Nov 2012: Cycling Rules Update

Security and well being of each of our members is paramount for TVT. By now, you should have received emails from our head coach Derek and one of our cycling group leaders Alistair to remind us of the basic rules to follow when riding for TVT.

Please check our Weekly Training page or continue reading for our updated (Nov 2012) Cycling Rules.

  1. Information about club rides will be mailed to every club member.   Everyone is welcome to join a ride but must ride with a group suitable for their ability
  2. All Cyclists must wear a Helmet. 
  3. All Cyclist MUST be self sufficient (carry 2 spare tubes ,Tyre Levers, Pump, mobile phone and money (if required )
  4. (NEW!) ID: When you ride with the group you must carry a suitable id that must include an emergency contact number. TVT recommends an ID bracelet like RoadID or IceID. (See more below)
  5. The group will leave the start venue on time – if you are late then its tough!! 
  6. The group will stay together and look after each other.
  7. The group leader may cancel or abort the ride at any time 
  8. The group leader has final say on all safety issues 
  9. The group leader may ask a rider not to ride with a group if they feel that the group is unsuitable in terms of ability for the rider
  10. Headphones and music devices may not be used
  11. All riders take part at their own risk 

(NEW!) In terms of point 4, it is imperative that you carry ID and emergency contact numbers with you, if possible in a visible part of your body. TVT highly recommends the use of a Bracelet ID. Some recommended companies that provide the same are: RoadID (US based) ,  IceIDCram-Alert  , TheIdBandCompany , OneLifeID (QR code based).


Other useful Winter Riding advice:

Your Bike:

  1. It is wise to make sure that you have some winter tyres fitted, a courser tread and thicker rubber will give more grip. This coupled with thicker inner tubes will go a long way to prevention of punctures, and give more grip on the leaf strewn roads that we will encounter.
  2. Before each ride you should apply little ‘wet lube’ to the chain and other moving parts of the drivetrain, to fend off water ingress and prevent corrossion.
  3. Check your tyres for flints, small pieces of sharp stone which if left will work there way through the rubber and cause a puncture.
  4. Mudgaurds are a fantastic addition during the winter months, a product like ‘race-blades, is easy to fit/remove and relativley cheap.
  5. Please make sure you have at least one spare tube, and the relevant equipment to change it, on each ride that you attend. You should test the tyre levers and pump to make sure they are of suitable quality to ensure you are not stranded.


  1. Layering is the key to good heat/cold management. Start with a base layer, tight fitting and breathable, topped with a long sleeved cycling jersey.
  2. This can be supplemented with a waterproof overjacket that will provide warmth and wind protection and can be stuffed in the jersey pocket if required.
  3. On the bottom, start with good cycling shorts and top them off with a pair of bib trousers.
  4. Shoe covers are an absolute godsend on winter days, providing both heat retention and prevention from chill.
  5. Gloves are essential. A cycling cap under the helmet helps retain heat and the peak prevents glare from low winter sunshine.
  6. Glasses help to keep small objects, rain, and splash from others in the group, from entering the eyes.

The Group:

  1. To assist the group, and group leader, everyone should carry some form of emergency ID.  Did we mention it enough? 😉

Happy Ride!
TVT Committee.