What makes a good cycling group?

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What makes a good cycling group?

Postby Philip Benstead » 4 Feb 2016, 9:21pm

What makes a good cycling group?

I been thinking about the problem of low participation rates among CTC membership.

With everything being equal is the decisive factor to make a good club is if the group interacts socially?

Comments welcomed.
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Re: What makes a good cycling group?

Postby gaz » 4 Feb 2016, 10:34pm

This thread may be of interest.
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Re: What makes a good cycling group?

Postby Bicycler » 5 Feb 2016, 1:39pm

Some thoughts, including my own less than wonderful experiences viewtopic.php?f=17&t=87259

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Re: What makes a good cycling group?

Postby admin » 5 Feb 2016, 5:14pm

In my experience cycling groups are always friendly and nice to ride with. The problem is that the roads around here are not anything like as nice to cycle on as they were 20 years ago. Too many huge 4x4s being driven far too fast. One near miss can kill the atmosphere of a nice relaxed bike ride stone dead.

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Re: What makes a good cycling group?

Postby greyingbeard » 5 Feb 2016, 5:26pm

people one gets along with. Variety. The odd character.

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Re: What makes a good cycling group?

Postby loch eck steve » 6 Feb 2016, 6:03pm

Welcoming, rides for all abilities .

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Re: What makes a good cycling group?

Postby mjr » 6 Feb 2016, 8:16pm

admin wrote:One near miss can kill the atmosphere of a nice relaxed bike ride stone dead.

It probably depends on the group. We've had one of our riders forced off the road by a White Van Man after maybe 10% of the ride and still we continued to the end pretty cheerfully, although that particular ride didn't have any complete beginners on it.
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