A Summary of 9 tips that Novice Cyclists need to Know

Millions ride bikes daily, and that number is bound to increase over time. Owing to the fact that most are newbies, accidents happen quite frequently. The fact that most share roads with motorists and pedestrians, does not make the situation any better. Thus, some take measures such as purchasing the best road bike helmets to keep their heads safe from impact. That, in combination with other safety measures helps towards achieving a safe riding experience.

Keep your head Protected at all Times

Of all the cycling deaths reported annually in the U.S, 60% are caused by head injuries. Amazingly, most of such deaths could be prevented by simply purchasing helmets that meet safety standards. As a matter of fact, plenty of states have laws touching on helmet certification. Buyers are therefore advised to check if their manufacturer of choice meets such requirements. When riding with kids, make sure they too have a helmet for kids

Pedaling in high gear for too long is Disastrous

While you might want to cruise at high speeds, pedaling in high gear for prolonged periods could lead to tension on your knees. Consequently, you might sustain injuries in the long term. To avoid such, alternate between high and low gears as deemed appropriate.

Climb Hills Under Little Pressure

Hill climbs are yet another instance where you could easily stress your knees. Make use of the low gears to maintain momentum without putting too much pressure on any parts of your lower body.

Get your Fitting Right

A slight maladjustment would translate into an uncomfortable experience and aches or pain in various places after the ride. Ward off such outcomes by fitting all accessories to the comfort of your body.

Choose the Right Saddle

Some are inclined to thinking more padding makes the seat comfortable. Astonishingly, a longer, less-padded saddle falls in favor of most. Nonetheless, you can test out a few before determining what best works for you.

Shift Positions as you Ride

Staying in a particular position for too long often triggers numbness. Good news is that one can avoid such through a few movements during the ride. For example, moving hands onto the bars and pushing your behind to the back of the saddle, works quite well.

Headphones are a big No!

Some people love listening to music as they ride. However, it should not go beyond a strap-on portable radio. Headphones could seem more convenient but their effects could be devastating. Imagine riding in complete oblivion of what is happening around you in terms of sound. A car might hoot, an ambulance would have its sirens blasting yet you would not hear any of those. Then, if they were too close, you might get hit.

Get Acquainted to the Rules

As mentioned, most riders share roads with motorists as well as pedestrians. So, one should take it upon themselves to get familiarized with road signs and rules. Such information is key towards determining what other road users intend to do. In the process, one gets to avert any collisions caused by ignorance.

Always keep your head Up

A simple obstacle could make a rider fall within seconds. It is however avoidable through staying vigilant and keeping eyes fixed in the road ahead. Also, if you have to glance sideways, make sure to first confirm the road straight ahead is clear.

Conclusion

As simple as they might seem, the tips listed could be of immeasurable help in achieving safety during rides. They do not only apply for novice riders but experienced riders as well.

 

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Wes Orloff: Supreme Momba

Current Rides: Buell XB road racer, Buell X1 lightning drag bike, KTM 525 SMC supermotard, Yamaha YZ426F supermotard, Duc 916, TL1000, Numerous Honda Scramblers, Yamaha OWO1, Honda C70 assport. 1 registered street plate (I’m not tellin’ which….I think I forgot)

Favorite Ride(s) And Why: Tie between Kevin Schwantz since I grew up idolizing him, and Mert Lawill because he is the rare combination of an innovative engineer and successful racer. Plus he was the star of my favorite movie.

Turn Ons: The smell of race gas in the morning, Vicadin, Roller Derby Girls, Pony’s and Kittens

Turn Offs: High Sides, Oil, 2nd place

Day Job: Middleweight Performance and Calibration Engineer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Describe your first time: It was in a school yard. Briggs and Stratton 3hp mini bikeChain fell off about every other lap. The speed was incredible…I could go faster than on my bicycle with substantially less effort! I was hooked…

Specialties: Painting crooked, mowing lawns, spending hours porting heads to actually flow less than stock

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