This week, Country Life magazine posted its list of the 39 steps to being the perfect gentleman (opens in new tab) 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.
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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