If you are going to work, you will most likely follow the streets in the city where there will heavy loads of traffic. But for those who want to ride on the streets, these points below are very pertinent.
Here are some tips to have a safe ride or commute.
Ride like you’re invisible.
Know when there are cars that are coming your ways, they’ll still pull out in front of you or something. This is called Anticipation.
Make yourself Open.
Wear a bright colored style of clothing and also a reflective strip. Make sure you are using Lights and also there should be reflectors on your bicycle. Just do what you have to do to get visible.
I like to have a front light and a flashing tail light on my bike, and then these things called AthLights attached to my clothing.
(Removing reflectors from a newly purchased bike is common, but it isn’t a great idea.)
Act like a car when it is approaching a junction or traffic light. Always try to be in the middle lane. This is important because when there is a traffic, you can go easily pass through the vehicles at your both sides.
Do not stop for one reason or the other and move out of your lane. This is very dangerous.
Do not get too close to cars whether they are parked or not. They are very dangerous because it is like when cars are moving. Car doors might just get opened without your knowledge and you know what that means.
So stay out in the lane. But make sure you look at the drivers head to see if there is an opened opportunity.
Use Your Hands For Signals
Do a left turn, then a right turn, and finally a stop. This way, drivers would notice that there is someone close to them and will give you respect for that.
Top priority, though, is to keep your hands on the bar when necessary for control.
Don’t Eat During Riding
For most rides when you start out, perhaps up to one hour long, you’ll just need a water bottle.
Your body can store more than enough calories to power you for a one hour ride, so there’s no need to carry food for a one hour ride.
But you will want to carry about 16oz of water with you in order to stay hydrated.
So never you try to eat while riding. It’s very dangerous. If you plan do so, then follow principles below to get most out of it
Now, if you plan to ride longer than that (maybe you’re training to do a century or charity ride,) you will have to eat and drink during the ride.
For rides 2-5 hours long, what you need to think about is how much to eat and drink per hour.
Generally, most cyclists will consume about 16oz of fluid per hour. They will also take in roughly 250 calories per hour, from sports drinks and/or food.
Good food choices for your rides:
- Fig Newtons
- PayDay candy bar
- Granola bar
- PB & J sandwich
- Crystal Light mix
Those are all easy to find products at most grocery stores. Of course, there are specialty foods as well – energy bars, energy gels, some energy candies, and of course, many sports drinks.
The only real reason to buy these specialty products is for convenience. Energy bars are not a requirement for bike riding, so don’t feel obligated to spend lots of money on things like Powerbars and GU energy gels.
Just be sure to eat and drink as needed so you don’t run out of energy and feel like crap while you’re out riding.