Cycling Safety Guide
Cycling safety comes when deciding to ride a bicycle, regardless of the type of mount we use, we must be aware that we carry a vehicle and as such we assume a responsibility, both personally and for other users.
So for those who are new, the Cycling Safety Guide should be followed. This will enable the rider to make the necessary decisions.
Security is essential so that our experience is optimal and allows us to enjoy. In addition, on many occasions, we do it accompanied by children, which means greater responsibility. Therefore, it is essential to take into account a series of basic safety aspects:
Before any bike trip, the helmet is essential (always of the right size and well placed), otherwise our safety would be reduced.
clothing and Footwear
Clothing and footwear suitable for cycling. It may seem that any sportswear may be suitable, but it is not so. For example, the culotte with his pad protects us when sitting in the saddle or the gloves are essential to avoid rubbing when grabbing the handlebars.
Be visible, especially on the road. We must try to leave during the day, avoiding sunrise and sunset. In case you have to do it, become as visible as possible.
Respect of Traffic Rule
Respect the safety regulations. Do not forget that you carry a vehicle and therefore you must behave as such; Respect traffic signs and traffic lights.
Concept of road
Find a route that is as safe as possible and that suits your physical level.
A custom bike is one of the most important aspects in terms of safety. Both the size of the bicycle and its placement should be as appropriate to our body measurements, not only for comfort but as prevention of injuries.
Check your bike before any departure.
When you pass through areas where cars are parked, try not to go too close , as there is a risk that the doors will suddenly open and a dangerous fall will occur.
Learn to use bicycle changes
When there is no experience, inadequate developments are often used that hinder our departure by bicycle, also generating greater wear than necessary. As an orientation, we can mark as appropriate cadence between 70 and 90 pedals per minute.
Learn the basic techniques
On flat ground we must adjust the pace to our capacity; This is usually easy on this type of terrain. Take the opportunity to use the most appropriate development.
when the cyclist does not have much experience, the common mistake is usually to increase the pace to start climbing and adjust the change when we are already climbing; This makes us begin the rise more forced than we should, reducing our capacity from the beginning.
When we face a climb, we must keep up, adjusting development to our capacity, as well as the slope of the climb. When we change development / dish, we must avoid doing so with the chain in maximum tension.
These types of actions, in addition to not forcing the transmission of our bicycle, will make our effort dosed, maintaining a rhythm appropriate to our physical condition.
It is the moment that requires less physical effort, but we must give it the importance that it has, since in this type of terrain we can find many difficulties and dangers.
The cyclist’s position on the bike on the descent must be relaxed, but with a firm handlebar grip. The hands must be prepared at all times to be able to brake if necessary. In addition, we must know how our bike reacts when braking, so it is important to put it into practice before.
Depending on what specialty we practice, the bicycle technique will require different adaptations. The braking must be in greater percentage with the rear brake, otherwise we can suffer a fall.
Complying with the Cycling Safety Guide will reduce our risk. The bike ride will be safe and pleasant.