If you ride two way trails, please take the time to learn proper trail etiquette in terms of hand signals. When a responsible rider puts up two fingers, they're not flashing you the peace sign. They are communicating to you that there are two more riders coming behind them, so exercise caution!
For example, if you are riding in a group of three people, the leader should flash on-coming riders two fingers, the 2nd guy one finger (middle finger not advisable) and finally the last guy should flash a closed fist (no more riders in their group).
Another, less complicated approach is instead of trying to remember how many are behind you and having to hold that many fingers up, just point your thumb to the area behind you. Then, when the last rider in the group comes along, he can give the closed fist (no more in their group) to any on coming riders.
This solves a couple of issues; only the lead and sweep need to do anything, AND there is little room for error (lead just has to point his thumb, doesn't need to count....this is particularly useful if a few riders catch up to your group).
Nobody wants a head-on collision and hand signals are one of the ways to help minimize accidents. If you're hard charging around blind corners on 2-ways trails or simply not paying attention, watch the video below. Life changing events can happen in seconds.
Do you have a different method that works? Hit us up in the comments section below!
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