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Thread: Drop off system for riding in groups

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    Used the system for years until last year when we started just making sure the rider behind was visible at a turn. So if you can't see the following rider you wait until they can see you marking the turn and then you go. Seems to work well and we don't have any problems no matter if it's 3 or 15 riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by red1 View Post
    Used the system for years until last year when we started just making sure the rider behind was visible at a turn. So if you can't see the following rider you wait until they can see you marking the turn and then you go. Seems to work well and we don't have any problems no matter if it's 3 or 15 riders.
    Thats exactly what we do and it works well

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    Quote Originally Posted by red1 View Post
    Used the system for years until last year when we started just making sure the rider behind was visible at a turn. So if you can't see the following rider you wait until they can see you marking the turn and then you go. Seems to work well and we don't have any problems no matter if it's 3 or 15 riders.
    It's what I used to do when I first started organising rides. I switched to the drop off system because EVERYONE either ends up riding at the pace of the slowest rider or waiting for them at a junction. Not a problem if the difference in pace isnt great but it can and has ended up with the group strung out over many miles waiting ages at junctions. It also means every bike marks every junction (unless everyone is together obviously) and you often get people moving off thinking they've been seen and they haven't.

    Using the drop off everyone rides their own pace and because the faster riders do most of the junction marking they not only have chance for a good blast back up to the front, they never get that far ahead on the road. And as only one bike needs to stop and mark a junction, and they have to wait for one specific bike before the move on there is less chance of getting it wrong. Also there isn't a gaggle of bikes blocking a junction whilst they figure out if/who needs to stop and mark.

    No system is perfect, they all have their issues. But given a good initial briefing the drop of system works the best and with fewer compromises IME. The important thing there is having a ride leader who isn't afraid to stand up and ensure everyone knows the score pre ride. On the few occasions I relied on people saying "yeah yeah, I've read and understand it" things soon went to rat shit. A couple of mins spent explaining to all present pre ride meant for the other thousands of miles all over the island went trouble free...

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