Group Riding Road Rules
at your bike. Take a look at your
friend's bike. ARE THEY SAFE?
Walk around your bike. Check your
tires, brakes and look for any potential problem.
Also check your lights, Are they all
Is your tank full? Always come to rides with a
of fuel. Check your oil level, tire pressure and look for any leaks.
It is recommended you wear a DOT or
SNELL approved helmet.
in staggered formation. Keep a safe distance
bike in front of you,
one second behind the nearest bike, two seconds
behind the bike directly in front of you.
single file riding, ride two seconds, behind the bike in
front of you.
If you are not comfortable at this distance, you
extend it up to four seconds depending on speed.
Do not extend the distance more than four seconds
since you may not see signals sent by the Road Captain.
not lag behind as to separate the
group. If you wish to ride slow, go to the end of the group.
not pass another rider. If you must
pass, pass as you would a car (in another lane.)
Never pass another
rider in the same lane.
focused. Pay close attention to cars and trucks. Always
everything going on around you.
not ride in a car's blind spot.
Relay hand signals, e.g. single file, left turn,
turn, object on the road, Smoky ahead, etc. (See below)
Point to obstacles on the road.
Carry owners manual, registration, flashlight
tire inflate (not for bikes with tire pressure monitors.)
Inform the Road Captain if you are going to
leave the group.
If someone breaks down, you may stay
with them but follow instructions given by the sweep.
learn these. They are the ones
we typically use on our rides.
Detailed Road Rules for all
Road Captain Rules and Training