How To Ride Your Bike And Not Be An Idiot: Pandemic Edition

As cyclists we abide by the rules of the road, as well as an unwritten code of conduct that influences our behaviour out on the bike. These rules help us get along with other cyclists and road users but, during these unprecedented times, it’s become more important than ever that we act as good ambassadors for the sport whilst out enjoying our rides!

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  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Global Cycling Network

    What are your top tips for safe and responsible riding during the pandemic?
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Michael Patrick

    Lots of little kids out on first bikes on multi-purpose trails. SLOW down, give them room and say an encouraging word as you EASE past them. I'm certain there are no competitions being held on these trails and riding at low boil for 10-15 seconds on a 2-3 hour ride isn't going to keep you from winning the Tour.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Richard Kemp

    I ride several different bikes and dress differently for whatever reason. People in lycra only wave when I'm on my road bike and dressed as they are, and that's when it doesn't interfere with their PR. If I'm on my hybrid, wearing shorts and a T-shirt I'm not worth even a glance up from the Garmin. There's some right arseholes on aero carbon.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56


    If you get a flat and change out the tube, pick it up and dispose of it don't just leave it on the road, or hanging on a fence. I've seen this more than normal since the pandemic started. Put a knot in it, so you know it's punctured, and put it in your back pocket and deal with it at home.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Marcus Dance

    Don't mean to sound rude but with the amount of cyclists on the road don't really want to spend all my time weaving, nodding saying hi!
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Avery Abbott

    With more solo riding going on, having a dedicated "SAG" buddy is worth remembering as well, especially if you're able to share your planned route and timeline or live tracking with that buddy.
    I know, I know, nobody wants to risk more social contact than necessary, but you still need to have someone who can help you out when you're 25 miles from home and you bend a rim or crack a fork.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Charlie Malone

    This is great advice. It would be great if you could make a more general video, for when we're off our bikes. There are a lot of folks here in the US that would benefit from instructions on how not to be idiots during the pandemic.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56


    this video should be watched by most of roadies in London who too often think they are at the tour de france
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    pema gyalpho

    how to shot wile riding cycling
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Paul Goodall

    F**k you must be bored,surprised you didnt advise the wearing of a face mask due to the current situation!!talk about excessive PC!!
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Max Craven

    Snocket rocket???????🤨🤔
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Mr Pepper

    GCN presenters wearing gloves 🧤 - when did not wearing gloves become a thing? 🤔
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Heather Spoonheim

    Take extra water! I just did a big ride that was routine last summer. I got to the mid-point, where I had been used to refilling my bottles at a public faucet. Well, public faucet was disconnected, and I didn't want to hit a random shop, far from home, so I was a bit parched by the time I got back.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Gino Conte

    Does anyone actually take a pump & tube out? Far too much to carry 🤭
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Mr .Creosote

    How does me riding carefully, stop drivers over taking me on blind corners? how does me riding carefully stop cars parking on double yellow lines on both sides of the road? how does me riding carefully stop vans the width of the road approaching me a speed and forcing me off the road? how does me riding carefully stop drivers overtaking me and immediately turning left? how does me riding carefully stop fly tippers dumping and blocking roads? how does me riding carefully stop drivers from the left shooting across roundabouts? how does me riding carefully stop drivers parking on corners? how does me riding carefully stop drivers driving on the pavement? how does me riding carefully stop drivers parking on blind spots? how, how, how.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Secret Brad

    One of the best tips is DO NOT RIDE IN DENBIGHSHIRE particularly around Rhyl. I have recently moved from Conwy, majority courteous, polite and understanding of each other’s needs, whether it be motorists or pedestrians. Denbighshire however it matters not whether I use the road or the cycle track I get significant abuse. I try to be an understanding rider, always give way to others, even if it’s gonna wreck my strava time, shame the people of Denbighshire can’t do the same! Great content as always guys!
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Joanet Montserrat

    Wheelsuckers it is not your time!!
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Scott Beharrell Bono

    Wait a second, at 0.51, arent those glasses de ones Ollie customised/painted white in the March video??
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    John Sergeant

    Love how posh this white guy is. Keep it up, great work
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Kenneth McCoy

    I always give a pass to people who don't wave back since one never knows the shit they may be dealing with at the time. Never assume negative when the reality is often quite different.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    david burgess

