Tips for Riders

• If you miss the 9:00 am 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 9:15 am.

• 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 9:30 am.

• 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-30s 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 9:45 am.

• 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 10:00 am.)

 The various groups re-assemble at Grandma's Oven in Oak Ridges at about 10:45 am for a "leisurely consumption" of the best cheese- or chocolate-danish anywhere, good coffee and/or cappuccino, and lots of conversation.

 At about 11:00 am, 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 (group) to attain speeds of 45-50 km/h.

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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. 

• 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.

You're on the side of the road with a bike tire flat. What is there to do but impress your friends with the ability to change a tire with no tools? Click to View:How to Change a Bike Tire

 • 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: January 29, 2017

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