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ERC Development Ride

Dec 15, 2015
ERC Development Ride

Find out about our group ride for people who are new to ERC and those who are thinking about joining

What is the Development Ride?

This is the run for riders new to ERC and those who are thinking about joining. An experienced club member will lead the ride and you will practice group riding techniques and learn local calls and signals.  The route will vary each week and is a great opportunity to explore new roads and lanes.

Who is it aimed at?

While the ride is not for complete novices, all are welcome and no-one will be left behind.  However, you should expect to ride for 2.5 to 3 hours at between 14 and 16mph, and be prepared to ride in close formation.

  • You may be an experienced cyclist having cycled by yourself or done a few sportives but have never ridden in a group before. This ride will help you to gain confidence riding in a group and make sure you are safe before you move up to faster rides.
  • You may have ridden with the CTC or Spokes for a while and want a bit more of a challenging ride.
  • You may be an experienced rider who is coming back from injury or time off the bike.
  • You may be a mountain biker who wants to try road riding.
  • You may have never ridden in a chaingang before. This is a great opportunity in a safe and friendly environment.

We are happy for you to come on the ride a couple of times but expect you to join the club after that.

When is it?

The ride starts at 9:45 am every Saturday morning from the Royal Commonwealth Pool. When you get there there will be a lot of riders waiting for a number of rides to leave. Just ask for the Development Ride leader and they will keep you right.

I’m nervous about coming. Can you reassure me?

The run leaders are very experienced and friendly. The rides are good fun and welcoming. Many people are a little nervous about coming on their first club ride but the vast majority of people love it and can’t wait for the next one.

What should I bring?

Punctures, mechanicals etc, whilst often bad luck, can be less of a trial if certain precautions are taken before the run.

Make sure your bike is safe - check brakes, wheels, rims and steering.

Also ensure that nothing is loose (especially mudguards) or liable to fall off. A lubricated chain etc is also a good idea. Check your tyres - worn tyres are the single biggest preventable cause of punctures. Multiple punctures, apart from being a pain, won't endear you to other riders waiting for you on a cold day !

  • Have a well maintained and roadworthy bike
  • Carry 2 spare inner tubes
  • Carry a puncture repair kit
  • Carry 2-3 tyre levers
  • Carry a working pump
  • Carry a multi tool with chain splitter
  • Carry a waterproof
  • Carry a carbohydrate drink
  • Carry a solid carbohydrate source eg banana, raisins, jelly babies
  • Carry money

(It has been known for run leaders to assist with repairs!)

What will I learn?

You will learn about the following shouts and signals that club cyclists in Edinburgh use.


  • Nose: vehicle approaching from the front
  • Tail: vehicle coming from behind
  • Stopping
  • Steady: stop speeding up
  • Off the back: rider unable to keep up and has lost contact with group
  • Spell: change riders at the front
  • Single up: ride in single file to allow build up of traffic to pass
  • Puncture/mechanical: warns group that someone has had a puncture
  • (in)Side: obstacle coming up eg parked car


  • Point out potholes etc
  • Signal directional changes

You will also learn how to chaingang, which is a very efficient way of cycling in a group.

What happens after the ride?

Afterwards, riders from all groups meet up in various cafes around Marchmont and Bruntsfield.  Please join us for a chat and some cake!


More Information

Check the What's on? diary page for details of club activities.

Please read the Frequently asked questions page for answers to common queries, or contact us for more information.

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