There is a difference between riding purpose built trails and natural trails. We will concentrate on natural trails first. Some of these guidelines are safety-related and some encourage good relationships with other trail-users. All of them aim to enable us to enjoy the experience of riding a bike off-road in a responsible way that promotes a sustainable future for our sport.
- Bring a spare tube, tyre levers, multi-tool and a pump / inflator.
- Carry a mobile phone or money to enable you to get home in case of mechanical failure or emergency.
- Wear, or carry, appropriate clothing for the likely conditions.
- Bring food and drink appropriate for the planned ride.
- Bring lights when the weather conditions or time of day require it. Avoid using a rear light on flashing mode unless you are at the rear of the group. Remember that there may be sections of road-riding on a natural trail ride.
- Support and respect the ride leader. Please volunteer if you would like to act as a ride leader on other occasions.
- Inform the ride leader if you wish to stop or to leave the ride.
- On the Malvern Hills, avoid particularly busy times of the week.
- Be aware of, and follow, the Countryside Code (see below).
- Remember that cyclists are only legally allowed to ride on bridleways and other permitted routes.
- Never disturb ruins or historic sites (e.g. British Camp)
- Avoid excessive speed, especially when the route ahead cannot be seen clearly.
- Avoid skidding as this causes trail erosion.
- Always slow down for other trail-users.
- Thank trail-users who stop for the group.
- Greet other trail-users you meet, even those who display agitation. Avoid responding to any aggressive behaviour.
- Helmets must be worn at all times on MCS club rides.
- Carry your membership card on MCS club rides in case the emergency details are needed.
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