What are the rules?

1 Use common sense.
2 Ride within your limits.
3 Wear a helmet.
4 Ride predictably and be considerate.
5 Take responsibility for your own front wheel.

This is not a race, nor is it a training ride. SaturdayRide is a social ride meant to be fun, safe and challenging (if you get exercise, well that's great too). We ride on public roads and anything can happen, so ride at your own risk.

Pay attention to the riders and conditions around you. Think of the peloton like a school of fish— everyone should move smoothly and consistently together. If you want to move up or back in the group, ease over to the left, outside the peloton so no one is in front or behind you and accelerate or slow gradually. Other riders watch the group as whole in front of them and any abrupt movement usually indicates a problem. Riders who ride squirrelly are distracting and can cause riders behind them to miss important cues in the group.

If you find yourself at the front of the group, don't pick up the pace suddenly. For example, some fast riders often will do this, taking the pace from 23 or 24 mph up to 26 or 27 mph only to exhaust themselves quickly, then when they drop back, the whole group suddenly slows down. This yo-yo effect stretches out the group and creates very erratic conditions near the tail of the group and it can get dangerous. If you want to go off the front, do so by coming around the group to the left. Anyone who wants to tag along can do so without disrupting the peloton. If this ride is too slow for you, ride with another group.

Also, if you are on the front and you're approaching a traffic signal, keep in mind that it's not just you who is going through the intersection, but as many as 40 people behind you. If the light turns yellow as you approach, you should stop if you have a safe enough margin to stop safely, or roll through if you can't. But whatever you decide to do, call it out immediately. The riders behind you don't have as clear a view as you do so it's important to call out what's going on. It doesn't do you any good to try to beat a yellow light if you know the group behind you has no chance of making it through together. You'll end up soft-pedaling until everyone is back on. With that being said, please note that it is every rider's responsibility to go through an intersection at their own discretion. Don't follow someone blindly through a traffic signal if it's red.

Will I get dropped? You might. But we try to avoid anyone getting left behind. That's why we always include our anticipated pace in the ride description. With a group as big as ours, it's hard to keep track of everyone. If you are new and you think you might get dropped, download the map to your Garmin or pick up a printed map at the ride start.

Is there SAG support? No, not really. You should be self-supported, but usually we'll all stop when someone has a problem.

Are time trial bikes allowed? Yes, but we ask people on TT bikes to stay out of their aero-bars when they are riding in our group. If you want to ride off the front or off the back, you are welcome to use your aero bars as long as you keep a safe distance away from the group.

I have a Garmin. How do I load the course files into it? If you have a Garmin EDGE 605 or 705, connect it to your computer with your USB cable. It should appear on your computer like a flash drive. From the ride page, download the course file to the Garmin>Courses folder (I find the .tcx file works best).   If you have a Garmin EDGE 500 or 800, follow the same steps as above, but download the files to the Garmin>NewFiles folder instead. For ealier Garmins (Edge 205, 305 and Forerunner series), you will need Garmin Training Center to load your files. This program is free and available from Garmin.