Fresh Start Adventure Series – Mettle to the Pedals! Part 3

Part 3 Safety First (or third as it were)!

So important with any sport, but especially one where you are moving at high speeds in and around vehicles in non-optimal conditions – SAFETY! I can’t stress it enough – be visible, make eye contact with drivers, use your head (the head that will be encased in a good quality NEW and approved cycling helmet), and plan for the unexpected!

Safety/Riding Tips:

  • Stay Steady and Stay Lose —For slippery stretches riders should slow down and stay loose. Brake only on the rear wheel to avoid spinouts on slick surfaces. And be prepared to take your feet off the pedals if the bike starts to fishtail or tilt.
  • Eyes EVERYWHERE —Cars are less aware of bikers in the winter. Ride defensively. Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Beware of Black Ice – Black ice forms when snow has melted and refrozen. It can be incredibly dangerous, so it’s important to be prepared. If you happen to find yourself on black ice, don’t panic, just stay steady and ride slowly through it. If you fall, keep in mind that at least your layered cloths will soften the blow.
  • Drink Up – In winter, you can reach dehydration long before you start to feel thirsty. While the cooler temps may not make you feel like you’re dehydrating, the reality is that biking is an aerobic activity and the outside temperature has little effect on the amount of water your body loses.
  • Keep out of the Curb – In winter conditions, the immediate curb area is where snow accumulates, gets plowed over, melts, freezes and generally becomes an uneven mess of ridges, road debris and ice. Try for pavement Seek out the pavement and don’t be afraid to take a lane.
  • Don’t Deny Yourself a Much-needed Rest – If you find yourself too tired to remain two tired, there is always public transit. Most transit makes room for bikes and their riders. It’s a good idea to bike near a bus route should the commute prove too long in the snow.
  • Keep it Cool – It’s best to give your bike a cleaning after subjecting it to all that road guck, but let’s face it, who has time for that. If you need to store your bike without cleaning it, your best bet is to store at a cooler temperature like underground parking, garage or utility area. Also, keep your chain and gear cassette lubricated for best operation.
  • Put your Mettle to the Pedals – Now get out there and have the ride of your life – safely.

If you have started a bike to work journey we would love to hear about it.

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