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Essential Guide and Jargon Buster

Essential Advice

Do not be put off by the apparent extent of this advice. Most is common sense and you will probably pick it up quite quickly.

(a) Never ride more than two abreast.

(b) Do not stop or change direction suddenly and/or without warning. If you need to stop, tell the group and pull over in a controlled way.

(c) Try to maintain a steady distance between you and the rider in front.

(d) Keep a steady line and do not weave about.

(e) Listen and watch out for the advisory messages from the leader and other riders around you. Pass messages on e.g. the leader may point out a hazard or say we're slowing down, or that a car is trying to get past

(f) Do not overtake on the inside.

(f) If you overtake the leader you're on your own!

(g) Please keep to the left hand side of the road. If asked to single out to get traffic past please do so quickly but taking care of those round you. If we have to stop please try to get off the road or keep in to the side.

Remember, The safety of everyone is paramount

Jargon Buster

* EASY. From the front to avoid concertinas a warning that we're slowing down. From the back - tell the leader we're going too fast.

* INSIDE. Hole, broken glass, etc., in the road surface on our left hand side.

* LOOSE. Gravel, or similar, across the road.

* MIDDLE. Assuming we're riding two abreast this a hole, broken glass, etc., between the lines of bikes.

* OIL DOWN. Sometimes "car down" or "on the nose." Car coming from in front i.e. down the line of cyclists. Only really needed on narrow roads.

* OIL UP. Also "car up" or "on your tail" (these things seem to be regional). Car from behind i.e. up the line of cyclists. You'll often hear this used on all sorts of roads. Sometimes you get just plain "car."

* ON THE LEFT. Come out as there's an obstruction. Maybe a parked car on the left hand side of the road.

* SINGLE OUT. Get into one line. Usually to get some traffic past.

* STOPPING. Usually from the leader. A warning just before stopping e.g. just before a junction so we don't end up sitting on top of each other.

With thanks to Jim Brown of CTC North Herts. for providing this information