When I ride on the road with someone (in the country), I try to ride on his side, and then when a car comes, I pull back in. This way, we can talk and have more fun during the trip.
Sometimes, I don't have to time to do this, and I get honked, or overtaken really close (like to give me a lesson), and I feel that I'm not in my right to be side by side with another bike.
Anyway, the Swiss law seems to be on my side but I feel it can be subject to interpretation.
What do you think? What do you do in my situation?
Here are the rules written on the Swiss Touring Club (TCS) website:
Les cyclistes ne peuvent rouler côte à côte que dans certaines situations et pour autant que le trafic n’en soit pas gêné :
Groupes de plus de 10 personnes
Sur des itinéraires cyclables balisés ou des routes secondaires
Sur les pistes cyclables
Dans les zones de rencontre
Excepté dans les situations mentionnées ci-dessus, les cyclistes doivent rouler les uns derrière les autres.
Cyclists can travel side by side only in certain conditions, and if they don't disturb the traffic:
Groups of more than 10 people
On cycling itinerary and secondary roads1
On cycling lanes
In meetup zones
Except in the above situation, cyclists must ride one after another.
1:This is where the situation I'm describing takes place.
So as you see, it is subject to interpretation. What is a "secondary road"? What do they mean by "disturb the traffic"?