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TRIATHLON TRAINING - BIKE: DOS AND DON'TS AND SAFETY QUESTIONS ANSWERED

 

Dos and Don’ts of the road!

Obey all traffic laws. In North Carolina a bicycle is subject to the same rights and responsibilities as a motorized vehicle.
Use hand signals. Let motorists and other riders know your intentions.
Stop at stoplights, stop signs, yes all the same rules in your car apply to your bike.
Do not pass cars on the right stopped at stoplights. 
Wear flashy clothes. Be seen. LED blinker lights. Whatever it take to be seen.
Keep hand and finger gestures to yourself. A friendly wave does better. You don’t have good odds against a multi ton automobile! Get a plate number if necessary, call the police.

Group Riding

Riding with a group provides many benefits, safety, new routes, and motivation.
Tri 101 groups will ride a single pace line for training.
In a single pace line, the lead rider pulls off to the left, slows down slightly to let the group pass and then pulls in behind the group for a well deserved rest in the draft.
Pulls at the front should be consistent in pace and length. 
Riders in the pace line need to keep a good gap between their front wheel and the bike in front of them. Give your self time to react to things.
Yelling “slowing”, “stopping”, “car back”, “car up”, “gravel”, “hole”, are all welcome. The general idea is to let everybody know what’s going on for a safer ride. 
Tri 101 group rides will have several experienced riders along to help.

Items to carry in case of emergency repair.
Spare tube
Inflation device
Tire levers
Patch kit
Saddle bag

 

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