Your Biking Guide

Rules of the roads

  • Always wear a correctly  adjusted helmets
  • Always ride at the speed you are comfortable with
  • Do not  over do it or ride beyond your abilities as accidents are not fun. If stretches are too technical for you. It is better to walk than fall.
  • Always ride with at least one another person in case of difficulty
  • Give each of other plenty of space the tracks – nothing is worse than a file up.
  • The person infront  has right of way anh may not be aware of what a person behind doing, so if you overtaking, let the person in front of you know which side you passing on.
  • Always stop at Junctions, unless specifically told not  to by the guide
  • If in doubt as to the route, stop and wait for the rest of the group and tour leader
  • If you get lost, go back to the last place where you were sure you saw other group members and wait them where we will find you.
  • In general,  the leader rides at or near  the back of the group, and the supported vehicles ( where applicable) are right at the back. With two guides one will be towards the front, one at the back
  • For safety, always know the final destination for each day, alway carry some money and emergency number
  • Drink plenty of water and take some energy bars incase you get hungry between meals.
  • Dogs: dont try to race off. Stop normally enough to frighten the dogs aways, get off your bike  kneeling between you and the dog and pretend  to througha stone and throw one if you have to.

On the bikes

  • Set up your bike properly ( saddle height…) and carry out basic safety check
  • Particularly the brakes, beforeyou riding each day if in doubt ask your guide
  • Concentrate on the track in front of you and resist waving to local whilst riding as this is frequent cause accidents. If you want to enjoy of the view, it’s safiest to stop
  • Used the gear frequently to maintain a comfortable  and constant peddalling rate
  • Lower gears ( easier)  and higher  revolutions are sustainable for a longer period than a slow revs in a highe gear.
  • Anticipate gear changes, especially when the track start going  up hill or  approaching an obtacle, dont try and change the gear half way up a hill whenr you can no longer pedal. It doesnt work.
  • Be aware of the position of your feet when going around corners: on a right hand bend, have your left foot  down, and on the lelf  hand bend have your right  foot down. This dramatically increases your traction  and corner control
  • Be a ware of your body position and how to alter it for maximum stability,  eg.. Moving you behind off the back of the seat and gripping your seat between your legs on steep down hill sections maintains stability, improve  braking control and prevent you from over the bars.
  • Use the both brakes simultaneously, control your speed by letting them on  and off frequently rather than holding them  on all the times ( this  puts less strain on your hands / wrist and will stop skidding)
  • Braking whilst cornering requires skill brake before corner not in them unless you know howl.
  • In soft sand and loose gravel, change down a gear , move your weight back and keep pedalling going  a straight  line to avoid loosing steering control.
  • Be lelax: the bike will find its way over most obstacles. If you let it.  A relaxed upper body will reduce fatigue and the likelihood of falling off.
  • Where possible try  and help other members of the group – teamwork get you there faster
  • If hiring a bike, bring your own  saddle from your home if you have a comfortable one.

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