Group Dynamics on Bicycle Tour

The Pedalshift Project 163: Group Dynamics on Bicycle Tour (Beginner Series)

Guthrie Straw from The Sprocket Podcast joins the show to help out on the third installment of the beginner series. Steve is riding with a group on his upcoming charity ride – what are the things to think about in terms of group dynamics on bicycle tour? We cover camping, riding together, differing skill levels, eating, emergency safety nets and more.

The Pedalshift Project 163: Group Dynamics on Bicycle Tour (Beginner Series)

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Beginner Series: Group Dynamics on Bike Tour

Guthrie Straw  is an alternative transit advocate living in Portland, Oregon. When not working tirelessly on the Sprocket Podcast, he enjoys pursuing his goal of exploring every single marked bicycle path in the Portland Metro area (and he will get there one day!!!). He can often be seen at Pedalpalooza events, or meandering off to the coast and nearby mountain ranges on his bike. Having been in the saddle since a young age, he understands the need to nurture the ambitions of future cyclists, and that there really is no “right” way to bike, as long as your fulfilled in what you’re doing.  Guthrie runs and maintains, a website devoted to inspiring people to leave the car at home, and enjoy travel in the saddle.  Guthrie hopes to cycle from the tip of Alaska to Patagonia, but until then he is doing his best to help people discover the joy and freedom of letting a bike into their lives.
Hear the other parts of the beginner series (episodes 158 and 150).

Questions covered

  • With just a couple people on a tour I’m guessing the “rules of engagement” can be generally worked out along the way. With a larger group (currently 8), do you need to have a set of rules/guidelines defined beforehand?
  • Our group will have a wide range of athletic prowess. How do you balance things out so people on the extremes aren’t a) left in the dust, or b) super bored/annoyed? What if someone feels like they can’t go on and have to drop out?
  • Who rides first? Do you rotate randomly? Have a schedule of some sort? Does it matter?
  • How spread out should you be during the day? 
  • Any specific concerns when riding in a group with no SAG support?
  • Planning meals & sleeping arrangements for a group?

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