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More Biking Tips - Safety

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Obey traffic laws. Obey traffic laws while you're riding. They're for your safety (and tickets are very expensive!)
Over-communicate. When you're riding in a pack, make sure to use hand signals and your voice to communicate obstacles and when you're passing (“on your left!�)
Ride single file. If you're on a crowded roadway, ride single file.
Signal. Always signal to other riders and cars what you're doing.
Stay aware. When you're on your bike, make a point of paying attention to what's around you - cars, other riders, pedestrians, etc.
Stay on the right. Stay on the right side of the road, especially when you're turning.
Wear a helmet. Rule # 1. Always wear your helmet. In case your thinking of not wearing a helmet, please see Rule #1.
Wear sunscreen. It's always a good idea to wear sunscreen, and riding is no exception.
Bring water. Bring water bottles or a hydration pack to stay hydrated when you're biking.
Check your brakes. Before your head out, squeeze both of your brake levers to make sure they stop your wheels, and that you can comfortable reach the levers.
Check your tires. Before you head out on a ride, check to make sure your tires are filled with air. Make sure your wheels are securely fastened to your bike.
Grease your chain. Make sure to apply grease to your chain regularly (once a week) to keep it running smoothly over your gears.
Wear a helmet. Rule # 1. Always wear your helmet. In case your thinking of not wearing a helmet, please see Rule #1.
Wear sunscreen. It's always a good idea to wear sunscreen, and riding is no exception.
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