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Old 03-28-2016, 12:27 PM   #21
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On my 250 I always rode at the back, if not as the sweeper. I didn't want to get in the way of the big bikes and slow them down. Now I'm on a big bike and ride in the back because I'm not comfortable on it yet. I was slow in the corners then, I'm slow in the corners now. Only difference is now I can actually catch up in the straights.
Im thinking of banning white VFR's from my rides...hehe...hiya boogie!!!
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Old 03-28-2016, 01:12 PM   #22
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Im thinking of banning white VFR's from my rides...hehe...hiya boogie!!!
I'll put the red tank from the 250 on it, you will never know its me. LOL
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Im thinking of banning white VFR's from my rides...hehe...hiya boogie!!!
Don't forget about cruisers! It's better to ban them than lose them in route. D'oh

lol I jest but I do hope those guys are alright.
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lol I jest but I do hope those guys are alright.
1st guy down was fine...2nd guy had broken kneecap but is doing fine...
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1st guy down was fine...2nd guy had broken kneecap but is doing fine...
That's good to hear. When I was t-boned I broke 2 toes, my clavicle, shattered my shoulder blade and broke a rib.
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That's good to hear. When I was t-boned I broke 2 toes, my clavicle, shattered my shoulder blade and broke a rib.
Ouch!!!....i ran off the road at 120mph...cracked the frame in 2 places...got up and walked off without a scratch...go figure...
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Here's an option... I've noticed you have a hand full of dedicated riders and some that know your routes pretty well. Out of the bunch, select 2 riders to keep the order of the ride. You can have sprinted riders up front, mildly sprint riders in the middle, and the cruisers/2-ups in the back. The 2 orderly riders will know your routes as well as you do and keep the sections moving to the desired resting points. This way, all types of riders can still show up on the days that fit their schedules and you can all ride at your own paces.
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Great idea flip...as long as we get someone who knows the route...lol
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Welcome to the cross road of being a ride leader. I had to start breaking mine up into 3 groups. It eventually all turns to .

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Great idea flip...as long as we get someone who knows the route...lol
When we have done big rides in the past, we haven't separated into individual groups. That said, the ride organically breaks up into a spirited, moderate, and slow group (or in some cases a BORC, spirited, and moderate group). We don't have assigned leaders for these subgroups but we always wait at the next turnoff. Sometimes the lead group is waiting there 5+ minutes, but no matter... The slower groups will see us and turn off. Your strategy could vary slightly by simply assigning a secondary group leader. Even if they aren't intimately familiar with the roads like you are, they will at least be looking for the fast group to meet up with.
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Welcome to the cross road of being a ride leader. I had to start breaking mine up into 3 groups. It eventually all turns to .
Teach me your ways...

Or at least, your routes.
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When we have done big rides in the past, we haven't separated into individual groups. That said, the ride organically breaks up into a spirited, moderate, and slow group (or in some cases a BORC, spirited, and moderate group). We don't have assigned leaders for these subgroups but we always wait at the next turnoff. Sometimes the lead group is waiting there 5+ minutes, but no matter... The slower groups will see us and turn off. Your strategy could vary slightly by simply assigning a secondary group leader. Even if they aren't intimately familiar with the roads like you are, they will at least be looking for the fast group to meet up with.
Thats what i think i will do...
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When we have done big rides in the past, we haven't separated into individual groups. That said, the ride organically breaks up into a spirited, moderate, and slow group (or in some cases a BORC, spirited, and moderate group). We don't have assigned leaders for these subgroups but we always wait at the next turnoff. Sometimes the lead group is waiting there 5+ minutes, but no matter... The slower groups will see us and turn off. Your strategy could vary slightly by simply assigning a secondary group leader. Even if they aren't intimately familiar with the roads like you are, they will at least be looking for the fast group to meet up with.

So now your spirited group is waiting at a stop sign for a trooper.

The spirited group blows up the road so people start calling. Now your noob group gets pulled over and hasseled by the man.

We broke the ride into groups. Hang out and meet up at gas stations and lunch. On the route ride your own ride.

It is a fine line. Eventually, I found a group of people I trust with my life and i know their riding. It is way more comfortable than riding with 40 strangers. We get the ride done in half the time and i haven't had to stand in a ditch for 4 hours yet.

I appreciate and know the effort it takes to put these things together, especially every week.

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So now your spirited group is waiting at a stop sign for a trooper.

The spirited group blows up the road so people start calling. Now your noob group gets pulled over and hasseled by the man.

We broke the ride into groups. Hang out and meet up at gas stations and lunch. On the route ride your own ride.

It is a fine line. Eventually, I found a group of people I trust with my life and i know their riding. It is way more comfortable than riding with 40 strangers. We get the ride done in half the time and i haven't had to stand in a ditch for 4 hours yet.

I appreciate and know the effort it takes to put these things together, especially every week.

Good luck.
Good point. Just think of the noob group as bait. After all, they're probably doing at or close to the speed limit anyway.

Seriously though, I'm not sure how I could possibly ride with so many randoms. It's one thing if someone you know as a good rider invites his friend that he knows as a good rider. That guy probably probably has at least half a brain. But when you post a public ride and you get people from Houston Bike Nights showing up? Almost every time I've been on a ride with randoms like that, we've been going at a snoozeville pace and someone still manages to wind up in a ditch.
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Maybe i should retire from posting rides and just PM people to come out...
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Make a facebook group. Allow people to invite their friends to your rides. When someone shows up and rides a good ride, add them. Done This way you at least avoid getting total randoms. It's also how I've met most of the people that I ride with.
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do you even know how or why Brad went down? it couldve been anything.
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stop being so sensitive.

do you even know how or why Brad went down? it couldve been anything.
Yes i do know why he went down..our general riding style almost always end up being a pretty good pace if we have a few good riders...its hard for me to control myself knowing that...so either i make a newbie, beginner or cruiser ride knowing i have to go slow or the opposite for spirited group...cant mix them...dont work for me...
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