Code of the road.

code of the road

"no you don't get to use my extra tube!
The Ctc used to have a rule for what you should bring with you on a ride - spare tube and repair kit, Ā£5, mudguards if it was wet. The rules could be enforced.

You could probably argue about suitable clothing.
I'm sure a few did. šŸ¤£
 
Etiquette when riding. Here in Ireland it's generally accepted that meeting a rider going the other way we acknowledge them. It's just the way of things. On country roads anyway, what you in the UK call lanes.

A spoken greeting if speed and road width allow, or maybe just a nod of the head, or raising a hand from the bars with a slight wave, but an acknowledgement of some kind nonetheless.

Obviously the middle aged Rapha and carbon gang are ignorant of this custom, but I acknowledge them anyway.

How is it in other countries?
It varies here.
 
I always stop if I see a rider or small group with a mechanical because from experience I know that a fair number of people have no idea which end of a spanner to use. Once I came across a lad scratching his head over a couple of mudguard stays that had detached - a few seconds work with a hex key and I'd fixed them back to the dropout with one of the bolts from his second bottle cage fittings. That's not to mention the times I've offered the use of my full-size pump to somebody struggling with one of those stupid mini things.
 
I always stop if I see a rider or small group with a mechanical because from experience I know that a fair number of people have no idea which end of a spanner to use. Once I came across a lad scratching his head over a couple of mudguard stays that had detached - a few seconds work with a hex key and I'd fixed them back to the dropout with one of the bolts from his second bottle cage fittings. That's not to mention the times I've offered the use of my full-size pump to somebody struggling with one of those stupid mini things.
Me too, I remember on the way back from a ride seeing a paperboy stood with a chainset in one hand and his bike in the other. Luckily he hadnā€™t ridden on from where the bolt fell out! Soon had him on his way again.
 
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