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Old 07-24-2007, 07:48 AM   #21
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make your way up front, and do what it takes to stay there. otherwise, people will think youre a sissy.
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:37 AM   #22
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ride your own pace. find someone that will help u out. show u the general rules: hand sign for cops...etc... stagger formation. before the ride check out your bike, air pressure, chain..etc... wear good gear, then have fun. theres nothing u have to prove. just ride for fun.

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Old 07-24-2007, 09:29 AM   #23
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Find a group of folks that ride the way you want to ride.

I've ridden with a few different folks and have a group now that I am very happy with and we are good friends too.

We know how we ride, we ride at the same pace and if the leaders are a bit faster, they wait at turns and stop signs. We don't ride the freeways but usually take a stroll out into the country and try to get some twisties in and just see some green stuff with great lunches out in timbucktu.

Just find what fits you. There are many different groups of riders (small, larger, organized and not organized, friends and strangers) that you'll eventually find the group that is for you.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:25 AM   #24
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I agree with "RIDE YOUR RIDE"!!! I'm pretty new to riding, and I've gone riding with people at my pace and I've gone riding with people that take twisty turns at 120mph ... I just ride my ride, and don't push myself further than what I know I can handle ... and those point guys that get to the stopping point a couple of minutes ahead of you, shouldn't and usually are not upset! if they do get ... don't ride with then again! that simple!

what part of town do you live in ... I'm always looking for guys that like to cruise at a moderate pace!
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:25 AM   #25
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I like Patricks groups rules of staying under 100. I admit I have gone a bit past that, but in groups it is just not worth it on the street.

Find a group that rides at YOUR pace and then you can enjoy it, instead of trying to go faster or slower and getting in bad situations.
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I like Patrick's rules also...except for the speed. That completely depends on weather, road conditions, traffic & just like real estate: location, location, location. If your gonna go fast, do it where you won't take anybody else out if you screw up. Head out to country where you'll have lots of grass on both sides as a buffer zone. Weaving in & out of traffic on the interstate with concrete barriers on both sides isn't wise....
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..... I've gone riding with people that take twisty turns at 120mph ... .
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:34 PM   #28
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I like Patrick's rules also...except for the speed. Head out to country where you'll have lots of grass on both sides as a buffer zone. Weaving in & out of traffic on the interstate with concrete barriers on both sides isn't wise....

99% of the peeps talking about group rides are going out to the country. You won't find too many (other than the PP1 Allen Raceway crowd) that want to run a group around the interstate or inner loop....
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Old 07-25-2007, 05:36 PM   #29
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just like what people have mentioned. 1.) ride at your own pace. who cares if someone says whats taking you so long. you shouldn't have to feel like you gotta stay up with everyone. safety is important.
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I'm on the south side lets go ride, I don't like to go over 70, honestly. I have one bike that doesn't like to go over 70, and a girfriend that doesn't want to go under 70! Once you ride with a group once, you'll find out if the group is at your pace, of if there are ppl in the group that are at your pace. And don't linger too much on the "ride within your limits" stuff - - RIDE AT A PACE THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND IN TOTAL CONTROL OF YOUR BIKE. I do stupid stuff like wheelies sometimes, but I contest as similar the the "100 MPH rule" - there is a time and a place for that and city streets and highways are not the place. and please always remember all the cars are out to KILL you on the highways.
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Old 07-27-2007, 11:39 PM   #31
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use your judgement

if you cant keep up or feel uneasy, take an exit and meet up with everyone later. youre only going to dig the hole deeper when you ride scared.

few tips ive picked up
-hold your line, dont stray from your lane position, you never know whos coming up quick
-use your signals!!! even if youre moving from one side of the lane to the other, signal. flash your brake lights when slowing, even just by a few mph
-check your blind spots...enough said
-make sure youre legit, nobody likes a ride downtown in a police cruiser
-if you arent legit, be prepared to twist it (you know what i mean)
-assume nobody knows youre there, so dont get yourself in a sticky situation
-clutch it up, the preffered method by hot babes across the country
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Old 07-28-2007, 12:23 AM   #32
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Use your own brain and ride at a pace that is comfortable to you. Not every group or everyone is going to fit your riding needs. So take your time and figure out what kind of group is best for you.
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Old 07-28-2007, 12:53 AM   #33
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all bullshitting aside, no matter what group you ride with, chances are there are going to be those that like to ride fast. thats fine with me, do your thing is what i say. we always have our designated spots to stop. me personally, im usually in the middle or the back of the pack, depending on how fast the group is as a whole. thats where my comfort zone is.
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Hmmmmm......

So your comfort zone is in the back?

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Hmmmmm......

So your comfort zone is in the back?

whoah there pilgrim! dont project your tendencies onto me!
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