trail yieldTrail etiquette is raised on occasion and although we all think we behave properly sometimes we may get it wrong.

If you do say sorry that is usually sufficient. The sign (usa) follows the same hierarchy as here with bikes yielding to everyone else. Dogs are not stated but if they do not yield it is polite not to run them over. Badgers you can run over as they seem almost indestructible.

Etiquette also applies to footpaths where you should get off and walk if pedestrians are sharing it but in the dark of night then it is a little different. Footpath wear and tear due to bike tyres is one reason given but walkers and boots with square heels may cause equivalent damage. Braking areas do cause more damage however and this is visible on our own trails.

Etiquette also applies to your ride group and although we have little conflict a little courtesy goes a long way. So to clarify our differences…

We do not cut and shut into a downhill trail. This means going in front and holding a faster rider behind you.

We do not block on uphills as it can make a climb harder for the chase rider. We share the gate load although the faster riders take the lion’s share try to take a turn. Mechanical problem then someone offers to stay and help. Leading, then ask for help when required as the lead rider needs to think ahead to get the most out of the ride for everyone. Riding tail – hardest role at times as the catch up effort can be a killer but can be the most rewarding.

Mix and match – this is key to group rides so try to vary your position and ride alongside a less familiar face. Advice – more difficult but if you notice a problem with a bike or a riders position then it is helpful to say something as you may not notice your own saddle has slipped on the rails for example. Technical advice – more difficult but the Monday ride has used many experienced riders to help with the progress and the results have been great. Bike advice – much more difficult with only two rules. Your next bike is always going to be better than your current bike and the best colour is orange.

So on your next ride show by example.



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