Cycling Tips

DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION BELOW IS USEFUL AS A SUGGESTION, BUT EVERY PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND MUST USE THEIR OWN JUDGMENT.

 

Welcome to the Cycling Tips education page!

Our goal is to give all members--especially newcomers--the most important suggestions for riding SAFELY and COOPERATIVELY. Members have told us that they wish there were a place on our website where they could quickly learn about group riding and the expectations of the veteran riders. So, we created CYCLING TIPS.   In addition, you'll find other informative articles including "Dressing for Winter Riding", "Pacelines", "How to Change a Flat", "What to Do in Case of a Bike Accident".


Guide to WCC Group Rides

By Lisa Baker updated 4/05/16

The club expects all cyclists to follow these best practices on our group rides: 

Ride single file whenever there is traffic on the road
Stay as far to the right as is safe and reasonable—and not so far that you have to swerve left into traffic to avoid hazards
Hold your line: Ride directly behind the rider in front of you—aim to stay within six inches to left or right
Maintain constant pedaling: Maintaining a steady pace helps the rider behind you predict your speed
Signal

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Riding in Groups and Other Cycling Tips

DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION BELOW IS USEFUL AS A SUGGESTION, BUT EVERY PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND MUST USE THEIR OWN JUDGMENT.

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Safety = predictability + communication

PREPARATION

  • What to Wear: Bright colors, layers in all but hot weather, fabrics that wick (no cotton), fitted clothing that doesn’t flap or get caught in the wheels or chain. No jeans. Glasses for eye protection. Sunscreen. And, of course, (Riding in Groups and Other Cycling Tips continues ...)


Pacelines

By Gray Young on 8/04/11

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What is a Paceline?

A paceline is more than simply a group riding single-file. A paceline is a group riding cooperatively as a team, sharing the work of being in front of the line and the benefit of the draft while following in line. The person leading a paceline is working somewhere between

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How To Change A Flat It's easy, anyone can do it if you know how!

By Bruce Wells on 9/12/12

Changing a flat is something you will have to do as a cyclist at some point.  Don't worry, it is not that hard, and you can change flats like a pro if you follow some simple (but detailed) instructions.  I recently came up with these instructions for Bike Camp.  They are tested and will have you changing flats like a pro. 


In Case Of A Bike Accident -- Tips on What to Do

DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION BELOW IS USEFUL AS A SUGGESTION, BUT EVERY PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER OWN SAFETY AND MUST USE HIS/HER OWN JUDGMENT.

First -- Scene Safety

First responder, safety first -The first responsibility of a responder to an accident is his/her own safety!

A) If a rider(s) goes down, DO NOT STOP SUDDENLY, communicate "stopping" and slowly come to a halt.  Stopping suddenly could cause a pile-up of riders and more riders down.

B) If the rider is in the roadway or near the

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Dressing for Winter Riding? No Sweat!

By Bruce Wells on 10/12/12 updated 4/08/17

You don't have to stop riding in the winter.  You just have to dress correctly.  I find that most riders don't seem to know how to dress for winter riding, and therefore don't seem to get out on the bike as much as they could.  Correct apparel is critical to an enjoyable winter ride.  You can always tell the inexperienced winter riders, no head cover, full jackets, and light gloves.  All wrong!  Let me explain.

The key to winter riding is to not sweat.  Sweating,

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