- Grizzly Peak Cyclists strongly encourages all riders to wear approved helmets.
- Weather: A 30% chance of rain or showers, or forecasts of extreme hot or cold temperatures in the ride area, will probably cancel the ride. Given such a forecast, a ride leader is not required to cancel the ride, but you should assume cancellation absent information from the leader to the contrary. If the forecast is marginal, or if the weather looks doubtful on the morning of the ride, please contact the leader.
- All riders should carry a spare tube, pump, and patch kit and know how to use them, as well as some cash, ID, and emergency contact information. Riders on T and faster rides should be self-sufficient.
- All riders should have mechanically sound bicycles.
- Riders who are uncertain about the pace or terrain, or their ability to find their own way if necessary, are encouraged to call the leader in advance. This is especially important for rides of 50 miles or longer or at T pace or faster.
- Riders who know they are slower than the listed pace but show up for a faster ride are encouraged to acknowledge to the leader that they are aware that they are slower and may be dropped, and that they are prepared to deal with that eventuality.
- If a rider is unfamiliar with the area of the ride and is concerned about getting lost, s/he should let the leader know at the start of the ride.
- It is the responsibility of the rider to ensure that s/he doesn't get lost by consulting the route sheet and/or staying with someone who knows the route. Those who ride ahead and miss a turn should be prepared to find their own way back to the group or to the start.
- Riders are encouraged to wait at designated regroup points until the last rider arrives and has had a chance to catch their breath. On rides with larger attendance and a greater spread of ride speeds, "rolling regroups" at which groups of similarly paced riders collect and continue on are a reasonable alternative. Slower riders may find it advantageous to start out of a regroup ahead of the pack to get a head start.
- Riders who decide to take a shortcut or leave a ride should make a reasonable attempt to let the ride leader know, either directly or through another rider. If this is not possible, the rider is encouraged to call the leader after the ride to say s/he got back safely.
- If all but one or two riders choose to ride faster than the published pace, the group is encouraged to moderate their pace or double back to keep the group together.
- Experienced club members are encouraged to make an effort to seek out riders identified during introductions as new to the club's rides and to make them feel welcome.
The Guidelines should be considered "guidelines" only. No coercion is intended, nor is it expected that everyone will follow every guideline on all rides, people being people, and life being as it is. However, most of these are based on common sense and general concepts of sociability; they are therefore deemed reasonable and in the interest of avoiding misunderstandings and disappointment by riders and leaders alike. Generally speaking, it is more important to abide by these guidelines on rides listed at slower paces, when the pack is small, and when newcomers are present.
Rider Guidelines 1-12 originated at a special club meeting on ride pace and etiquette held 7 December 1999. Details were worked out at a followup committee meeting on 5 February 2001, and a draft was published on-line and in the March 2001 Wheel Truth, p 16. They were adopted by unanimous vote at the regular club meeting of 16 May 2001.
Rider Guideline 2 was revised and expanded at the regular club meeting of 9 April 2014.