Here are a few of the more common hand signals for use during group rides. If you have any others, please let us know. We're all trying for a safe ride and being able to communicate while on the road is a crucial part of making it home safely. Before every ride, I also like to make mention of any road conditions we know of or suspect in addition to letting everyone know that THERE IS NO SHAME IN LAGGING BEHIND. When on a group ride, I constantly worry about someone's ego writing a check their riding skills can't cash. If you aren't feeling good about the tempo, slow down and let others pass if necessary. I'll usually slow the pace a bit and let trailing riders catch up periodically, this way, we don't get too far seperated that a crash would go un-noticed for long. Cop: Tap Helmet repeatedly for 5 seconds or so Safe to Pass: Hold left arm straight out at about the 10 o?clock position. I?ve found this very useful when others get ahead while in traffic on a 2 lane road with limited visibility as far as oncoming traffic goes. As you know there is nothing more frustrating than being stuck behind a Winnebago in a great twisty area and not knowing if it?s safe to pass. The rider in front of you can see a lot more than you can and can assist to a great degree when confronted with a situation like that. Not Safe to Pass: Hold left arm straight out at about an 8 o?clock position. This obviously goes hand in hand with the above. If the rider ahead of you passes and realizes that there may not be enough room for others to safely follow he does this. Or if he?s got his arm up in the Safe to Pass position and then lowers it to the Not Safe position it lets you know that there is traffic coming and you should either not pass or grab a handful and watch out if you?re mid pass. Slow Down: Waving the left arm slowly up and down at your side with the palm down. Debris in Road: Depending on the situation either pointing to it on the left side with your left hand or sticking you?re right leg out to indicate debris on the right. If it?s mid corner legs could be used for either side. Turning Around: Left hand up in the air with the hand and index finger spinning circles at the wrist and elbow. This is to avoid getting T-Boned by someone behind you who is not sure of what you?re doing. Need Gas: Point to your Tank.