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5 Good Habits Every Road Cyclist Should Have

5 Good Habits Every Road Cyclist Should Have

– Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a more respectable cyclist? – Well, here are our top good habits that you should try to stick to. (intense upbeat music) – In general, littering is a
pretty unpleasant thing to do. And it’s especially bad when you’re out in the countryside on your bike. – Yeah, there’s something
just a little bit upsetting about seeing empty bar or gel wrappers all over your favorite roads. I know we watched the pros today but it’s not fair to copy them, plus, they have a team of people behind the race,
especially for cleaning up. – Yeah, but actually it’s now against the rules in most races to drop litter except in
a designated waste area. So, it’s definitely
not pro to drop litter. – So, you never want to see that, favorite training roads and the
uplifting like rubbish tips. So once you’re done with that gel, make you sure you pop
it back in your pocket ’cause there’s plenty of room before so there’ll be room after. (intense upbeat music) When I first started cycling, I didn’t have a clue what to do. I didn’t know what food to bring, what drinks to bring,
what clothes to wear, I couldn’t fix a puncture, and I got pushed home
nearly every Saturday. And I imagine it was a similar story for a few of you, too. – I was lucky enough to be helped out by some really kind experienced cyclists who basically taught
me how to ride a bike. So, I think it’s really important to report on what we’ve learned to the next generation of cyclists. – [Cyclist On Red Bike] Dig in. – You all right?
– Thanks, guys. – Brilliant first effort. – Yeah.
– It’s a fight when the ride gets hard. – It is hard, but it’s worth it. And there’s only like
five minutes to the cafe and they do a really good cappuccino. (intense upbeat music) It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to someone else, does it? When I’m out on my bike, I always like to say hi to other cyclists that I meet and when
cyclists don’t say hi back, I think, well, are you not having any fun? – Why not just spread a little love? Wave to people you see
out on their road bikes, their mountain bikes, families
on their tandem bikes, even people in their gardens. It doesn’t hurt. It’s not gonna cost you anything. But you might just brighten
up somebody’s day a little. (intense upbeat music) – Now, we’re not saying you need to be able to
fix absolutely everything that could go wrong on your bike. There’s always some things that you’re gonna have to take to a bike shop, for example, pressing bearings into your frame. – Yeah, but we do think it’s a good idea if you’re able to fix most
roadside problems yourself. I mean, if you’re out
riding with other people, you can probably ask them to help you out once or twice, but don’t be that person that’s always borrowing inner tubes or asking somebody else
to fix your puncture. – Emma, here, tire’s done. – Aw, thanks. – This one only applies
on group rides, obviously, but it’s a really, really
important habit to know. – Yes, because failing
to point out potholes are best causes of
discomfort and annoyance to the riders behind you, and at worst, it can lead to punctures and crashes. – Now there are a few good ways to point out potholes, but the best one is definitely shouting hole and shouting and pointing
at the same time. (intense upbeat music) – So, if you’ve got any good habits that you’d like to share with us, please leave them in the comments below. – If you like this video, give us a thumbs up and
click subscribe below. – And check out this video here, some bad habits.

100 comments on “5 Good Habits Every Road Cyclist Should Have

  1. Regarding waving to fellow cyclists, I don't do it, as it's hilarious seeing fellow cyclists waving at you only for you to ignore them 😉😉 so yes you can have fun by not waving

  2. Good habit. Stop at stop signs. It’s a workout after all — accelerating back up to speed after stopping makes you stronger.

  3. Should be obvious, but: slow down and ask if any help is needed if you see other cyclists (or really: anyone at all) in any kind of trouble (mechanical or otherwise).

    And yes, definitely #sayhello! Seems to fall increasingly out of fashion. Which is a real shame.

  4. “On your left” (or “right” in the UK) when passing. The greater the speed differential the more important it is.

  5. I ride in Barnsley. When they see a hole they shout "Oyle" and before you figured out what they said you've hit a hole!

  6. Im very big on respecting all the other path users. I live near a very busy beach front promenade and get very annoyed at other cyclists who ride too fast in this area. The cycle path is for both cyclists and pedestrians and in summer gets very busy with lots of small children playing and learning to ride bikes. So if I cant smash my PB then so be it. I'm happy to slow down.

