YHA Cycling Guidelines
These guidelines have been put together for the safety and enjoyment of the group.
Please be mindful of the ride rating and ensure you have sufficient experience to do the ride. If you are a new rider to the group, contact the ride leader to discuss the suitability of the ride for you. As an example, if you are signing up for weekend rides of 60kms per day, it would be expected that you have recently ridden that distance comfortably in one day.
It is helpful to know your average speed and distances you have ridden on the bike, when deciding whether the ride rating is suitable for you. A basic bike computer is not expensive. There are also free Apps for smart phones which can give you speed and distance. As a guide, you should be able to ride in excess of 20kms/hour on flat roads.
We are a social group and try to ride together. Sometimes with different abilities we may spread out a slightly. We re-group at regular intervals and always at intersections to ensure no-one gets left behind. Let someone know if you need to stop. We don’t want to leave anyone behind.
Please advise the leader if you are having any difficulties on the ride. We want to help if we can.
It is highly recommended to ride with some food. Sometimes it takes longer than expected to get to the lunch stop or next break and it's important to keep the energy level up. We suggest eating a small snack every hour or two. We normally take a break mid-morning, lunch and mid-afternoon.
Your bike should be serviced regularly and you should check for wear and loose parts in between services. We mostly ride in non-urban areas so breakdowns can leave you stranded.
Ensure your tyres are pumped up to the correct pressure and have sufficient tread to avoid punctures. It is recommended you carry a spare tube for day trips and two for weekends. Also carry a puncture repair kit, and don't forget your pump. You should be able to change a tyre or bring a friend who can.
We recommend you take out ambulance cover. In the event you are injured we may call an ambulance so insurance saves you from major costs.
We ride within the road rules.
Carry lights if there is even a remote possibility of riding in the evening.
We encourage car pooling and ride leaders will help facilitate this. We have adopted the YHA calculation for sharing car costs. i.e. double the ‘cost of petrol used’ and divide by the ‘number of car occupants’. This attempts to factor in a contribution for wear and tear to the car. If the person and bike is split between 2 cars, the payment is to be halved between the car drivers.
Organisers of the group reserve the right to ban any person who demonstrates behaviour that is harassing or anti-social or who do not meet the guidelines.
is at your own risk, Children under 18 years old need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who takes responsibility for the minor
Your RSVP indicates acceptance of these guidelines.
Enjoy our rides!
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