( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2016-10-21 12:11:19 )
Safety is the most important thing while cycling. What fun is it if you risk your health? Injuries, traumas, etc. are something we must avoid in all circumstances.
In this article we will give you five tips that will help keep you (and others) safe on the road.
Always Wear Safety Gear
Yes, always when you are riding your bike - be it a casual fun ride with your friends, daily commute to work/school or racing - always wear safety gear.
Safety gear includes helmet, knee pads, a pair of gloves and proper shoes. Shoes designed for cycling will suit you best, but unless it’s a race or sport, you can manage with any other shoes (just remember that they must be a good fit on your feet.)
One of the most important ways to stay out of trouble is to be visible to other riders, traffic and pedestrians. Always be visible to others in your vicinity so that you can avoid a collision or an accident. Being visible will help you avoid accidents significantly.
Ride on the road, leave the footpath for the pedestrians. Also, if you are riding in the city, then use a light so that traffic from the opposite direction can see you.
Learn To Brake Right
Many experts would suggest to use both the breaks. While this works well for beginners, advanced cyclist make use of the front brake mostly. Initially, make a habit of using both the breaks and gradually use mostly the front brake for optimal braking.
For sudden halts, use both the brakes.
If the road is slippery, use the rear brake.
If you are using the front brake, lean back so that the bike won’t topple. Front brake is the most effective to use when there’s a need to stop suddenly. Also remember to look over your shoulder and make sure there’s no traffic behind you when you come to a sudden stop.
Follow Road Rules
You as a cyclist are no less than other cars and bikes on the road. Hence, you must be as responsible as the other traffic and strictly follow road rules and the local laws. Doing this is crucial for yours as well as other’s safety.
Ride at speeds you are comfortable with. Look over your shoulder when changing lanes or taking a turn. Use hand gestures to communicate with the other traffic. And most importantly, in a state of emergency, trust your instinct.
This last one is a tip, but not for safety: whenever you get on your bike, savour every bit of the ride, of the fresh air, of the speed, of a feeling of freedom, and just have fun. When you follow these tips and feel safe, the fun factor will increase manifolds! Happy and Safe riding to you!