Summer is the perfect time to bust out those bicycles and get out the active wear. The perfect time to start working on that workout routine that you might have been putting off until now. If you plan on heading out for a cycle around your neighborhood or are planning to teach your children how to ride a bicycle this year then there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. Safety is the most important part of any activity, so let’s talk about some of the precautions you can take to reduce a risk of injury.
Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. This one is important for obvious reasons. You want to make sure that you’re protecting your head, but how can you do that if your helmet isn’t fitted to your head properly? There’s a possibility that the helmet will fall off if it doesn’t fit correctly, and that can create many safety risks. Especially make sure that your child’s helmet is fitted before they take off!
Adjust your bicycle fit. Another important fit to have is to make sure that your bicycle fit is adjusted for you. There should be allowed 1-2 inches between you and and the top bar when using a road bike and 3-4 inches when using a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
Check your equipment. Something that a lot of people likely forget to do before they set out is to check their tires. Make sure the tires on your bike aren’t flat, and more importantly, check the tires on your child’s bicycle to make sure those aren’t flat either. The last thing you want is to get stuck with a flat during a ride.
See and be seen. Make sure that you or your child are visible to those around you and that everyone is paying attention to their surroundings. A lot of accidents can be avoided if you are aware of what is going on around you and if you are visible to others on the road. Whether it be other bikers or those in vehicles.
Avoid riding at night. This is especially important for children. Do not allow your child to ride their bike after sunset if not accompanied by an adult. Make sure that your bicycle is equipped with the proper reflectors at night or a light to signal that you are on the road/sidewalk. Also make sure that you wear something that can be easily seen by others.
There are plenty of other tips and precautions that you can take in order to prevent risk of injury. Make sure that you do the proper research in order to get the maximum safety for both you and your family.