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Do you share food/a bidon?

edited February 2010 in Road beginners
I have started to ride with a group.

most come unprepared and it bugs me.

we did a 4 hours in the rain and people came with only 500ml of drink and a banana or two.

I had a lot more because ive not done a ride this long before but I shared my stuff which think I really needed in the last 30 mins coming home. :(

one guy in the group also had a lot but wasnt sharing. we were sat at the back talking and he says that 99% of cyclists underestimate there needs and it annoys him so he doesnt share to teach them a lesson.

it was strange because I see his argument. but I would not hold back the liquid if a rider was in trouble. :?

thoughts?

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,585 Lives Here
    Usually I share.

    I've been fortunate enough to have been bailed out a few times when I ran out of food when I was starting out on faster club runs.

    Most people are quite embarrased when they have to borrow stuff and appreciate the sentiment.

    If they start asking me for food and drink it's a different story...
  • blorgblorg Posts: 1,169
    If I have food or drink spare (and I usually do) then of course I'd share, and regularly do. If the cyclists without were coming back every week undersupplied it would be a different matter but I don't find that happens in my neck of the woods.
  • BhimaBhima Posts: 2,145
    edited February 2010
    Most people are quite embarrased when they have to borrow stuff and appreciate the sentiment.

    Yes, indeed. Sometimes if I go out with an extra bidon in my pocket and have more than enough, i'll offer it to anyone who needs it, and you usually see who's in trouble and afraid to ask once you do that. I've forced bananas on people many times.

    Although, if there was a repeat offender who never learned, i'd just stop riding with them. There are some people I used to ride with who insisted on not eating at all, because they were trying to lose weight and bought into the whole "bonk training" myth. I would offer stuff, but they would take it as some kind of insult. :roll:
  • markos1963markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    Generally most in our club come prepared although we did have one turn up to a 75 mile RRide with nothing on him at all!
    I usually carry more than I need and will share if someone is in trouble or has forgotten to bring a drink as they have been in a rush. Like others though I won't offer to persistant offenders who should know better.
  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    I've only ever been caught out with too little water once, on a chaingang ride in summer. the ride was almost finished and we were all heading back into town and I was parched. I'd held off hoping I could get all the way back but in the end decided I couldn't and asked a fellow rider if I could just take a slurp of his water. He allowed me to but he didn't look very impressed, so I assume I made an enormous social faux pas...
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  • VelonutterVelonutter Posts: 4,749 Lives Here
    I have to admit that I'm quite a fussy censored and although I would quite happily share food, I wouldn't like people to drink out of my Bidon.

    I would and have given people some of my water/fluids when we have stopped and transferred into their bidons, but it's just me be particular
  • balthazarbalthazar Posts: 1,566
    Share, all and always. I might chide a friend if they habitually go unprepared, but I wouldn't deny them anything they requested, as long as I didn't need it myself.
  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    The thing with bike bottles is that you don't have to actually put it in your mouth - you can squirt the liquid in without making contact with the bottle at all, so there's less risk of sharing bodily fluids
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  • I have started to ride with a group.

    most come unprepared and it bugs me.

    we did a 4 hours in the rain and people came with only 500ml of drink and a banana or two.

    I had a lot more because ive not done a ride this long before but I shared my stuff which think I really needed in the last 30 mins coming home. :(

    one guy in the group also had a lot but wasnt sharing. we were sat at the back talking and he says that 99% of cyclists underestimate there needs and it annoys him so he doesnt share to teach them a lesson.

    it was strange because I see his argument. but I would not hold back the liquid if a rider was in trouble. :?

    thoughts?


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  • I tend to always take more stuff than i need, including FAK and tools. I'd rather be prepared. But then if it's a close knit bunch then you can split the portage of some stuff and work out ffod etc. between you.

    As for bidons, the rule of thumb i apply both on rides i do, and when i'm coaching is you never drink from your own bottle that someone else has borrowed. So drink your fill and hand it over.
  • FlasheartFlasheart Posts: 1,278
    Bhima wrote:
    I've forced bananas on people many times.

    Kinky censored ...is that legal Bhima? :wink:
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  • Share with new riders, not with people who should know better (you only bonk once, after that you're always stocked up I find).

    It's almost as bad as people who don't maintain their bike. Had people come out with chains made up of the cut offs of about 20 others and wondering why they've snapped, or riding tubular for training and puncturing miles out.
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  • I believe what goes around comes around. People have given me a gel or something before, so I'd be happy to help someone else when they need it.

    I wouldn't share a bidon though; for the sake of hygiene.

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  • I do share food, innertubes and puncture repair kits happily , ive never been happy about shareing my water bottle due to hygiene but i do share it if it is needed it could be me who needs the help one day
    I have stopped helping out the repeat offenders as they should have learnt there lesson but still insist on rideing without a spare innertube or puncture repair kit.
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