Hand signals among fellow riders

jonny_trousers
jonny_trousers Posts: 3,588
edited April 2012 in Road beginners
Please would someone fill me in on what hand signals we should use when riding within a group. I tend to do my riding alone, but will do training laps of Regent's Park each week where I can't help but notice fellow riders in front offering left-hand signals when necessary. I've twigged the I'm-hitting-the-brakes signal (although I can't remember exactly what it is) and the left arm behind the lower back to indicate an imminent overtake (is this just when passing another cyclist or anything that requires pulling out to the right?). Oh, and is there anything one should say to warn a fellow cyclist that you are about to pass them?

Anyway, a beginners guide to riding among fellow roadies would be extremely welcome.

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  • jgsi
    jgsi Posts: 5,062
    http://www.redhillcc.co.uk/page/hand-signals-and-shouts
    there you go, a basic guide.. courtesy of Redhillcc.. there are others if you search.

    not just gestures but 'shouts' as well.. these are not for the benefit of other road users but solely for the safety and information of the group on the road .
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,566
    Well, I ride in Holland so can only give you the Dutch versions - for the words I can only give you the phonetics cos, I'm ashamed to say, I don't know what the actual words are...

    Pointing down at the ground - something coming up that needs a warning, e.g. pot hole, traffic cone, traffic island etc (Bau - traffic cone/bollard)

    Pointing around the back of the back- moving out left/right (usually to overtake) (Something like Cay-huh, something coming the other way, Morr, overtaking a slower cyclist/runner...)

    Elbow flick - I'm knackered, take over on the front you lazy fIIcker!

    Car behind (Auto Achter) - self explanatory

    Hand facing back wards - slowing down - usually associated with a lot of WO WO WO WO!!!!!

    Hand up in the air - stopping/mechanical
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver,

    As we might expect from a Dutchman, your English is perfect. All those are exactly as we do in England.
    17 years commuting up and down the King\'s Road and i still don\'t get faster...
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,566
    Nah that's cos I'm English...Trust me, the Dutch is shocking!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • jonny_trousers
    jonny_trousers Posts: 3,588
    Thanks guys; that's just what I needed.
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    Jonny, what do you ride? I'll keep an eye out for you next time I am doing laps.
    Ben

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  • jonny_trousers
    jonny_trousers Posts: 3,588
    Ben6899 wrote:
    Jonny, what do you ride? I'll keep an eye out for you next time I am doing laps.

    A gloss black Genesis Equilibrium without any decals, mate.
  • symo
    symo Posts: 1,743
    Excellent guide from redhill. More importantly it's correct.

    There is nothing more annoying on a sportive than someone 'shouting car up', to see a car coming down the line from the front. Not hard is it?

    You don't go up a hill in a group by going backwards do you? Because it appears some riders do :shock:
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  • Slack
    Slack Posts: 326
    In general most riders use similar gestures. However, between clubs, there are sometimes slight differences; this caught me out once, as I spent a few miles trying to work out their pothole signalling!
    Plymouthsteve for councillor!!
  • klep
    klep Posts: 158
    ddraver wrote:
    Nah that's cos I'm English...Trust me, the Dutch is shocking!

    Making fun of our precious language eh?

    So what exatly do we say? I'm not a pro cyclist but I am a Dutchie and I'd like to know how to sound like a pro!
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,626
    klep wrote:
    ddraver wrote:
    Nah that's cos I'm English...Trust me, the Dutch is shocking!

    Making fun of our precious language eh?

    So what exatly do we say? I'm not a pro cyclist but I am a Dutchie and I'd like to know how to sound like a pro!

    Klootzak en lul? ;)
  • LangerDan
    LangerDan Posts: 6,132
    klep wrote:
    ddraver wrote:
    Nah that's cos I'm English...Trust me, the Dutch is shocking!

    Making fun of our precious language eh?

    So what exatly do we say? I'm not a pro cyclist but I am a Dutchie and I'd like to know how to sound like a pro!
    moveout_0.jpg
    "Pass the Dutchie on the Left Hand Side"?

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  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,566
    klep wrote:
    ddraver wrote:
    Nah that's cos I'm English...Trust me, the Dutch is shocking!

    Making fun of our precious language eh?

    So what exatly do we say? I'm not a pro cyclist but I am a Dutchie and I'd like to know how to sound like a pro!

    I ve writen down what they sound like and what they mean...what the actual words are, I'm ashamed to say I have no idea... :oops:
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • klep
    klep Posts: 158
    You disappoint me!
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,566
    Well have a look, what do you think they might be...?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    Ben6899 wrote:
    Jonny, what do you ride? I'll keep an eye out for you next time I am doing laps.

    A gloss black Genesis Equilibrium without any decals, mate.

    I'll keep an eye out for you.
    Ben

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