When riding in a group on the road it is important to be able to see what is coming up. As you already know, riding in a closely-knit pack with other cyclists on the road is by far and away much easier than riding alone. But it does present its own hazards.

You need to be able to see if there are any potholes, parked cars, etc., that could jeopardise your safety. That is you need to be able to see what lies ahead on the road. Often this is not easy if you are following 30 or 40 centimetres behind the rider in front.

The natural thing to do when riding in a group or pack of cyclists is to watch the back wheel of the cyclist in front of you. But this is not the best thing. How do you know that he/she is not just about to dodge a pothole and land you straight into it?

The answer is to look past the rear wheel of the rider in front and look through their legs to the road ahead. In that way, you can see what is coming up and you have less chance of having a nasty surprise.

Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than being confronted by a huge pothole just about to take your front wheel out.

Happy Cycling!
Howard Duhs