Ride Guide

 

Hurst DST Bicycles, Inc. 143 E. Harwood Rd., Hurst, TX. 76054 817.268.6572
Monday 6:00PM BEGINNER NO DROP Ride. Everyone is welcome. 12 miles (8 mile cut off available)through residential streets and some access roads, at a pace as fast as the SLOWEST RIDER.
Tuesdays 6:00PM Training Ride – 35 – 40 miles at a fast pace, hills, no regroupings, many options for cutting the ride short for people off the pace. Intermediate/Fast Group
Wednesdays 6:00PM Multiple groups based on rider ability. Intermediate Group averages 16-18 MPH for 27, NO DROP for about 23 miles. Stops and regroupings to stay together. FAST GROUP: 37 miles, average moving speed 20+ MPH, drop ride.
Thursdays 6:00PM Training Ride – 35 – 40 miles at a fast pace, hills, no regroupings, many options for cutting the ride short for people off the pace
Saturdays 7:00AM Training Ride 55 – 75 miles miles at a brisk pace (20mph+) ~ hot spots, hills, city limit sprints, one or two regroupings.
Arlington DST Bicycles Inc, 5739 Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76017 817.572.2453
Tuesdays 6:15PM Intermediate road ride 6:15 sharp about 34-miles, no drop, 17-18 MPH. Lights Required during non-daylight savings time. Have questions, call Eddie.
Saturdays 7:00AM COM “Century of the month – more or less) Once a month – check TBi Calendar for dates

TBi RULES OF THE ROAD

Team Bicycles, Inc (TBi) is an organization to develop and promote safe cycling in and around the North Texas area for all forms of bicycle road racing, fast recreational riding and track racing. Preparation, training and common sense are what make bicycling safe. Whether you are new to cycling or an experienced rider, knowing these safety rules and tips will make your ride safer and more enjoyable.  When you ride a bike in traffic, you are a driver. You have the same rights and responsibilities as the driver of an automobile.

All TBi members are expected to observe the following

TBi Rules:

  • All TBi Team Members are to be excellent ambassadors of the Team and it’s Sponsors
    whenever wearing the Team Kit or on club rides.
  • All TBi Team Members are expected to operate their bicycle in a safe and courteous
    manner.
  • The use of foul language, aggressive/dangerous riding, and/or discourtesy to other
    participants or observers is not allowed.
  • All riders must wear helmets.
  • The use of Time Trial bars in a pack is discouraged. (Aerobars are still allowed to be
    attached to your bike and used while riding alone, but the use of aerobars in
    a pack is discouraged).
  • Wearing headphones while riding is discuraged.
  • Do not draft behind motor vehicles.


Enforcement

All TBi members are empowered to counsel other riders for violating the rules of the road as outlined above. If anyone witnesses another rider violating these rules, the offender should be counseled at the time of the violation. In the event an occurrence of counseling a rider is reported to the Executive Committee, it should be done either verbally or in writing within one week of the occurrence.

TBi members found to have exhibited behavior that is determined unsafe by the Executive Committee will be notified of this decision in writing within one week.

Additionally, these rulings will be added to each meetings agenda for announcement to the club and will be included in the meeting minutes. Anyone warned/suspended/expelled by  he Executive Committee for unsafe or discourteous behavior should understand their name may be announced at a meeting.

TBi members who are found by the Executive Committee to have violated the rules of the  road have the right to appeal the decision. These appeals must be in writing and should be presented to the Executive Committee within one week of receiving the written decision. The Executive Committee is obligated to review the appeal before making the final determination and/or applying the penalty.

Additional Safe Riding Tips

  • Ride on the right, with traffic, a couple of feet from the edge.
  • Ride in a straight line, don’t weave.
  • When passing another rider, look back to be sure it is clear and signal. When passing
    another cyclist, yell out ON YOUR LEFT. When you hear someone
    calling out On your left, do not turn around. Hold steady on
    course and ride straight.
  • Glance back often, always before moving right or left.
  • Warn automobile traffic when stopping or turning by giving appropriate hand
    signals.  Try to make eye contact with drivers before turning.
  • Keep clear of road-edge hazards such as trash, drains and parked vehicles.  Point out
    hazards to your fellow cyclists following you by pointing.
  • Watch out for sand and gravel.
  • Cross railroad tracks at a right angle.
  • Talk to your fellow cyclists.  Let them know CAR BACK, PASSING ON
    YOUR LEFT, or STOPPING.
  • When stopping to rest, get off the pavement.
  • Ride friendly and defensively.

Dealing with other road users

On a straight stretch of road with little traffic, motorists can easily and safely change lanes to overtake a cyclist. On a narrow road or with heavier traffic, be courteous! When possible, pull into a single line well before cars reach you. Call out, CAR BACK to let other cyclists know its time to single up. Never ride two abreast on a hilly or winding road because you must change lane positions frequently according to sight lines and traffic conditions.  When preparing a lane change or turn, YOU ARE YOUR OWN LOOKOUT. Look out for cars, or other bicycles approaching from the rear just the same as when you ride alone. Look left and right for traffic at stop signs don’t blindly follow the rider ahead of you into an intersection. And when you stop to rest, remember to pull completely off the road.


Riding in wet weather

Braking technique is different when the road surface is slippery or if you are turning. Under these conditions, the front wheel can skid. You must brake lightly and use the front brakes less. In wet weather, the streets can be slick, and so will your rims. Dry the rims by applying the brakes AHEAD of time. It can take 100 feet or more before the brakes begin to work normally. In the rain, pay special attention to metal and slick surfaces such as manhole covers, painted traffic markings, wet leaves and oil slicks; they are all especially slippery. Avoid these spots, or ride over them slowly, being careful not to turn, brake or accelerate. Be ready to put a foot down for balance. Avoid riding through puddles if you cannot see the bottom, a puddle can hide a nasty pothole. When you get home, its a good idea to re-lubricate your bike chain to help prevent it from rusting.