Riding a bicycle is one of the most fun and healthy ways to exercise and get from one place to another. Of course, many people use it as a leisure exercise and it can be quite enjoyable, especially if you join a mountain biking group. However, when it comes to cycling, it can also be quite dangerous. So, in this article we will be looking at a few tips and guidelines that you should consider to ensure that you enjoy cycling while being safe.
The most important thing that you should do before you get on your bike is ensure that you have a properly fitted helmet and the right clothes to go biking with. You should definitely wear padded shorts, especially if you expect to be cycling for a long time. Your helmet should be sturdy and crack free to ensure that it will adequately protect your head from injury. You should also wear knee and elbow pads which will also ensure your safety throughout your ride. If you plan on cycling in the evening, night or early morning when its still somewhat dark, then you need to make sure that the reflectors on your bike are working properly. You should also wear reflective clothing that makes you stand out so that cars and other vehicles can see you, even in dark conditions.
If you are cycling on a road with cars, then it is essential that you act as though you are a car. This means that you should use hand signals for drivers that are behind you to indicate if you are going left, right or stopping. You should also obey all the traffic laws and traffic lights as well as try to make your riding predictable for other drivers. This is necessary because unlike other drivers, you don’t have the body of a car to protect you!
Lastly, always make sure to thoroughly check your bike to ensure that it is mechanically sound and in good condition before taking it on the road. This is essential so that you don’t experience any difficulties on the road and become stranded. If that still happens, make sure to also have your phone with you to call for help.
In closing, we have just looked at a few tips and guidelines to help you be safer while using your bike. Once you follow the above tips, I am certain that you will have a safe and enjoyable time riding your bike.