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BUG RIDE RULES

RISKS

Cycling is normally an enjoyable and exciting activity, and we aim to make it so for all our ride participants. However, like many recreational activities that require physical exertion, cycling carries with it the risk of physical injury. By joining a Orange BUG ride ...

"The Rider acknowledges and agrees that participation in cycling is inherently dangerous and that he/she participates in the Ride at his/her own risk. The risks associated with participating in Orange BUG rides include but are not limited to the risk that:

  • the Rider may be involved in a collision with people, animals, vehicles and/or other objects;

  • the Rider may lose his/her balance;

  • the Rider may suffer from the effects of heat, cold, wind, rain and other weather conditions;

  • the Rider may suffer from physical exertion;

  • the Rider may become separated from the cycling group; and

  • the Rider may fall from your bicycle,

These risks may result in the Rider suffering harm including but not limited to physical or mental injury, disability, property damage and economic loss, or in extreme cases even death. There are other risks to which you may be exposed. 

It is the Rider’s responsibility to ensure that he/she wears appropriate clothing and safety equipment, including an Australian standard cycling helmet at all times during the Ride while riding a bicycle."

We highly recommend obtaining insurance to cover these unlikely circumstances. Such insurances are available via the membership of Bicycle NSW or other cycling bodies.

AGREEMENT & ESSENTIALS

By participating in the cycling activities provided by the Orange Bicycle User Group, you agree:​

  • That you participate at your own risk

  • That the agreement for services provided to you by the Orange  Bicycle User Group does not include any implied or expressed warranty and that the services of the Orange  Bicycle User Group will be rendered with due care and skill.

To help make Orange BUG rides a safe and enjoyable experience, we do ask that you observe the following "terms and conditions" of our rides.

 

Ride Participants Must

  • Wear a standards approved helmet whilst riding

  • Ensure their bike is road worthy (see notes below)

  • Obey the road rules

  • Obey directions of the ride leader

  • Sign on to the ride, noting and accepting the risk warning and providing an off-ride emergency contact

  • Check the ride details beforehand to ensure they are capable of completing the ride as described, based on distance, elevation gained and planned pace (refer to the Ride Grade page for details)

  • Bring their own water, any snacks and money required

  • Be responsible for any children under their care (see Children on Rides below)

 

Roadworthy Bicycle

  • Working brakes – check that your brake pads are not worn down and you can stop the bike rolling

  • Check your brakes after reinserting any wheels into the frame!​

  • Tyres in good condition (no splits or cracks; no protrusions) and pumped up within recommended limits (check sidewall of the tyre)

  • Gears change smoothly and when you direct them to

  • Wheels are firmly attached to the bike (check those quick release levers!)

  • Frame is not cracked or rusty

  • If you aren’t sure we recommend taking your bicycle to the local bicycle shop well in advance of the ride. 

CHILDREN ON RIDES

Under the Child Protection Act any organizer of an event has a higher duty of care to children under 13 even if that child is under the direct control of a parent or guardian. And as such children under 13 cannot be accommodated on rides unless they are in a child seat on their parent's bike or are being towed in a trailer or tag-along. Children from 13 to 18 need to ride with their parent or guardian and remain under the control of that parent or guardian for the duration of the ride.

FAQs

Tri Bikes
With Tri bikes we do ask that when riding in close proximity to other riders that you stay up on the hoods/bar and not on the tri bars just so you can brake quickly if required.
There will be stages of the ride where you can go it alone before a regroup, during which you are welcome to use your tri bars.
This is for everyone's safety.

e-Bikes
e-bikes are welcome on our rides. we do ask that you ride within the group except in sections the ride leader designates as "go your own pace", such as hills or long straight sections before regroups. However, if you do go ahead and get lost the ride leader is not obligated to try and find you.
 
Water
Carry water with you and drink on a regular basis i.e. don’t wait until you are thirsty.  Half a litre per hour is a good rule of thumb; more in summer.
For rides over about 50kms or in warmer months, include an electrolyte type drink for some of your liquid intake. Some of these may be added via tablet or powder into your water.

Other Recommendations
Not compulsory but worth carrying a basic toolkit or multi-tool, and possibly a small chain to lockup your bike at the coffee shop to prevent the opportunistic thief.

You should use enclosed shoes or cycling specific (cleated) sandals to protect your feet and provide extra grip on the pedals.