- Don’t be savior. You’ll be hated, ridiculed and, if you ever happen to roll up late for a ride, dismissed as a hypocrite. Instead, work behind the scenes to inspire someone else to take on this onerous role.
- Use an impartial source of signal to roll out. Take a survey of everyone’s bike computers and you’re likely to find clocks that vary by as much as six or seven minutes. Leave at noon by your clock, and someone will roll up to an empty parking lot two minutes later at 11:58 by their clock. Alarm Clock / Cell Phone are good options.
- If your routes vary, try to let everyone know what ride you’re doing – that gives the no – account, latecoming losers a chance to shortcut the route and catch the group, or chase on.
- Make it a policy that the ride will start out slow enough to allow the trady to chase on. This will ensures that you do an actual warmup instead of sprinting out of a parking lot.
- Exchange mobile numbers amoung ragulars.
- Cajole a few of the stronger riders into playing domestique for the chasers. This let the ride keep rolling while giving a harder workout to the best cyclists and eventually bringing the entire pack together.
- If you show up needing a repair, you’re on your own. The group can’t sacrifice itself for the one guy habitually has a flat or a wobbly wheel.
- NEVER, EVER, LEAVE YOUR SPOUSE BEHIND.