Bike safety tips: 10 ideas for staying safe on the bike

Each state has rules that ensure the safety of cyclists. You must read and memorize these rules. You are responsible for your safety and that of other road users.

The pandemic has increased the number of cyclists on the road. We saw more and more bikes as people searched for ways to stay active and healthy. Unfortunately, more bicycles meant more fatal bicycle accidents and bicycle-related injuries. Cyclists face serious risks when cycling downtown, on a nature trail, bike path, or around the neighborhood. Issues such as reckless driving, dangerous lane changes, visibility, cruising speed, or cycling in traffic with little experience exacerbate cycling risks. So how do you cycle safely?

I am going to list ten safety tips to keep in mind when riding a bike.

Don’t drop your helmet

Helmets minimize the risk of serious injury and death in the event of a bicycle accident. Always wear your helmets. It doesn’t matter if it’s a road, commuter or motorized bike.

When you buy a helmet, check the sticker. Check if the helmet offers maximum protection in case of injury. Also pay attention to CPSC, ASTM, Snell or ANSI labels. The labels show that it meets safety standards. If you have a used helmet, make sure it’s in perfect condition.

Be aware of blind spots

Sneaky drivers are always looking for ways to maneuver and avoid traffic. These drivers are looking for a way out by pushing their vehicles out of the driveway. Therefore, approach these conductors with caution.

You will need to be extra careful when riding bikes with limited visibility or maneuverability. A chopper bike is a perfect example. of a bike with limited visibility and maneuverability. Chopper bikes, especially those with exaggerated monkeys, keep your hand at eye level. Monkeys can restrict your visibility when riding a bike. Also, the weight up front makes fast turns difficult. Due to its forward weight, avoid situations that force sharp turns.

Reflective clothing

Drivers should notice you. Drivers do not intentionally ignore cyclists. They naturally seek out large objects while driving. Therefore, put on reflective and colored clothing to stay visible. Remember that most roads do not have dedicated cycle lanes. You will use the same lanes with drivers who might not notice you. But with shiny, reflective clothing, they will spot you.

protect your skin

Your clothes will not prevent UV rays from damaging your skin. Not unless you put on high SPF protective gear. While you ride your bike, you expose your skin to the sun’s harmful rays. Overexposure to these rays can damage and age your skin. Therefore, always put on high SPF clothes, cover your head, wear sunglasses, and put on high SPF sunscreen.

Bring a patch kit

Bike path; image by Flo Karr, via

You will need to be prepared to deal with any punctures or breakdowns that may occur while you are riding your bike. Make sure your repair kit contains a puncture repair kit, multi-tool, spare inner tube, mini-pump, folding spare tire and tire levers. They will come in handy when you are cycling long distances.

Signal, signal and signal

Use your hand to communicate while riding your bike. Signal that you are turning. Also signal to other road users when they stop or slow down. Always signal a driver before passing, when approaching a blind spot or meeting other road users.

Also, keep eye contact with drivers. Don’t assume they will notice you.

Solve all mechanical problems on your bike

Before you go on a bike ride, check your bike. Check if the brakes work.

Inflate the tires. Adjust the seat to a comfortable height and at leg level. Assess the gears and chains and check your helmet or riding gear for damage.

Stay on dedicated bike lanes

Some municipalities have built lanes for cyclists. Take advantage of these routes. Use the cycle path at all times.

Focus on the road

Minimize distractions while cycling. Hold the bars while riding, except when giving signals. Put away all electronics and pay attention to the road. Carry water bottles that are easy to flip and use with one hand. Always keep an eye out for cars approaching you. This will help you make turns safely. Also, flow with the traffic. Don’t drive against him.

Memorize the rules of the bike

Each state has rules that ensure the safety of cyclists. You must read and memorize these rules. You are responsible for your safety and that of other road users.

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Cycling is good for our mental and physical health. However, bicycles expose us to many life-threatening injuries as we share the road with other road users. The number of bicycle-related accidents continues to rise as more and more people embrace the cycling lifestyle. However, if we deliberately try to drive safely, we will reduce these cases and promote a healthy population. Before setting off, set your bike for the road. Also, put on the right gear and obey all the rules of the road and cyclists.

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