Race season is just around the corner

With the road season merely a few weeks away, i though i’d start a thread to help all the newbies out. The aim to cover etiquette, both on and off the saddle. Not everyone on the team knows and/or cares about pro cycling and the culture around it, but a lot of us are bike nerds and thus you will hear a lot of different names over the course of the next couple months.

some stuff from the ECCC(couple of years old buy still true)


Cycling News, so you know what the big races are and who wins them.

I’m also going to throw in Bike Snob NYC, monday-friday blogs.

And Cycling tips, for cycling tips.

just obey the rules



Everyone needs to pay special attention to rules 13, 38, 43, 47 , 53 and 79. These are known as the unwritten rules. Ignore them at your own peril.

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From the above, the most important rule:
Rule 12: The minimum number of bikes one should own is three. The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

I like the fact that this set of rules does not make you an instant pretentious ass unlike OREC.

Y’all need to get familiar with OREC

I like the fact that if you are a mountain biker, than for any of the rules you don’t like, you can always just say, aww, yeah I’m a mountain biker, that’s why my handlebar tape doesn’t match my saddle.
For all you poor sops who don’t have that to fall back on, between the OREC and these, that’s a lot of rules to follow.

“tires are to be mounted with the label centered directly over the valve stem. Pro mechanics do it because it makes it easier to find the valve. You do this because that’s the way pro mechanics do it.”

There is a contradiction between OREC and Velominati on the subject of bib colour:

Rule 14: Team-issue shorts should be black, with the possible exception of side-panels, which may match the rest of the team kit.

  1. The Euro Cyclist shall NEVER, under any circumstances, wear plain black spandex bibs (shorts, regardless of colour are BANNED) or ANY team kit containing non-prominent logos.