July-August 2003 Newsletter
by Steve Sarson, VP Education
The riding season is in full swing — the weather is warm and club
rides are well-attended. Riding safely and courteously is paramount
to the success of the ride and the overall health and well-being of
all riders. There are many things each and every one of us can do to
insure a safe and successful riding season. The following points will
make all of us better riders. Take a moment to review them and put
them in practice on each and every ride. Let’s all ride safely and
courteously, and have an accident-free riding season.
10 Commandments of Bicycling
- Always wear a helmet — Don’t become a “donor cyclist.”
- Always do the “ABC Quick-Check” before leaving to ride.
- Obey all traffic laws — You are considered a vehicle by law.
- Ride safely and predictably.
- Use intersections correctly — Right side of lane in your direction.
- Scan for traffic and signal lane changes and turns.
- Be prepared for minor mechanical emergencies — Carry tools and
know how to use them.
- Control your bike and practice safe bike handling skills.
- Drink before you are thirsty and eat before you are hungry.
- Have fun.
Tips For Safe Riding
- Don’t yell “Clear” at intersections — cars can approach quickly.
- Use hand and voice signals — “Slowing, braking, right turn, left
- Call out hazards — “Car up, car back, car right, car left, debris,
glass, holes, etc.”
- Ride in a straight line and be predictable.
- Warn others by calling out “On your left ” when passing.
- Never pass on the right.
- Never ride on the sidewalk.
- Stop for red lights and stop signs — Practice track stands.
- Make eye contact with drivers to insure they see you, especially
- Riding two abreast is legal, but ride single-file on busy roads.
- Thank vehicle drivers that allow you to turn or cross in front
- Wear bright colored clothes at all times.
- Beware of parked cars — Watch for drivers opening doors or
pulling into the traffic lane.
- Avoid making obscene gestures or yelling at discourteous drivers.
- Be prepared to make emergency maneuvers.
- Be prepared for weather changes.
- Know drafting do’s and don’ts.
- Don’t ride alone if possible.
Bike Handling Class Schedule
July 7 - Jumping: How to lift your bike over a hazard to
avoid snakebite flats and tire blowouts.
July 14 - Riding Tips: Things to do to improve riding safety,
speed, turning, climbing, and shifting.
July 21 - Bumping: How to survive a bump, avoid panic, and
July 28 - Track Stand: Definition, purpose, and advantage.
August 4 - Paceline: (1) How to ride in a paceline; (2)
Why ride in a paceline; (3) What to avoid; (4) Courtesy and etiquette
while riding in a paceline.
August 11 - Training and Nutrition: (1) How often
should you ride; (2) How far; (3) What you should eat and drink;
(4) How often.
August 18 - Riding with the LBC: Where rides start,
starting times, distances, difficulty, ride captain responsibilities,
how to read directions and distances on a cue sheet, what a Dan
Henry road marking is.
August 25 - Fruit Ride: Come celebrate the end of the
classes with a training ride followed by cold, fresh fruit and
fellowship with fellow riders.
Every class includes the following:
- 45 minutes of instruction by seasoned riders, followed by practice
on your bike.
- An easy, 10- to 12-mile ride with traffic, signals, stop signs,
lights, busy roads, park roads, and subdivision streets.
- Class participants are split into smaller groups of similar
ability with instructors in the front and back of each group.
Individual instruction/assistance if needed.
- Rest stops if and when needed — nobody gets dropped or left behind.
- Follow-up discussion after the ride.
- Use of the Milestone Wellness Center lap pool, therapy pool or
whirlpool after class until 10:00 pm.
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