  7. "Car up and Car down.." Best way to remember is Car coming from behind is "Car up" as in car coming up your arse and "Car down" is car coming towards you.. Car down your throat. Doesn't matter if your climbing or depending.

  8. One thing that always annoys me out riding is when cyclists don't say hi, wave or nod back or even look away when you wave at them

  9. When riding on a path shared with pedestrians or casual riders, use a bell to warn people you're approaching, then cheerfully greet them as you pass. Makes the whole interaction a lot nicer.

  10. I think something things regarding cars would be good. I always give a thumbs up or wave to drivers I've held up and they've held back. Also on twisty roads and someone's behind you waiting, if you can see around the corner and it's clear and safe, wave them past. Though it often doesn't feel like it, we share the roads so it doesn't hurt to be friendly out there to the majority who don't put us at risk.

  11. If you see a fellow rider stopped looking at their bike, slow down and ask them if they need help, don’t just blow by them. And as stated above, call it out when passing someone!!!!!!

  12. Maybe it sounds too obvious, but during group rides is important to ride your line, some people get too nervous or are too distracted and ride in some zigzagging way, this can lead to pretty dangerous situations to the people in the group.

  13. Slow down near pedestrians walking their dogs, cuz they tend to play with you or protect their owner hence may get their paw in between the spokes or in drivetrain. I have an experience and a few big bruises after such an accident.

  14. When riding in group, our practice is the lead will warn upcoming potential hazards (hole, car stop, red lights, oncoming bike etc) by shouting and the group will echo/relay it back. Occasionally look behind to know where your mates are is also good

  15. I found this list from Bike New York to be particularly useful:
    Be predictable
    Be visible
    Be alert
    Be courteous
    Be assertive

  16. Would be nice for mamils to pass slower lady/inexperienced/intimidated riders with some distance. Happens way too often on Beach Rd in Melb Au. Almost without exception there’s a 40+ year old fart in the middle of the group nearly clipping the rider they pass going 7kmh slower. I’m not too fussed, but not-so-confident riders do find it intimidating and scary. Don’t be a d**k.

  17. I had to stop cycling for 15 years, and being back in decent form at 59, makes me grin and smile all the time. I wave to people, cyclists, and strangely enough, folks mowing their lawns. I tell them their grass looks great. Anyways, most cyclists wave or nod their heads back, I always appreciate that. But I've been noticing that the younger generation up to 35 don't even notice the effort, they look completely self absorbed. Also the older folks who take their training way too seriously, seem too busy to stop scowling( I call them bike douchebags). But hé, I'm still smiling.

  18. It's funny these blokes are out of breath when they talk, while the original presenters never had that problem.

  19. I've noticed many riders refuse to wave or head nod, I think its common courtesy to do so and rude not to. I've also noticed that if I stop for a break or to change a flat and a rider passes, they almost always ask if everything is alright. I've never needed the assistance, but you never know when you will. Probably a good idea to be courteous to the people most likely to help you out if you needed it.

  20. Emma's blue ombre Trek is lovely.
    Dear Bike Companies, Please offer Men's bike frames in MORE than just black, white, or red.

  21. Feedback: I think the audio (voice) clarity in this video is not as good as the others. Maybe it's just me, but I'm not a native English speaker and have +5% difficulty listening, so it matters more to me.

  22. I hate having a sticky Jersey from eating a gu and putting the waste in my back pocket. One helpful tip is to put it in the leg of your bike shorts open end out. You leg will get sticky but it will save your tools and other things from becoming sticky with some sugary substance!

  23. 1. Let the person you are about to overtake know with a friendly "on your right (insert chosen slang term for friend here)". 2. Let the person who's just overtaken you know that your sitting on with a friendly "mind if I tag along for a bit". 3. Don't be that guy who thinks I've just taken you, so now I shall punish you with a massive rate for the next 300m only to blow up and end up sat on needing a tow, it isn't a race, the other rider is out to enjoy themselves too. 4. Don't take a risk just to stay in front, i.e. run a light, cut a corner, shoot across a junction without looking etc. basically, don't be a dick, it isn't a race. (note, a pair of riders is typically faster than a single rider, working together to overthrough a single rider isn't really all that impressive, especially when comment 2 and 3 above is what actually happens.

