I enjoy riding in a group. There are many aspects that appeal to me. The camaraderie, the additional speed, the push to ride faster than you will by yourself, to name a few. However, if you ever ask anybody in a group how fast they ride, they will always downplay it. Strange, really, you would think most of us would like to brag how fast we are and exaggerate. Not so though, bikers like to say “we usually roll around 17-19 mph. And then when you start riding, and notice your speed is hovering around 21-22mph!
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If you are new to group riding there are a few things you should know. First, ask someone in the group if this is a “drop” or “no drop” group. A “no drop” group will, as it states, not leave anyone. So, the group will only go as fast as the slowest rider and if someone has a mechanical issue (i.e., flat), the whole group will wait for it to be repaired. These groups tend to be less competitive and usually slower. A “drop” group usually will go as fast as the front can pull and you just have to hang on. If the group is going too quickly for you, you must be prepared to ride home alone! There are many type of groups. Some will go as slow as 10-12 mph, where others will roll at 24+ mph. Some will go 70 miles with no stops; others will stop every 10 miles and may even stop for lunch! So in other words, there is a group for everyone. Here is a good link to information on how to ride in a group.
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