Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Useful Video

This video was brought to my attention by Kenji from OBRA. I think it was meant more for Pelotonia's charity rides than a group ride service message. But it does a good job explaining the basics of group ride etiquette. There are a couple things that I don't completely agree with (The yelling, "Clear!" being one of them. Fodder for another post...). But if people only get some of these habits it would greatly enhance the enjoyment of everyone out there on the road.

On a side note. I think the part about bike maintenance is hilarious. I'd love to see someone get 2 tubes, 2 CO2, levers, multi-tool and a patch kit in that tiny saddle bag (Or kit. As they like to call it.). To funny...

Also, don't ever flip your bike upside down to change a flat or secure your quick release. Besides making it harder to get the wheel to seat into the drop outs (Especially on the rear wheel.) properly. Nothing screams Fred or newbie more than that (Well, maybe a fanny pack...).  This flipping up phenomena is something that's come about in the last twenty five years. Before that, you couldn't turn your bike upside down because of the brake cables sticking out of the hoods wouldn't allow it. And besides that your bar tape and saddle are going to get all nasty. That most definitely isn't pro. Just sayin'....

Hope the video was helpful.

Rubber side down,

Big E