself in such a way that you let the hooligans go waaaaay ahead of you, such as waiting at gas stops until the way is clear of 'em.