Member welcome pack
Welcome to Brothers on Bikes
Thank you for joining our club, this welcome pack should provide you with all the information you need to get the most out of your membership of our wonderful club.
To promote cycling amongst members of our community.
Brothers On Bikes (BoB) formed in 2015 is a friendly bunch of cyclists with members throughout the UK, who are happy to call each other “Brothers”! Our aim is to share our love of cycling with other brothers from all faiths and beliefs and help those looking to start or get back into it all!
If you want to get (or already are) into cycling for fitness, commuting, socialising, racing or just for the coffee & cake - we want to share that passion with you to ride in most types of weather, throughout the year.
Many people take up cycling as part of a lifestyle change; whether you are younger or older, BoB is the ideal club to help you reach your goals. With our friendly group rides, you can improve your cycling, make new friends and have fun, all at the same time.
Some of our members are experienced cyclists and some are new to the sport, all are welcome. It is our aim to encourage the less confident riders to start slowly with our introductory rides, and then take the advice of the ride leader as to which ability group will suit you on our other organised rides. As confidence and fitness improve, you can ride with the different speed groups and there will always be a faster cyclist for you to ride alongside (or draft behind!) to challenge yourself to ride further, increase your average speed or achieve that climb that defeated you.
We use Telegram chat as our virtual clubhouse! It's a great place to talk about all things cycling, get advice, get support or simply to get some encouragement on progress :)
The routes - total distance, elevation, average speed per group – are shared with members via Telegram so that BoB cyclists can make an informed decision, taking into account their current fitness and health, to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. The routes are provided to all registered members to download onto GPS devices so that you know where you are going.
Brothers On Bikes is affiliated with British Cycling and as such requires certain safeguards - roadworthy cycles, helmets to be worn on all rides and due consideration for others in the group; however, ultimately, you are responsible for yourself. We strongly recommend you have third party liability insurance, this can be obtained by becoming a ride member of British Cycling.
The BoB members who volunteer to guide our rides are just that – volunteers; individuals that love cycling and are enthusiastic about sharing their passion and are very happy to give you help and advice about technique, hydration and nutrition when cycling.
Telegram is used as a means of sharing routes, spontaneous rides planned at short notice and the occasional social event – it is intended to disseminate information to those that ride with us. It is a closed group and you can request to be a member, you will be accepted into the group by one of our administrators.
Brothers On Bikes trust that all members are genuine in their wish to cycle as part of a group and encourage all to join us on a ride.
Brothers On Bikes team kit/Dress code
The kit can be obtained from https://www.brothersonbikes.cc/shop.
Consisting of a short sleeve or long sleeve jersey, a gilet, cap and socks. Other items are available in the shop. The club places orders once per year basis for the kit.
The majority of BOB’s are Muslim & follow the Islamic Faith, therefore we do have guidelines that we need to follow with regards to the clothing that we wear whilst cycling. Having researched the topic, we at BOB admin urge all BOB’s to adopt the following whilst cycling;
As a minimum, the area between the Navel up to the Knee is covered in loose clothing, which does not show the shape or form of the body. So just to be clear, Bib or lycra cycling shorts worn on their own do not meet this criteria.
If you need any further advice/clarification on this then please speak to your local BoB Representative.
Brothers On Bikes Structure
BoB is managed by a group of regional reps who are considered the leaders of each region. They are your first contact point for:
Raise issues or concerns
Brothers On Bikes group riding rules and etiquette
When you are out cycling, to ensure you enjoy your cycling in a safe environment, we expect you to comply with the following:
1. Conforming to all traffic regulations is a condition of participation in Brothers On Bikes rides.
2. Know the Highway Code.
3. All riders (as practicable) should signal an intention to turn right or left and not leave it to
just the leader and/or back marker.
4. Look over your shoulder before starting, stopping or changing position to ensure it is safe to do so.
5. If you need to stop for any reason, call out "stopping" before you slow down. Stop close to the verge.
6. Ride in single file on busy roads and under circumstances where it would otherwise
be dangerous for vehicles to pass (defer to the leader's judgment).
