One of the things that I really enjoy about cycling is the wide range of people I meet, the friends that I have made and the new areas that I have visited
And during this last year, whilst I was attempting to get fit enough to ride the London100, I have met an even wider circle of people than usual. And in particular I have ridden with people of all ages and it has become apparent that the majority of these youngsters ( defined as anyone below the age of 50 years old ) are in need of some serious education in cycling etiquette when riding with Old Age Pensioners like myself.
Their appreciation of what is considered a safe and reasonable pace leaves much to be desired; and their understanding of what the correct Cycling Food on the Go should be seems non existent despite the fact that they have generously supported me earlier in the year when I was giving away Cycling Food recipe booklets in exchange for a donation to my chosen charity.
So, in order that they will be better prepared in the future I have devised a set of Rules for Cycling for OAPs
Rule 1 Triple Chain Rings are allowed and the lower the tooth count the better
Rule 2 Cassettes with a 32 sprocket ring are ideal
Rule 3 OAPs do NOT have to pedal downhill
Rule 4 Tea and Cake Shop stops are MANDATORY on all rides greater than 25km
Rule 5 Carbon belongs in steel, NOT in plastic
Rule 6 Pockets should be provided in cycling clothing but NOT on the back where they are literally a pain in the arse
Rule 7 All zips should be a big and chunky as worn by construction workers, builders and other he-men
Rule 8 Any more ??