|Your indispensable guide to becoming a Half-Fast Ride Guide
Anyone is welcome to suggest a ride. Even better if you can organize the ride and take us out for some cycling fun. Here are some of the things you'll need to consider in setting up a ride.
Ideally, scout the ride on your own first, looking for things that a group will want to know: beer machines, toilets, stations, convenience stores, beer machines, etc.
We will need to know the following information about the ride to advertise it:
If you're offering one of our four standard rides - Odaiba, Haneda, Tamagawa, Arakawa - you can omit a lot of this information.
Communicating/advertising your ride
It's OK if we have more than one ride on the same day if they are targeted at different levels of rider. But please try to remain flexible on your preferred dates.
Successful group riding
There's a bit more to leading a group than saying "I'm going on a bike ride - come along if you want to." It's important to consider the group dynamic and to appreciate riders' individual challenges if everyone is going to have a fun day out.
If you're guiding a large group (more than 12), consider splitting into two. Everyone should understand who is at the front and who is at the back of each group. Agree points (in time or space) to regroup. Ensure that the front/rear riders of all groups know how to contact each other.
It's better to guide from the front. Be clear with the group that you are leading because you know the way; any rider who overtakes you is responsible for themselves.
When riding, give instructions and hand signals clearly and in good time. Riders in the middle should repeat them for those behind. Avoid waving your hands toward local points of interest, as riders may misinterpret your gestures as hand signals. If you're not sure of the route, slow the group down and explain.
Remember that we're Half-Fast, not a racing team. Drafting/pace line/peleton-style riding on public roads and cycleways can lead to accidents. Be realistic about speeds and schedules. It's more important that the group has a safe, fun ride.
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