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Offline hurleydog

Tour Safety
« on: March 29, 2010, 10:56:31 am »
I would like to know where I can find information on the safety of the riders that participate in these guided tours?  Are the van supported rides also on the trip to provide safety to the riders?  Does a van drive the route behind the last rider to ensure they make it to the checkpoint or how are the rider's safety ensured while on these tours?  Are recumbent bikes safe to ride on these tours?  Is visibility of the riders an issue, especially if you ride a recumbent?

Offline paddleboy17

Re: Tour Safety
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010, 12:05:46 pm »
I have done several guided tours, and all I can tell you is that some are more controlled than others.  It something you will just have to research as there are no intelligent blanket statements.  My favorite tour is one where we were encouraged to deviate from the route, and there were lots of suggested deviations.  All they cared was that you got in by a certain time as they did not want to keep dinner warm indefinitely.

As for recumbent's, my general observation is that since they sit lower to the ground, that rider visibility is an issue.  Flags probably improve your visibility, and riding in a predictable way improves your odds.  I have seen rider treat them like crotch rockets and weave in what I would consider to be an irresponsible way. 

You may get more detailed feedback from someone that tours on a recumbent.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Tour Safety
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010, 11:36:08 pm »
The touring company/organization and the guides can only do so much.  Ultimitely, your safety is in your own hands.  Use a mirror, common sense, and know the riding habits of the folks you ride with.  I often leave a partner/group of riders if they seem erratic or clueless in any way.  With experience, you can tell very soon if riders are unsafe.  I like to ride with others to take advantage of the drafting opportunities, so it's important to me that they are experienced, competent, and safe.  Communication in this situation is important, with standard signals essential.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline bogiesan

Re: Tour Safety
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2010, 08:54:27 am »
Are you referring only to the Adventure Cycling tour programs?
Most of us wish to be treated like the responsible adults we are. If a tour organization is going to have the resources and manpower babysit and monitor us, they will also have the power to discipline, expel, and spank. If you are considering a specific route or a specific operator, researching their policies is fairly simple; call them.

Of the many groundless myths about recumbents, compromised or reduced visibility is one of the more difficult to dismiss; it is an unfounded prejudice. We see this topic often on recumbent-specific blogs and forums. Try searching at The facts are easily ignored. For instance, my head position is only about 4 inches below anyone else's and the very fact that our machines are a bit odd tends to attract attention rather than deflect.

Flags are fun but they are useless as accident prevention devices. If they were at all beneficial, upright bikes would use them also. Flags and other colorful attachments are statements of style, a display of one's unconventionality. Me, I run a fairing and a bright red lycra bodyskin on my long wheelbase 'bent and I've got all the usual fluorescent riding gear and enough flashers to look like a rolling xmas tree. Putting any faith in those accoutrements is silly; I ride assuming every car is out to kill me.

Inattentive drivers and stupid bicycle riders are everywhere.

david boise ID
I play go. I use Macintosh. Of course I ride a recumbent