So you’ve decided to start riding with a group. There are several tips and cues you need to know that pertain to cycling etiquette.
March 2, 2014
Stay tuned-in for a series of Group Riding Tips and Etiquette over the next several weeks.
The “right elbow flick”. If you’re second wheel (or in the 2nd position within the group paceline, echelon…) and you see the lead rider “flick his right elbow”, that means he’s finished “pulling” up front and you’re expected to slightly accelerate to take the lead position. Once he’s cleared and you’re in the lead position pulling up front, proper etiquette is to maintain the same pacing and not try to “impress” the others by putting the hammer down. This will cause accordion effects, disrupt the group’s speed consistency, and certainly irritate other riders.