  24. It's a strange dynamic that moment when you pass another cyclist, wondering whether or not they will say 'Hi' or wave a hand at you. Too many times I've greeted a rider only to be ignored, so these days I merely nod slightly and so at least I haven't invested too much in the encounter if the other rider chooses to be ignorant.

  25. I really have to disagree with number 1, as i carry bananas/dates as my fuel, I always throw them to the ground, it's organic and will decompose, ofc it's better to bury them, but they are more or less no different from leaves

  26. If a vehicle driver does you the courtesy of not trying to kill you by, eg, giving you lots of space, waiting to overtake or letting you get past a junction, say thanks 🙂

  27. saying hello must be one of those habits that gets forgotten about the further you ride…i say hello to everyone i see from people cutting their grass, to dog walkers, runners and other cyclists. the only people that more often than not that do not wave back are those who ride 100+ that day (after checking the flybys on strava)

  28. #askgcn #torqueback May I know what is the Trek bike that Emma is riding and what are the specs on that? Really like the look of the bike and maybe consider a gift for my wife. Thanks!

  29. Should your chain be rubbing the front derailer while riding? Even if the gears are indexed? #AskGCNanything

  30. As a car driver and a bike rider (albeit new) I really appreciate it when a rider thanks me for holding onto my car so they don't have to unclip at lights etc.

  31. I have the habit of stopping if I see somebody on the side road with their bike having issues to check if they have everything they need or offer my help fixing their bike.

  32. Shout something like "on your right" or even just cover off the waving with a "hi" if you are planning to pass someone you are not with. Much as I love getting buzzed by pacelines, one of these days I am going to bring them down while I am going for a gel or bottle

  33. When I ride local, I try to collect smiles by greeting all with a cheery good morning and a smile. Its amazing how many beautiful smiles I get in return but not always. Some people are sad and miserable, even riding a bike. I always slow down and ask if help is needed when I encounter a cyclist on the side of the road. Have been able to lend a hand or tool numerous times.

  34. Helpful tip yell out what side you are going to pass slower riders or walkers on and return a thank you once you do complete the pass.

  35. I like to say hi when riding but am often disappointed, particularly when it comes down to the kit I have. Let's take just one rider type in rural Oxfordshire, the lycra-clad roadie, ie most of us here.
    Me – Lycra and road bike – mostly acknowledged when I say Hi
    Me – Shorts and MTB – mostly ignored
    Me – E-bike – totally ignored 🙁
    To me, it's a real shame why can't we be nice regardless.

  36. Not passing too close in silience. I spend more time being overtaken so class myself as an expert, it really helps me if I hear a comment from behind just to give me a bit of warning and I'll always try to keep a line.

    There you are on the climb and ahead is a lard arse going slowly (me) and for some it seems to be a competion to sneak past really close. Is there a reason why?

    BTW if you are the rider who shouted at me for my wobble as you went past, learn to give people room. I would have said at the time but no breath. Conversely the kind female riding behind, thanks for the encouragement I did try to say thanks, honest and it did help, just so little breath at the time.

  37. Whilst on a group ride and passing others I like to say in the most calm and relaxed voice, "Good Morning." This accomplishes and signifies several things. Sometimes I say it in a cheerful friendly manner. Either way I often get a return greeting. When getting passed by cyclist who do not announce themselves I greet them with: "Good Morning" but seem to get fewer replies.

  38. thanks for your videos! always a pleasure to watch 🙂
    as many have stated already: how hard can it be to be nice to others? we're not alone on the road, so respect for everyone is key, i think.
    for me, that includes watching myself ride from an "outside" perspective. for example, i try to think like the driver of the car behind me…
    can i do something to make life easier and thus safer for both of us? like giving a signal when it's safe to overtake me, or maybe even stopping
    to let them pass on narrow roads… yes, i know, that ruins those KOM runs, but getting home safe is more important to me.

