Club Ride - 2018-07-21

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Club Ride - 2018-07-21

Post by Alan Coles on Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:19 am

Saturday, July 21st

Start time: 10:00 am (arrive before this departure time - be prepared - see below)

Depart from: Tom Hortons, Bedford Common - 36 Verdi Dr.

Destination: To Be Determined by those that attend (prior to 10 am)

Please remember to be respectful of everyone. That means:

At the Start

  • Kickstands up at the designated start/departure time - show up before to respect everyone's time
  • Full tank of gas
  • Bike ready to ride


During the ride

  • Be careful - we'll all be a bit rusty after the winter layoff
  • Ride in a safe formation
  • Staggered formation (Lead bike just left of center of lane, 2nd bike just right, etc.) when the road is good, single when it is not - See Group Riding Etiquette for details - http://bmwons.forumpro.fr/t1744-safe-riding-etiquette-group-riding
  • Do not be constantly weaving in your lane. It is not only distracting but also dangerous for other riders around you having an unpredictable/distracting rider amongst them.
  • Ride aware
  • Don't leave riders behind

Group Riding requires some common courtesies for everyone to have an enjoyable ride. That means you should follow standard protocols for considerate group riding such as:


  • Each rider must be aware of their own surrounding and ride accordingly - You are responsible for your own safety
  • Maintain a safe distance between bikes - that changes with speed
    - too close is unsafe (less than 1-2 seconds in staggered formation)
    - too far destroys the safety of the group formation (more than 3 seconds) and each riders ability to properly monitor the rider directly in front and behind them.
  • You have a responsibility to your fellow riders
  • Watching the rider in front will warn you of possible issues or changes
  • Watching the rider behind will alert you quickly if they have a problem and are no longer there

If the rider behind you stops, then you stop.
Following this protocol ensures two things:

  1. Ensures that the rider with a problem isn't abandoned and left to their own devices (part of why it is a Group Ride) and
  2. If each person is properly monitoring the rider directly behind them and stops if that rider does, then very quickly the entire group comes to a stop and is able to assist the rider in need.

Most importantly, ride at your own speed and comfort level, and have fun.
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A few video captures from today's ride

Post by Alan Coles on Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:56 pm

A few shots from today's ride.



Yes, it was wet, but none of us minded, it was a nice ride.




I think/hope Miriam enjoyed her first official BMWONS Ride (sorry for the low quality - best my "tech limited" self can do from video captures):


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