We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers what their golden rule of cycling is. Here are a selection of answers, brought to you in association with B’Twin.
What do you think should be the one golden rule that all cyclists should follow? Let us know in the comments section below.
Please say hello and/or give a friendly nod or gesture to other cyclists, walkers, horse riders, etc. Being friendly and polite goes a long way.
Stop at red lights. I was on a local reliability ride a few weeks ago, and 30 or more riders from a number of local clubs all deliberately (no doubt about it) went through a red light and turned right across traffic. Not only dangerous and stupid, but reflects extremely poorly on the cycling community as a whole.
Always make sure you’re prepared to repair a puncture at the roadside, in the middle of nowhere, in the rain. It happens to everyone eventually.
Whenever descending, you have to shout, “Wheeeeeeeeee!”
Make sure to take control of the road. Remember you have the right to ride in the middle of the lane if it is risky to hug the kerb to let cars pass.
Free your mind. Leave all your worldly thoughts behind you. Do all your worrying about finances, relationships, career, etc. before you get on your
bike and head out. Once the pedals
start to turn, cloak yourself in the sensations of how your body and bike feel together. Take in the scents, the sounds and the feeling of the sun and wind on your skin.
Don’t push down with both legs at the same time.
Ask for advice. Just don’t always listen to the loudest voice.
Be humble and inspire people. Even
if you’re racing as a first-cat or can
go under 20 minutes for a 10-mile TT,
spare 30 seconds for the new bloke on
the club run.
Never leave a bike with disc brakes
unattended if there are children or
pros around, lest they cut themselves
Don’t wear knee-warmers without also wearing arm-warmers. It looks ridiculous. The other way round is fine.
For the sake of your riding partners, please make sure your bike doesn’t make any squeaking, creaking, ticking, crunching or pinging sounds.
Remember to use a bike.
Take your helmet off when entering a pub.
Jean Yves Van de Kieft
Ride within your limits until you really know how far you can push yourself. Always take an energy drink even in winter.
Don’t drop your litter. It’s everyone’s playground, so let’s keep it beautiful.
Never wear underwear underneath your cycling shorts! Seriously, don’t.