Ladies and gentlemen, Cycling Weekly presents the list of how to win friends and influence people from the comfort of your own saddle

This week, Country Life magazine posted its list of the 39 steps to being the perfect gentleman and it got us thinking whether such rules of etiquette and politeness could be applied to cycling.

Cycling etiquette is a much debated topic, with ‘the rules’ sometimes taking precedence over ‘the polite thing to do’.

So, to take a leaf out of Country Life’s book, here are Cycling Weekly’s 29 ways of winning friends on your rides, but unlike their list there’s less tweed and more lycra…

The modern-day cyclist: 
1. Waves/nods/says hello to fellow riders on the road
2. Doesn’t jump red lights
3. Wears a cycling cap with style both on and off the bike
4. Says thanks to patient drivers
5. Always knows where they are
6. Knows when to give ‘kudos’
7. Is as happy to pootle as they are to smash it
8. Has a bike for all occasions
9. Always orders cake
10. Never cycles too fast for their companions
11. Can fix a slipped chain in seconds
12. Demonstrates that a club run is not a race, nor a competition
13. Offers spare inner tubes
14. Feels at ease on all terrains
15. Is always on time for a ride
16. Points out hazards to fellow riders
17. Never questions another rider’s set up
18. Doesn’t sneer at an inferior rider
19. Can change a puncture with minimal fuss
20. Doesn’t always buy expensive kit
21. Knows how to wash a bike properly
22. Offers mechanical assistance
23. Never precedes a ride with a swim
24. Never follows a ride with a run
25. Lets someone sit on their wheel all day
26. Knows a great café stop, no matter where you’re riding
27. Memorises the route, so others don’t have to
28. Knows not to half-wheel
29. Would never accept a squeaky chain

Any we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Callum Burnett

    I don’t wave/nod/say hello to fellow riders on the road if they’re not wearing a helmet

  • J1

    7. Is as happy to pootle as they are to smash it
    10. Never cycles too fast for their companions
    12. Demonstrates that a club run is not a race, nor a competition

    We have ride leaders who don’t adhere to these rules, that they themselves set out. A good way to alienate people, create tension in the group and damage the cohesiveness as a whole.

    O/T, but riders who go on “recovery” rides which are 1 mph slower than their all out effort….and they’re not even wearing a HRM or power meter to gauge that effort…Zone 4 is not recovery! But that’s a rant for another day.

  • Jon Ausman

    Rides back with someone who crashed so they are not alone.

  • ridein

    Doesn’t suck wheels ALL the time.
    Doesn’t trash talk about other riders.
    Keeps their racist bias to themselves.
    Has a few ideas on new routes.
    Doesn’t overlap wheels on group rides.

  • Gary Jogela

    I could only dream of being all of the above.

  • Bruno Kabbaz

    hahaha very good, I’d still add “Offers gels and water to friends who have hit the bonkers” and “lend bike maintenance tools for friends when asked”

  • Stevo

    What is a “slipped chain”? My chainwheels have got teeth on them; there’s no way anything’s going to slip on them.

    No need to wear a cycling cap, especially off the bike.

    And how do you wash a bike “properly”?

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Unfortunately this rider does not exist.

  • Tony

    Me too, brilliant.

  • Chris Williams

    Totally agree with all above – I think I was 100% 🙂