Tips for Riders

• If you miss the 9H00 starting time at Eglinton and Laird (north-west corner by Starbucks coffee shop!), the group passes by the Bayview subway station on the Sheppard Line at about 9H15

• Many riders from the “north" meet at the Petro Canada gas station at Yonge Street and Crestwood Rd. (just north of Steeles Ave.) The ride picks them up about 9H30.

• In-city, speeds are fairly low, but as the pack builds it becomes large enough to essentially safely "ignore" traffic lights/signals and settle into a steady mid-30 km/h.

• Once the ride exits the city, around Highway 7 and Highway 407, the speed quickly picks up into the high 40+ km/h.

Sometimes, a final group ("the Italians" and others), mostly from the western side of the city, joins at the corner of Langstaff Road and Keele Street, at about 9H45.

• The pack normally starts to split up on Keele Street, where a series of rolling hills drops the slower riders, who form their own bunches to continue. (The groups pass by Major Mackenzie Drive West and Keele Street intersection at about 10H00.)

Those who feel (are?) younger and/or more adventurous, turn left (west) at Teston Road then north at Jane Street for a further 20-30 km ride before turning south toward Oak Ridges.

 The various groups re-assemble at Grandma's Oven in Oak Ridges at about 10H45 for a "leisurely consumption" of the best cheese- or chocolate-danish anywhere, good coffee and/or cappuccino, and lots of conversation.

 At about 11H00, the group starts its return trip. It's easier to hang in with the group on the return portion of the ride, which is downhill and frequently has a tailwind – allowing the péloton to attain speeds of 45-50 km/h.


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 Why Is Riding with a “Cyclist Mentality” Dangerous?
Robert WilhtehRoadBikeRider.com (August and September 2020)
Long time American coach shares his “realities” based on years of riding and coaching.
Part 1 ; Part 2 . 

• John Allen has an excellent on-line tutorial called Bicycling Street Smarts

• John Forester’s book Effective Cycling explains how to ride in all kinds of conditions: on congested city streets, busy highways, winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It also goes into detail about how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner.

• The League of American Bicyclists has an excellent set of Smart Cycling Videos.

What Should Be in a Seat Bag? Should you carry nothing, a spare tube and tire levers, or an entire mobile bike workshop?

Washing Instructions Cycling garments are too expensive to be ruined in the wash. Follow these instructions to ensure your kit(s) stay(s) fresh and colourful a long time.

Read Group Ride Etiquette (velonews.com, Feb. 7, 2016) for a refreshing look on how to behave in a group ride and the legal ramifications of acting like a fool. 

 Bicycle Riding Safely in a Group.  A quick reminder/review of how to best riding in a group safely.(.pdf)

• What to do if you’re are hit? Get informed, read: What to do if you’re hit by a car? (Bob Mionske, velonews.com, September 1, 2015)

• Consult also Advance Group Riding Primer in the Articles section of this site for a comprehensive discussion on becoming a better bicycle rider.

 • We can all use a reminder from time to time of all the intricacies that add up to safe, fun road riding. So, read Paceline Rules to Remember for a re-fresher course.

• 29 Pro Cycling Secrets for ROADIES an e-book published by RoadBikeRider.com.

 • Top 5 Tips When Riding in a Group. A quick discussion of five crucial actions that all road riders should remember and follow when riding in a group. 

 • Cold and wet weather in winter makes cycling more difficult to do. Dr. Wiroth gives you advice on how to continue your training in other disciplines so that you can easily get back in the saddle in the spring.

Updated: July 18, 2020

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