5 Tips of Safe and Smart riding
- As easy as A,B,C. Before any ride, give your bike a quick 3 part check to make sure it is ready to go. Air (make sure the tires are properly inflated), Brakes (make sure the breaks work and that the brake pads are not worn out), Chain (make sure the chain isn't rusted or jammed).
- Get proper gear. Just like running, having proper cycling gear helps to minimize the chances of injury and ensure a more enjoyable experience. This does not mean buying the most expensive gear out there, but finding the gear that is right for your cycling goals. Getting your bike properly fit to your body is a quick and painless process that will make your time in the saddle much more comfortable.
- Safety is key! We all know that wearing a bike helmet is a no-brainer, but you should also check to make sure that your other safety gear works well. Reflectors (for both your bike and body), lights, and bright colors are important factors in making sure you don't get hit (and need that fancy helmet to protect you).
- Know your basics. Get to know your basic bike traffic laws, hand signals, and common verbal commands so you can best communicate with the cars and other bikes on the road.
- Bring friends. Not only is riding in a group more fun, but it provides more visibility for other vehicles on the road. Be sure to follow the rules of group riding and properly hazards within the group. Riding with buddies can also be really helpful if either one of you has a mechanical problem with your bike or a crash.
What is your favorite form of cross training? Any other recommendations for safe cycling?