You Should Know
How to be nicer to other riders on your next ride. Plus: should you ride when the wind’s pumping? Bicycling staffers share their point of view.
GET UP EARLY. Like, dawn-patrol early. “I know a lot of people who have to ride before work,” says writer Selene Yeager, “so I set the alarm for an ungodly hour and join them. They’re always grateful for the company.” Have a spare bomb lying around? Keep it on you. “I’ve given my fair share of CO2 bombs and tubes to stranded riders, it’s always a good feeling,” says online editor Aaron Borrill. Deputy editor Jonathan Ancer adds: “If you have a secret trail or patch of singletrack, share the discovery.” If you’re on a social ride, managing editor Dave Buchanan offers this advice: “Carry extra coffee money. Someone’s bound to forget, and someone will do the same for you one day.” Off the bike, “Always ask a rider who has punctured if they’re alright,” says editor in chief Mike Finch, “and help them if they need it, or if they look panicky.” Associate editor André Valentine closes with: “Carry an extra pack of jellies or an energy bar. You never know who could be bonking out there.”