As the summer approaches and the school year comes to a close, bicycling will become one of the most predominate activity that will take place over the next few months. However, although bicycling is a fun and very healthy activity for both kids and adults, it is essential to remember that a bicycle is a vehicle in itself. As such, one should keep in mind that the rules of the road should be followed at all times, and there are additional safety considerations to be made. Understanding and following the proceeding tips will make every rider safer, and keep bicycling an enjoyable and safe sport.
Safe Bike Riding Tips
- One should ensure that they are wearing a properly fitted helmet at all times. Not only is it important to have a helmet that fits properly, but it also essential that a bicyclist is wearing a helmet in general.
- Ensure proper fit of the bicycle to prevent any mishaps from occurring. In order to determine whether or not the bicycle is a proper fit, one must stand over the bicycle and make sure there is 1 – 2 inches between the individual and the tube bar. If one is using a mountain bike, this should be 3 – 4 inches. Additionally, the seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend when the individual’s leg is full extended. The handlebar height should also be the same level of the seat.
- All equipment must be checked in order to ensure that the bicycle will handle properly. For instance, tires should be properly inflated; brakes should be working, and so forth.
- No matter what time of day a bicyclist rides in, they must ensure that they will be seen by others. Wearing white, neon colors, fluorescent, or other bright colors is essential so that the bicyclist will be seen at all times. It is also recommended that flashing lights, reflective tape, or other items that reflect light be used. It is important to remember that even though a bicyclist may see the driver; this does not mean that the driver will be able to see the bicyclist.
- Proper control over the bicycle must be maintained at all times. This means that, when carry books and other items, they should be placed in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
- Above all else it is also important to stir clear of any type of road hazards. For instance, a bicyclist must take care to avoid potholes, loose gravel, broken glass, dogs, leaves, and other items that may be an obstruction or cause a fall.
- It is important to remember that riding at night can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided when possible.
Aside from these tips, it is also important to ensure that the bike itself is ready to ride. Giving a proper inspection before each ride, to make sure all parts are in working order is essential to preventing accidents and injuries.
Overall, one should follow these tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.
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