Paceline Etiquette – An Article Posted on the PFW Site
The Princeton Freewheelers have an article devoted to paceline riding. It looked OK to me. I didn’t like the concept that the ride leader has to actually “lead” the paceline. He certainly should lead the ride, but I don’t agree he should lead the paceline. Instead he should orchestrate the paceline. Another criticism of the article I have is when pulling off the front after taking a pull at the front of the paceline you don’t need to signal that you are going to pull off. That would require you to slow the paceline and also lose some control of your bike while at the front of the paceline. What you should be doing when you are ready to pull off is become aware of where the rider behind you is. You do this by looking under your armpit. You can accomplish this using your periphery vision. You just need to know that the cyclist behind you is not so overlapped with your rear wheel that your steering left is not going to cause him to fall down. Once you are confident the cyclist behind you is clear of your wheel, then you should steer your bike to the left gradually and smoothly so the rider behind you will not fall down. One other point, I have mentioned this in another post to my blog, calling out hazards is NOT something that should be done regularly. If it is a big hazard and the riders in the back of the paceline are not likely to know about it AND they need to know about it, then by all means tell the riders behind you that there is a hazard coming up. An example of this is railroad tracks that must be crossed up ahead. They will relay the message back down the paceline. But do NOT shout out “hazard” and expect everybody to jump to figure out where the hazard is. This is not good paceline etiquette. CLICK HERE to read the article.