When you guys ride with a group, how strict are you with the rules of the road. Do you enjoy a more relaxed ride, or are you the type to follow all the hand signals, staggered formation.....
That's about it, what Dan has said. For safety you got have an understanding among the rider. Going down the road like a herd will get somebody hurt.Everyone I've ridden with which is only individuals, no groups, has an unspoken rule; no passing the rider in front of you. Everyone I've rode with rides staggered formation. If you gotta stop, signal your intention so folks don't pile up. I will probably ride with our GWRRA local chapter sometime as I suspect they may have a few more rules.
I've rode with the Southern Cruisers a few times and the usual leader, Blue " is a consummate and constant signaler. He'll keep the riders pretty busy, ( a bit too busy sometimes for my taste ) passing down his signals. On the other hand, REF, too much is better than too little or too vague as I discovered the hard way.When we rode in NC....we just rode. I have ridden with Southern Cruisers as well as GWRRA and really haven't seen any strictness. Safety is number 1....but fun isn't far behind.
The wife and I road for the first time with this great bunch and this for me is the way to do a group ride, If the numbers get up over ten for me it is time to have two or three groups and have each group do their own ride.Just good common riding practice. Always stagger, give room, communicate prior (make sure everyone knows the route that way you don't play the stop & wait game when people get stuck at a Traffic light).
The other important thing is if you are leading the pack remember this "You are in Control." This is one big reason why not everyone is cut out to lead a pack. There can be no room for indecisiveness. Make sure if you are stopping that there is room for all the bikes so that someone is not stranded out in the line of traffic. It is equally each bikers responsibility if they are not leading to stay in line as mentioned (no Passing) etc.
All of these concerns is why this Ole Fossil doesn't do the big group rides. I am blessed to ride with some guys that know how it goes & we can just enjoy. I will say that obviously you have to ride with someone the 1st time so repeated rides will yield better results. Case in point was apparent this past Saturday. Having ridden with my friend Two Wheel on many occasions I took notice on how the 2 of us know where each other are & what we are going to anticipate working our way through traffic, particularly on the slab. It really is enjoyable & reassuring so that we both can enjoy the ride.
As always this is just one Ole Fossil's opinion.
You definitely need to ride with the PA/VA connection. The only strictness we have is I have to kick everybody in the butt to get out of the restaurant.I rode with a couple groups that was very strict on hand signals , staying in formation , I hate that people are so serouis , I love to just ride , it is nice if you are staggered looks better
I know the VA connection , rode 2 times with them , looking foward to the PA connection , even of Ram is a Steelers fanYou definitely need to ride with the PA/VA connection. The only strictness we have is I have to kick everybody in the butt to get out of the restaurant.
If people would show up on time you would not have to do the butt kicking thing. would you belive the wife made us late.You definitely need to ride with the PA/VA connection. The only strictness we have is I have to kick everybody in the butt to get out of the restaurant.