Category: Safety & Etiquette

Group Riding Requires Your Undivided Attention Part 1 of ?

No Safe Riding Habits = Know Pain Know Safe Riding Habits = No Pain You are DRIVING your bicycle, not riding it.  Your undivided attention is required. Call Outs Are Good Riding Technique The riders in front of you and the riders behind you don’t necessarily see what you...

Riding, Or Not, During This Very Strange Time With Covid19

Riding, Or Not,  During This Very Strange Time With Covid19 Groups of one No Pace lines You can go at whatever pace you want No mask, when you ride alone*, as it is two hard to breath Shorter rides, especially for the women as most rest rooms are closed...

Etiquette Is Not UnCool Or Stupid

I Know, I Know, So many posts about etiquette and safe riding.  It bears repeating. You are NOT so cool that passing calls like “Stopping”,”Slowing”,”Car Back”, etc. up and down the line of riders does not apply to you You are not so wise that you can prevent the...

Getting your significant other on the bicycle.

I’ve seen it happen over and over. Serious cyclists think of a 15% uphill grade as a fun challenge. New cyclists think of a 4% grade as hell. If you want to introduce your significant other (s.o.) to the joys of cycling, consider the following thoughts: You ride at...

Safety Posting From LIBC Ride Group

Some thoughts and observations on our rides: Recently we have had a few rides compromised because a rider came to the ride with a bike which was not properly maintained.  It is each riders responsibility to check their bike before a club ride to ensure that it is in the proper...

Of Stop Lights, Stop Signs, Speeding And Other Riding Habits

On the main page of The Bicycle Site (late March 2011) are some links to stories about cycling in Central Park NY. It seems there are a few faded signs about a 15 mph speed limit in the park.  However, the real speed limit is 25 mph. NYC’s finest...

Rant #3 – The Never Ending Safety Issues

The other day a member of our bicycle club was telling a group of us how safe someone was who she regularly rode with.   We all listened politely.  When she left we looked at each other and rolled our eyes.  To a person we all felt the ‘safe rider’...

Just Three Little Words

What is the problem with the words “on your left“ or, if you must “on your right“? Group riders often warn everyone of “debris”, “car back/up/right/left”, “slowing” and “stopping”. But getting a rider or group of riders know you are passing seems as hard as getting a man saying...

In The Beginning

In the beginning…circa 1997. The Trek Hybrid Bike Back in the early 1990’s, my wife and I were riding 25 year old Schwinn English Racers. A “ride” covered about 2-3 miles and many stops at tag sales along the way. A big “ride” was the 4 mile round trip...

The Bicycle Tragedy

In May of this year, a biking buddy of mine was riding his new Orbea carbon fiber bike to a rest room, on a flat road. The frame collapsed and he fell in such a way that he was paralyzed and on various support apparatus. He died this month....