Shop Ride

Spend Saturday morning riding with us. You can either take a chance or turn up at 7am (meet out front of shop)...or follow our Facebook & twitter feeds to make sure it's on...

 

*Our ride on Saturday leaves from the shop front 7am sharp and we wind our way to the airport's old tower just past the fire station. From there we make our way to the airports new tower via a big downhill, a few testing climbs till we hit gravel.

 

A few big downhills, passed Keilor Village, then the climb up Old Calder Hwy. Some more kilometres up and down back to Keilor Rd where we undo all our good work at a local Cafe. Distance 45 kilometres approximately.

What to bring??

 

 Bike
 Fluids
 Spare Tube(s)
• Tools
Lights
 Pump (or C02)
Phone
 Money for after ride beverage

Cycling Etiquette boils down to SAFETY, your safety and the safety of the people riding around you. Its not always obvious why one thing is safer or less safe. Over a few hundred years cyclists have worked every possible angle on how to avoid skin being left on the ground, which is the perfect segway into the first rule:

 

  1. Respect the direction and advice of senior riders. While it might difficult to hear wise and sometimes blunt advice, that guy yelling at you has probably has enough race wins, miles under his legs, broken bones and falls that entitles him to be heard by you.
  2. Obey the road laws. There is no amnesty for cyclists.
  3. Be spatially aware. Everything you do has a knock-on effect on everyone behind and beside you.

 

These are the three golden rules and what follows is one way or another an expansion on these. 

 

  • Share the road wisely. Ride a maximum of two abreast and single file when there is less space.
  • Be predictable with all your actions and communicate. Maintain a steady consistent line and avoid braking or changing direction suddenly. If you need to avoid an obstacle, do so smoothly and with grace. Maintain the same speed as the rest of the bunch without constantly surging or braking.
  • Point out and call hazards ahead. These include potholes, drain grates, stray animals, opening car doors, parked cars, broken glass or other dangerous debris.  Use “car up” or “car back”, for example, or “slowing” if you or the riders in front of you are slowing. 
  • When coming up to lights and they are amber or red call “lights”, to add effect call “stopping”. If very close to the intersection and they go amber call “rolling”. A long group may need to split and a responsible rider in the middle of the bunch will call “stopping” to prevent riders behind entering the intersection when red.  
  • Leave the iPod at home. If you can’t hear other riders, calls and traffic a fall is inevitable, though expect somebody to yank your earphones out beforehand. 
  • Half-wheeling is capital crime. When on the front of the bunch keep the bikes handlebar to handlebar. If one rider is half a wheel ahead then this is amplified through the bunch behind and disrupts the flow of the bunch. If you are paired with a half-wheeler, politely let them know!
  • Hold a Wheel and Line. Maintain a 30cm (1 foot), or less, gap between you and the wheel in front and very slightly to one side.  You will get a good draft, however if anyone should suddenly slow-up you will not ride into them. If you don’t hold a wheel expect riders to come around you. If you are not comfortable riding close to the wheel in front don’t ride in a bunch or go to the back.
  • Do not overlap or cross wheels. A slight direction change can cause wheels to touch. Almost always the rider behind falls and then takes other riders down as well. Protect your front wheel.
  • Keep left. Allow riders or another bunch to pass safely on your right. Pass other riders and groups on your left. If you come up to or are overtaken by a bunch and wish to join or ‘sit in’ join at the back of the bunch. Do not push in, it will force the outside rider into traffic. 
  • When climbing hills, avoid following a wheel too closely. Many riders often lose their momentum when rising out of the saddle on a hill which can cause a sudden deceleration. This can often catch a rider who is following too closely, resulting ‘crossed wheels’ and a fall.
  • Time trial alone. Don’t ride down on your aero-bars in a bunch ever! Bike control is reduced about 90% in aero bars. 
  • If you want to spit or snot look around move out of the draft momentarily and return to the paceline when you’re done!
  • Share the Love. A smile and a wave go a long way if a driver has waited for a cyclist to get through a junction. Say hello to other cyclists on the road as you pass. We are kindred spirits, connected by our passion and shared pain.
    * Please note, ride is heading in reverse direction from what 's stipulated until further notice. This means we are heading to the new tower  first from the shop. A steady steep climb  past cement works then wind our way by the golf course to the old tower. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
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