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As a ride leader, I spend a ton of time planning special routes, rest stops, making reservations, etc., and making sure that everybody is safe. It is a big burden, but getting a thank you or comments such as "I have never been on the road before," makes it all worth while. Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

Jeff
Santa Clarita, CA
Thursday, September 21, 2017
I no longer go on group rides — they are way too dangerous and I have had some pretty awful ones. There were no accidents, thank God, but I've known of a few people who had some pretty bad wrecks, one from a group ride staged from the town I reside in a few weeks ago. The ride was organized by people who do not ride and had no idea how dangerous getting more than 100 bikes to ride in a group really is.

I stick to riding with just a few friends.

Julie Creighton
Los Banos, CA
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Show up with a full tank of gas.

Danno
Chicago, IL
Friday, July 21, 2017
As someone who has spent a good deal of time over the last three decades leading riders around the North American continent, permit me to offer a couple more suggestions. A good leader will always know who the least experienced rider is and keep the group ride within that person's comfort level. A good leader will also invite those with medical issues such as hypoglycemia to speak with that leader in private so that the leader knows when proper breaks can be taken and for how long. A good rider, who doesn't hear the leader ask that medical question, should go out of their way to make the leader aware.

Joe Benning
Lyndonville, VT
Saturday, July 8, 2017
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