  39. thanks to this channel i finally got the confidence to ride on the road, and today i did 20 miles!! that might not sound like much and unimpressive to some here but i only started cycling last week and i could barely do 2 miles without being out of breath. so today has been a good day for me 🙂 (when i say 20 miles though it was 10 miles, coffee/food, then another 10 miles..just being honest)

    however.. i REFUSE to dress up in those clothes 😛 i wear normal people clothes and i don't see car drivers wearing helmets yet there are more car deaths than there are bicycle deaths so fug that. i suppose i'm more like a nederlander-style bicyclist. those old guys you see in lycra and aerodynamic helmets omg?? zooming around the roads arrogantly they're the kind that fart in wine glasses to smell and enjoy their own scent. they put so many people off cycling. they did me until i got into this channel, you guys aren't so bad 😉 but i passed a couple today and if you smile or say hi or wave they just ignore you or blank you or just pull a face. well sorry i'm not smelling my own farts out of a wine glass to fit in with you mr lycra.

    i just enjoy strolling along enjoying cycling, the scenery, the journey. it's all beautiful.

  40. Added habit/behavior: Be coachable. If you make a mistake or someone gives you advice, take it and learn. No one likes to give a defensive person advice.

  41. Don't jump red lights. You are a part of traffic and you should earn the respect you demand from others on the road.
    I hate this on our group rides, every time the same people…

  42. Co-operate with cars. For example not riding two abreast on a narrow road where there are curves or few passing opportunities. Not allowing drivers to pass just leads to the drivers trying to overtake in stupid places, even if that is their fault in the end it is better to avoid the situation and wave the drivers past when you can see it is clear ahead. That usually gets a friendly toot and flash of the hazards as a thank you here in France at least.

  43. Hi, I get really annoyed when you’re on a group ride in wet conditions and people haven’t bothered to put mudguards on. It’s really disrespectful for folks to spray others with water full of dirt, mud, oil, horse poo, cow poo etc.

  44. One that I learnt on races in South Africa – when approaching an obstruction of some kind, e.g. A parked car, a slower cyclist, or whatever, pat your hip on that side and then use the same hand to wave/point in the direction you're moving to go around it so the cyclist behind you knows something's there and a move to the left or right is coming to avoid it – so obstacle on the left, pat the left hip and then wave or point to the right with the left hand.

  45. Slow down and be prepared to stop when approaching horse and rider. Pass them wide and slow and do not shoot off as soon as you pass.

  46. Always a good one to cover. Do like to say hello, little wave 👋🏻 or head nod is always nice. Definitely worth being the one with the pump or spare co2 canister. Always good! Gonna watch out for you guys doing this from here on in any GCN videos! 😛

  47. stop if you see somebody in need of assistance …. but that does not only apply to bikers i guess ^^

  48. I'd imagine if you took a nice clean bike to your LBS the mechanic who works on it will do so with more care and diligence than a bike thats got not been cleaned recently? Just a thought…

  49. Shouting "Clear" at a give way/yield sign when in a group or even to a random cyclist behind you is good etiquette. maintains the flow and causes far less of a slinky effect.

  50. Who the f are those ? 🙁 … used to watch gcn when I was riding 2 years ago… took a break and started riding again, so … I remembered , hey… I love gcn… let's se it again and when I click the video I see all this new faces… not fun , NOT FUN … looking for another cycling show

  51. Sadly, you and me are different subspecies of non-motorized-vehicle users. I use my wheels to get from point A to point B, not to waste time and energy on climbing hills and lose money on ridiculously overpriced parts (thanks for raising prices of parts for my bicycle, ass hats) and stylish skinsuits (trying to say something by it?).

  52. I was in a sportive last month riding in a chain gang and there was a some slow moving traffic we cought up with they were shouting down the line FORWARD some everyone was slowing and looking ahead or T junction CLEAR 😊👍

  53. whenever I see a little kid riding a bike, I always say 'cool bike!' or something to that effect. It puts a huge smile on their face, and makes them feel like part of the pack.

  54. Acknowledge drivers who give you a proper/decent amount of clearance when they pass you… in a friendly, positive way. Too many only 'acknowledge' them when they don't!

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