Do you enjoy riding your bicycle? Cycling is not only a great cardio workout but it also low impact. You can also cycle your way to weight loss too. Today, I wanted to share some bicycle safety rules that you and other bicycle riders should follow when they are out riding especially on the road.
Disclosure: I received the Fnova FN812 Dual-Section Infalation Mini Bike Pump for free in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Always Inspect Your Bicycle Before Riding Your Bicycle
Before riding your bicycle you should always inspect that bicycle to ensure that it is in proper working condition before going on a bike ride, even for short distances. Look for broken parts, the condition of your tires, determine that the tires are properly inflated, and that the brakes are properly working.
Take a Portable Air Pump with You on Long Bicycle Ride
What would happen if you developed a flat tire while you are out on your bike ride and weren’t close to home? Chances are you would probably have to call home and have someone come pick you up. However, if you carry the Fnova FN812 Dual-Section Inflation Mini Bike Pump, you don’t have to worry about being stuck again.
The Fnova mini bike pump easily attaches to your bike so that you can inflate your bike tires on the go. It is ultra light and super compact too. The Fnova bike pump is only 8.2 Inches long and weighs 5.4 oz. Don’t be fooled by its size, it can easily deliver 110 psi. It even has a flexible hose to make airing up your bike quick and easy. I was unable to easily get the hose pulled out with my hand. My oldest son had to use the pliers to loosen the hose. Make sure that you do that before heading out on your bike ride.
Always Wear a Bike Helmet
Always make sure that you always wear bicycle safety helmet. Choose one that fits properly. A helmet can prevent head injuries in an accident. Plus, most state and city laws now require all bicycle riders to wear a helmet, even small children.
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
There is nothing more harmful to our skin than getting a sunburn and being exposed to harmful UV radiation. Always choose a so good SPF sunscreen, 30 or higher that is sweat proof. Don’t forget to reapply it regularly, even if you don’t spend much time in direct sunlight and on cloudy days too. Sunscreen is also designed to help protect your skin from harmful UV rays that come through clouds and reflect off of glass and water too. Use lip balm regularly, preferably extra moisturizing and with SPF. Don’t spend long periods in direct sunlight, use sunglasses, hats, wear light colored clothes and cover your skin.
It is so important to stay hydrated while you are out riding. Do carry plenty of water with you. You can either use a water bottle that easily attaches to your bike or you can use a camelbak.
Watch for Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Stroke
Riding in the summer time when temperatures soar can lead to heat related illnesses. If you are stuck, out on the trail or away from home it is important that you monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion. Dismissing the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion can lead to a heat stroke or even death. According to WebMD, there are two types of heat exhaustion:
- Water depletion – Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
- Salt depletion -Signs include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness.
Do make sure that you wear light, breathable clothing while you are out riding.
Take Snacks With you on Long Bike Rides
I highly suggest that you take along some healthy snacks such as a protein bar, nuts, or one of your favorite snacks with you. This will help prevent exhaustion and help keep your energy levels up while you are riding.
Wear Proper Footwear
It is important to wear proper footwear when riding a bicycle. I remember growing up that I would ride my bike around barefoot. However, it wasn’t the wisest move in the event that I had to use my feet in order to stop a bicycle or if I got injured.
Do Carry a Cell Phone
If you are going to be out riding your bicycle for long periods of time, I highly suggest that you carry a cell phone with you in the event of an emergency. They do make cell phone holders for your cell phone so that you can easily see if someone is calling you without you dealing with distractions.
Wear Safety Vest When Riding at Night
Always wear a safety vest when you are riding at night. It makes it so much easier for cars to see you on the road even though most bicycles are equipped with safety reflectors.
Do you enjoy listening to music while you are riding your bike? Did you know that you can limit your ability to hear things going on around you if you have your music up too loud? Do make sure that you keep the music soft if you plan on listening to it while riding. Better yet, it would be better to use your cell phone out loud or a small portable speaker instead of using ear buds. If you are riding in the street, do make sure that you leave one ear bud out so that you can hear on coming traffic.
Keep your Eyes on the Road or Trail at All Times
It is super important to make sure that you keep your eyes on the road or trail at all times. This will help you watch for potential hazards.
All Bicycle Riders Must Follow the Same Rules as a Motor Vehicle
It is important to follow the rules of the road. Bicycles are technically a vehicle and must obey the same laws as all of the motor vehicles on the road. These rules also apply to children too.
- They must travel in the same direction as a motor vehicle.
- Stay on the proper side of the road when riding your bike.
- A bicycle rider must also obey traffic laws including using signals for turning, yield to on coming traffic, obey all traffic signals and signs, and follow the lane markings.
- Yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
- Stop at all stop signs.
- Slow down and look carefully before pulling out into an intersection that doesn’t have a stop sign.
- Ride in a straight line and don’t weave in and out of traffic.
- Be alert.
- Constantly scan for things in the road such as pot holes, cracks in the road, or other things in the road that can cause you to lose control of your bicycle.
- Always look before turning and use hand signals.
- Watch out for parked cars.