Ahead of all the other suggestions
below always remember the Highway
Code, rules, regulations and laws
of the road apply. You're responsible
for your own safety, so ensure your
bike is road-worthy and you're confident
riding on the open roads.
If you are under 18, please email
to discuss before joining a club run.
fun: Above all, the
club runs are fun. Even when it's
snowing. There may be some rules here
but the club run isn't a military
drill, it's about enjoying getting
out on the bike.
Money & Phone:
Fill your jersey pockets with a snack,
some cash and a mobile phone; and
bring a drink in your bottle cages.
That means you can top up your energy
levels on the move and also have some
cash for the cafe stop. A phone is
handy in an emergency or if you become
seperated from the group.
Code: When riding,
first and foremost you must at all
time comply with the Highway Code
and more than that, you must ride
with courtesy and respect for other
road users. You are responsible, not
only for your own safety but for other
riders around you. There will be a
leader but their role is limited to
choosing the route and, as far as
possible, making sure the Group stays
together and respects other road users.
They are NOT responsible for your
safety, you are. You are also responsible
for the cohesion of the Group and
helping keep it together. Experienced
Club members may ask you to adjust
your speed, road position or style.
Please respect them, as they are only
concerned for everybody's safety.
Ride together, its not a race: Keep
the group together, it is a group
ride. Everyone goes uphill at different
rates and this is fine, but re-group
at the top of hills and if necessary
at the bottom. The lead riders should
make sure that all riders are back
in the group before resuming them
at normal pace. It is okay to keep
moving but slowly, until everyone
is back together. If the ride is not
fast enough, move to the faster one
next week. If you want to race there
are all manner of competitive events
and the club will support you in these.
When approaching a junction slow
down a little to allow the riders
behind to catch up and proceed as
a group. Don't swarm around cars at
traffic lights, filtering on the left
and right but imagine the group as
a large vehicle and keep the group
together. Everyone takes time to set-off,
clip-in and get settled back in the
saddle. Keep the group together. Front
riders should warn of hazards ahead
and inform the rest of the group verbally
and/or with hand signals. Rear riders
should ensure that no-one is falling
behind. If they are, then they should
inform those in front and the Group
should slow to allow it to be reformed.
Group riding etiquette:
Aim to ride with less than one metre
between you and the rider in front.
Ride in pairs, NEVER more than two
abreast and directly behind a rider
in front and not diagonally. Single-out
if a car is behind and when filing
out would enable the car to pass,
or if the road conditions make it
sensible to do so. Be careful when
the work: If you've
been sitting on the front for a while,
when it's safe to do so, tell the
others and swap the lead. But if you're
tiring and suddenly it's your turn
to be on the front, tell the others
as it's fine to take it easy.
hello: If you're new,
please identify yourself to those
leading the club run. Please listen
to them, as they will explain how
the run works and where it's going.
We especially welcome new members
on the club run and if you like the
club run, please become a member.
We're happy for you to try the ride
a few times but after three or four
rides you join if you want to ride
club kit: Members
should wear the club kit if they can.
The Thanet RC clothing is good quality
and can be purchased from Peter Huckstep.
Possible forfeit if not worn, payable
to club funds and taken by group leader
This will but organised and discussed
by the group leader before the ride
starts. Hopefully there will also
be a common meeting point (Café)
for all groups to meet and chat. Note
that we will encounter roads that
are narrow and with hazards such as
pot-holes and gravel; me may also
ride on cycle paths and some off-road
sections. be prepared for these hazards.
If someone punctures or has a mechanical,
everyone is expected to stop. So in
return for delaying everyone, make
sure you start the ride with spares
like an inner tube, tyre levers and
that your bike is roadworthy.
Make sure your machine is well serviced
and roadworthy. No TT bikes or tri-bars
is why) as this can be dangerous
in groups and preferably mudguards
(with a flap) through the winter months;
as no-one wants to get their kit and
faces covered with the various unpleasant
substances that end up on country
roads in the wet winter months. Riders
should also bring with them spares
tubes, tools and a pump to deal with
any punctures and other mechanical
issues they may experience during
Riders are recommended to use front
and rear lights and have reflective
/ high visibility clothing.
Whilst on the ride we may experience
extremes of weather; make sure you
are suitably dressed and have additional
clothing should the weather turn against
you. Look at the forecast before you
leave and carry a few extra items
such as a rain jacket and arm warmers.
It is also recomended that all riders
wear an approved helmet and to wear
Don't get involved ... regardless
of provocation do not get involved
with arguments with other road users.
You are very identifiable as a Thanet
RC member by your kit and any road
rage incidents often get reported
back to the club.