Ever wondered why cyclists ride two abreast

Bravo. Where's Wexford?
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
"...It's best practice to cycle two abreast." Not exactly, cos if one has an off he'll likely take the other with him. T'is why why teach them to ride staggered rather than parallel, with the outer bike back by about half a length. If the outer rider loses it the inner one will be ok. If the inner one starts to go the outer will be more likely to spot what's about to happen and avoid the oncoming grief.

Apart from that pickiest of niggles fair play to them.
 
Well, God bless 'em.

Why don't cyclists crowd fund similar for England?

"We're NOT trying to delay you, we're staying out of the gutter/doorzone/riding so we can be seen".
 

J1780

Well-Known Member
About time. The amount of idiots who whinge about cyclists riding two abreast here now have an offical video from and county council backing up our claims that its actually for safety.
 

J1780

Well-Known Member
"...It's best practice to cycle two abreast." Not exactly, cos if one has an off he'll likely take the other with him. T'is why why teach them to ride staggered rather than parallel, with the outer bike back by about half a length. If the outer rider loses it the inner one will be ok. If the inner one starts to go the outer will be more likely to spot what's about to happen and avoid the oncoming grief.

Apart from that pickiest of niggles fair play to them.
I'd wonder about that. Riding in a group two abreast if one of them looses it its going to result in an accident end of its not about the inner or outer rider but the ones in front and behind too. Half a bike length is plenty to take a wheel out which is all it takes.
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Well, God bless 'em.

Why don't cyclists crowd fund similar for England?

"We're NOT trying to delay you, we're staying out of the gutter/doorzone/riding so we can be seen".
Person behind it has been plugging away for over a year with this. The fact that one County Council is now backing his campaign may lead to others following.
Official sites seem to be city based only, cyclingwise. His is looking at a nationwide problem.
 

T.M.H.N.E.T

Disc brakes - Stopping things since 1902
Location
Northern Ireland
"...It's best practice to cycle two abreast." Not exactly, cos if one has an off he'll likely take the other with him. T'is why why teach them to ride staggered rather than parallel, with the outer bike back by about half a length. If the outer rider loses it the inner one will be ok. If the inner one starts to go the outer will be more likely to spot what's about to happen and avoid the oncoming grief.

Apart from that pickiest of niggles fair play to them.
That's called half wheeling and is highly frowned upon. A crash in a bunch is a crash at the end of the day, there are other ways to minimise that risk.
 

T.M.H.N.E.T

Disc brakes - Stopping things since 1902
Location
Northern Ireland
I always thought half wheeling was your front wheel to the side of the guy in front rear wheel.
That's overlapping and a touch of half wheeling which should never be done. Front wheels in rear derailleurs do not mix amicably




Half wheeling in an "up and over"/ double paceline whatver the term used is riding in front of the rider to your left when at the front of the group. The front left rider being responsible for setting the pace by riding ahead of them you force the speed up incrementally.

 
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