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Ultimate way to communicate while riding, an offline walkie talkie app?

I find it super strange that there is no popular offline walkie talkie app for mobile devices. It could be really handy when you are biking with someone for a long distance! You could talk with your ...
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How to handle motorists' dangerous behaviour with an impassable group?

I rode in a Velowagen (1) with over 300 cyclists on the national bike route in Switzerland, while on a narrow countryside road a few cars began piling behind us and one of them started trying to pass ...
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How close do riders follow their wheel/attack

How close do peloton riders typically and strategically follow each other's wheel/attack? Also, how is this distance manipulated in order to allow for strategic movements or a more aerodynamic ride.
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Group riding etiquette

I generally ride alone. Recently while riding along at my normal pace, a very large group ride caught me. By large, I mean at least 50 riders. By virtue of the magic of drafting, by the time about ...
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What's the best way to shield a rider from the wind in a group (most aero position in the group)?

Yesterday I caught up with a much stronger rider who was struggling with an injury but really wanted to finish. Moral support aside, we tried to get him on my wheel on the flats (which happened to ...
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How to “fit in” a cycling bunch? [closed]

This is a genuine request for ideas on how to be effective in not following the "Velominati" rules. How to keep cyclists of all persuasions together and be accepting of others, from leadership to ...
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Is there a way to know if someone is drafting behind without turning your head back or trying to hear the noises?

In a group ride when I'm the one pulling, I often unknowingly leave my friends behind until I turn my head and see them in far distance, then I had to slow down. Is there a way to know that they are ...
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Resources for finding cycling partners [closed]

I'm currently preparing to cycle the TransAmerica Trail next year, but don't have anyone to go with yet. Although I've been cycling for a couple years now, I'm still quite unknowledgeable when it ...
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Waiting for Dropped Riders - Group Ride Etiquette

For most casual group rides I've ridden, there are points where the lead pack pauses to wait for dropped riders (usually at the top of climbs). When the last dropped rider has regrouped, the pack ...
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Cycling into tunnels with claustrophobic person

you are cycling in pair you may need to travel through tunnels (lenght can vary from few hundreds meter to about 7 kilometers) your travelmate is claustrophobic, therefore tunnels are a challenge for ...
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What are the benefits of joining a team/club and when to join?

This is probably a stupid question and the answer is more or less subjective, but when should you join a team or club? I've just started to take road cycling seriously and noticed on my rides there ...
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Fixie vs Road Bike - the right fixie bike for bunch rides

At our local bunch rides, we're seeing more and more guys out on fixies and they are going at a phenomenal pace. We have a local segment called the "Chicken Run" (and it's flat) and this one guy in an ...
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What benefits do bike clubs provide?

Some bike clubs charge annual dues or fees to join. What do I have to consider when determining whether to join a club? Any clear tell-tale signs to avoid? A more subjective question is: what is ...
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What is an “unreasonably short leave-pass”?

I'm reading "unwritten rules for calling a ride" and #4 mentions something about "unreasonably short leave-passes". What does that mean?
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It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?

On a recent Sunday ride on a country road, I was slowly overtaken by a group of (5) guys on road bikes. They were "proper" road cyclists, if you know what I mean. When they passed me, I just slipped ...
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How Can A Faster Rider Aid A Slower Rider On A Long Ride?

For the context of this question, two people are trying to get from point A to point B (and back) where the only viable means of transportation is bicycle (and a tandem bicycle / electric bicycles are ...
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Peer pressure in road cycling [closed]

Or how does one fall into the road cyclist prototype. I'm talking mainly technology obssesion, spandex wearing and clipless shoes. I start this thread because since riding in a group, I'm questioning ...
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1/3 Century or Metric Century?

Should I choose the 1/3 Century or Metric Century for my first organized, supported group ride? In one week I will participate in my first organized ride since buying my road bike in May. The longest ...
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Can disc brakes be considered safe for road group rides?

I know aero bars are considered unsafe for peloton, does this extend to disc brakes whose rotors can be hot and sharp? I'm not talking about races, just casual training rides: is it reasonably safe ...
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Cycling communities organized rides in Leipzig , Germany

in my country Dudes usually gather and make some Cycling groups , they usually organize rides during weekends periodically. i'm planning to spend some time in Leipzig, Germany this summer and i know ...
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Continuous Peloton

Is it possible on a short enough circuit with enough riders to create a peloton that extends all the way round the circuit. Even in a single line? Lets assume the riders have a professional level of ...
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How can I find a biking club that has a group for riding with kids in a trailer?

How can I find a biking club that has a group for riding with kids in a trailer? I prefer to ride in a group.
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What are the most highly attended US & International charity bicycle rides? [closed]

Yep, it's all right there in the title. Thx!
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Tips for participating in a large organized ride

Organized rides are popular and seem to be increasing in popularity around the world. The rides are usually charity and fundraising rides, and are generally supported in some fashion. Typically, the ...
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Outstanding Organized Rides

As an annual rite, I typically ride in one or more organized centuries and other organized rides. All of those rides usually have a name that exemplify the ride in some way. For example "The Chilly ...