Mistakes Some Bikers Make
You have a reliable bicycle along with the necessary gear, and you’re familiar with the basic rules of the road. However, these alone don’t make you invulnerable to the potential inconveniences and dangers of bicycling. Many riders find out the hard way what traps await overeager beginners, but fortunately, you don’t have to. Below we’ve covered some of the most common mistakes new cyclists make – and simple fixes to make riding more safe and enjoyable.
Getting a Bike with a Bad Fit
When purchasing a new bike, you have to make absolutely sure that it fits you right. Otherwise, you’re in for a world of hurt and frustration. Two elements are key to getting the right fit: seat height and reach. You want the seat to be just high enough where your knee is kept slightly bent at the bottom of your pedal stroke. As for your reach, your arms and torso should be at a comfortable 45-degree angle over the bike when you’re holding the top of the handlebars. Always, always take a bike for a test ride before you buy it.
Slacking on Maintenance
When your bike breaks down, you go down. Prevent that from happening by conducting regular inspections and maintenance. You can easily learn basic maintenance and repairs yourself, saving you a bundle at the bike shop.
Not Carrying a Spare or a Patch Kit
A great ride can quickly turn into a huge bust if your tire flattens out and you have no means to fix it yourself. Having the proper tools on hand – spare, patch kit, levers, mini-pump – along with the repair know-how will allow you to get yourself back on the road in no time at all.
Not Using Your Gears
Gears can be your best friends or your worst enemies, depending on how good you are at shifting. Learn how to use them right and you’ll be able to climb the tallest hills and soar through long, rolling stretches.
Burning Out Too Fast
It’s great that you’re pumped up about riding. Go too hard and too fast early on, though, and you’ll burn out, not to mention put yourself at high risk of injury. Start small, build your strength, establish your rhythm, and give your body time to adjust to new distances.
This information has been brought to you by the experienced bicycle accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm. If you are ever in need of legal representation after a crash, call us at (800) 522-7274 for immediate assistance. We know the ins and outs of bicycle accidents, and have helped thousands of riders get fair compensation for their injuries. Let us fight for you.