One of the largest hurdles people face when they are deciding whether or not to ride their bike to work is a lack of safety. Riding your sub 20 pound bicycle in a world of 2-ton SUV’s can indeed be dangerous. While a helmet is always a good idea, your most important safety device is hidden underneath it – your brain. Here are a couple of good things to think about while riding in traffic.
First Relax… riding a bike is supposed to be fun. Teaching a kid to ride takes patience on your part. As every parent knows kids are not going to learn until they want to. So don’t get frustrated or expect them to get it right off the bat. The most important thing is that your child feels comfortable on the bike and knows how to balance. With enough practice, they’ll feel more confident and learn to do the final steps pretty quickly. Some older kids can learn in a matter of minutes, but younger children may need to progress over a longer periods of time. No matter the age, using the progression of skills below will get them riding.
Riding a bike seems simple enough, but there’s a few items of equipment that can help you ride more safely, fix some common maintenance issues, and just enjoy yourself more.
They’re called the dog days of summer, those blistering afternoons in July and August when the summer sun beats down unmercifully. And while summer is often the perfect time to get out on your bike, riding when the thermometer is pegged in the red can also be dangerous.
Watching someone get into cycling is one of the real joys of cycling. Watching them learn how to avoid cars, bunny hop, or fall over stuck to their clipless pedals can be heartwarming. A common question we have all asked at one time is “how do I stop _________ from hurting on a longer ride”? Here are a couple of tips to keep your body feeling fresh as the miles pile up progressing from head to toe.