7. Never ride more than two abreast, except when passing. If riding alone within a group, ride behind the inner rider of a pair.
8. Keep your distance from the cyclist in front, especially when riding two abreast; you or the person next to you may need to cut in suddenly.
9. Take care on lanes, looking over hedges and listening for approaching traffic. When riding
the outside position of the leading pair, hold back on the approach to blind corners: there
may be traffic approaching.
10. Take extra care when the call "car front" or "car back" is heard. Change to single file riding when vehicles wish to pass or as advised by the leader or back marker. If there is traffic behind which is unable to overtake, split into smaller groups or pull in to help it pass.
11. For dangerous road surfaces (potholes, gravel etc.) call out as appropriate and point with the left or right hand. For other hazards (for instance, walker, jogger, dog, parked car etc.) call "on the left" or "on the right".
12. When in a group of more than about eight riders split up to allow motorists to pass without undue difficulty or danger. The groups should be about 50m or four car lengths apart so it is quite clear to following motorists that there is a gap into which an overtaking vehicle can draw if another vehicle approaches from ahead. (If the gap gets too big the second group may miss a turning.)
13. If a vehicle is clearly having difficulty overtaking, for instance down a narrow country lane, pull in at a convenient passing place to allow it to overtake.
14. Use cycle lanes where practical and appropriate.
15. Normally, except where otherwise instructed, do not overtake the leader. It is accepted that riders will use their own preferred pace on long uphills. If you do go ahead, do not pass the next junction as the group may be going other than straight ahead. If you do pass the leader and miss the next turn it will be assumed that you have left the ride.
16. Pass the leader's messages down the line so that everyone follows suit.
17. After junctions, each rider, if not last of the group, should check that there is still another rider following, and, if not, either wait at the junction or notify the leader.
18. Members wishing to leave the group should notify the leader to avoid their being treated as 'missing persons'.
19. Cycles must be legal and roadworthy with working front and rear lights at night or in poor visibility. If you fail to comply, the leader may refuse to allow you to join the group.
20. Wear a CE approved helmet and light or brightly coloured clothing is recommended, with reflective clothing or belts at night.
21. No personal audio devices should be used when group riding.
22. Members should be courteous to all other road users and fellow riders.
23. You should not rely on other members to have tools. Carry a minimal toolkit adequate to fix common mechanical problems. As a minimum, it is suggested you carry spare tube(s), puncture repair kit, pump, tyre levers and allen keys.
24. Always carry your address and a telephone contact number in case of an accident.
25. Mudguards do more than keep you dry, they stop spray from affecting other riders – please consider your fellow riders.
26. Club runs continue regardless of weather, except in exceptional circumstances. When
setting out on a bright, warm, dry day, don't overlook the possible need for lights, warm
clothing or waterproofs as it gets later, colder and wetter.
27. You are advised to carry water to prevent dehydration and emergency food to remedy or prevent loss of energy on longer rides, particularly in summer.
28. Carrying a mobile phone is useful for emergency use.
29. If you are a new member of the group and are finding it difficult to keep up, do not wait until you are dropping off the back of the group but tell someone riding with you so that you can be assisted. It is your responsibility to make them aware.
30. Leaders must be members of Brothers On Bikes. This gives essential organiser's third party liability insurance cover.
31. The club's reputation depends to a large extent on its friendly, capable and competent
32. Ride leaders have a duty of care to members of the ride and must try to ensure that the
rules are adhered to and that the ride is safe and well organised. The leader is the official representative of the club and their instructions should be adhered to.
Terms and Conditions
Membership is free but you are required to ride your bike!
All members’ details will be held on British Cycling Management Tool. Neither British Cycling nor the club will not share your details with any 3rd party.
All members agree to abide by the Brothers On Bikes group riding rules and etiquette
As a member of Cycle Brothers On Bikes you agree to abide by the rules of Brothers On Bikes and also agree that you will participate in club activities entirely at your own risk.