    Have taken to carrying all kinds of spares Including a new folding tire, 2 tubes, patches, 3 or 4 Co2, pump, multi tool with chain tool. I get lots of punctures. Track bike reduces potential mechanicals. Lots of water and energy bars in hydration pack. Always ride solo.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Kashif Yousuf

    96 Americans (and counting) disliked this video
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Naomi Scott

    Never forget to plug charger on your electric road bikes before a cycling competition and using your blood in refrigerators after tests. Drug before working out is a tradition.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Chance Brown

    I’m so tired of hearing about this damn coronavirus everywhere I go!
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Marc Linsmaier

    Ask if you might help, if you see an other cyclist having a breakdown. That is very common in Germany. And I think in UK too.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56


    As well as a wide berth when passing pedestrians and other cyclists I’ve been wearing a neck tube over my mouth and nose, the science tells us that this gives protection to other people and not so much to the wearer. I’ve certainly been getting a lot of positive gestures when passing pedestrians, I think it also shows respect and understanding. Certainly not seen many cyclists if any wearing any sort of face covering.
    The only downside is the lack of Oxygen getting through the neck tube, but I look at it as getting altitude training on the cheap😂😂
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Graham Barker

    lmao...….this is any time of year pandemic or not....if you've got the best bike on the road, worth thousands...nod or wave to every other cyclist...even if they are on an old banger...they are on your many stuck up their own arse cyclists out there....hate them, cycling snobs with drop handle bars and flashy sunglasses...always hope they will get a puncture and ask me for assistance, guess what im going to say.....
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    adel uae

    There is something called Tissue, you can use it for your runny nose. :)
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56


    Be prepared: take mask in your pocket. You never know, when you need it: unexpected situation could come, you may need to stop at a gas station, etc.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56


    How to be an idiot, follow all of guidelines blindly.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Robby Herron

    Got to admit I'm at fault for the "Going flat out" one. Hit a descent in the drops on Monday, came up the following hill going faster than normal and I just didn't turn. Thankfully I rode off into the grass and then safely onto the sidewalk. Could've been worse, considering I could've hit a road sign.
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56


    not good to call my family? but I live with them...
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Simon Valentine

    Can you tell me why as a car /van driver I give room to bikes but as soon as they catch you up at the traffic lights they come past on the inside at 30 plus miles per hour past you only being a few inches away but if you recover take them close they singe and moan anyone got an answer please
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    martin berry

    There are ALOT of cyclists not following the rules, group rides and no social distancing
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Mace Ojala

    Lycra was already mentioned in this episode, so I'll use the opportunity: could you please do an episode or two about why people wear the contemporary cycling kit with the pants and the shirt? And maybe also shed some light why such an abomination became first of acceptable in public, let alone normalized and even desirable‽ Isn't it just easier to go with whatever you've got on rather than dress up for it? What is the status of of human clothes and attire that are also fine for serious cycling? Does the sausage-outfit make a cyclist faster because they want to hurry back home sooner and slip into something more civil?

    I'm kind of joking but also kind of not. I'm sincerely curious why don't people wear people clothes? Isn't the kit itself kind of bad manners? I have no issue with the socks tho, they are fine.

    Thanks, take care and ride every day (regulations allowing) :) GCN is fun, informative and inspiring channel I enjoy it very much. Just imagine if people had decent clothes on... 😉
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    j en

    thoughtful advice. this is no time to take risks. i always hated wheelsuckers. now, they present even more of a risk to safety. it's still happening. my advice is: although my "mighty" speed inspires you, please stay off my wheel. we are strangers. i do not know you, nor you I, and the risk of crashing, in traffic, is significantly increased. Whilst I am flattered, especially in my late 50's that you consider me a challenge, I suggest you keep your ego in check, for everybody's sake ( wheelsuckers, not Hank )
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56

    Mahjoub Salih

    Well Those were very Important tips Thank you 👌 ...
    I believe you should also Help Other Cyclists if they're in trouble and they Need spares it does happen a lot in my area where %80 of the Road aren't paved so you'll have to stay alert as much as possible....And Again than you for the tips and I'll Apply all of them next time when I go for a Ride.💝
  • Posted: May 23, 2020 08:56


    I love road and mountain bike riding and go 2-3 times a week, but it does drive me nuts when you see two or more guys riding side by side talking away on narrow roads, all the while holding up a line of cars behind them. To me it just makes all of us cyclists look like selfish idiots.

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