What to Bring/Ride Tips
Make sure you come out on a Club Run fully prepared by following this simple check list and memorising the hand signals and calls.
Tools: At least 1 spare inner tube.
A way of inflating it - pump or CO2.
A multi-tool with allen keys
A chain breaker is handy too
A rear mech hanger (if you are prone to falling off!)
Nutrition: For every hour of riding you need at least 500ml of sports drink with carbohydrate.
It's a good idea to have something solid like a carbohydrate gel/bar, or carry a banana or something savoury.
Also, don't forget money for coffee and cake!
Clothing: A pack-away waterproof
As an alternative to winter long sleeve jerseys buy summer short sleeve jerseys, arm warmers and a gilet. The combined set will keep you just as warm and is only a little more expensive but you will get far more use out of them as you can use them all year.
Hand Signals: You need to know some hand signals when riding in a group. It is essential that you repeat them so everyone can see and pass it on:
Single hand in the air (up or down): Rider is signaling that he/she needs to stop or slow down. Usually followed by the call ‘Slowing’, ‘Stopping’.
Pointing down at the road : This is to point out hazards such as pot holes, manhole covers etc. PLEASE copy this signal, it stops accidents and punctures
Arm out left or right : Everyone in the pack needs to indicate when turning left or right
Left arm signaling behind back : Signal the cyclist is about to move out into the road, e.g. to pass a parked car, to go round debris in the road
Calls: These are some calls you might hear. It is essential that you repeat them down the pack so everyone can hear:
“Car up” or "Car Back" There is a vehicle coming up behind the group. Keep tight to the cyclist next to you, and be prepared to cycle in single file
“Car down” or "Car Front" There is a vehicle approaching towards the front of the group. Keep tight to the cyclist next to you, and be prepared to cycle in single file
“Single out/ single file” : Get into single file safely and promptly
“Slowing” : Usually accompanied by a hand signal. The cyclist in front needs to slow down for some reason.
“Stopping” : Brake!
“Clear” : To indicate that a junction is traffic free. You must check yourself and not rely on others.