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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.”

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