Bicycle safety begins with having a well functioning bike and the right gear. Before you take to the streets, you should always inspect your bike to make sure that it is in proper working order. In addition to a sound bike, you also need to make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing and a properly fitted helmet.
Bike and Equipment
A bicycle should be adjusted to the individual rider. A properly adjusted bicycle makes riding more pleasurable and safer.
Adjusting Your Bike
A road bike that is appropriate for your height, is one where there is a 1 to 2 inch gap between you and the top bar. This distance should increase to 3 to 4 inches if you are riding a mountain bike. In addition to setting the correct height you should also position the seat so that it is level front to back. You will know that the seat height is correct when there is still a slight bend to your knee when the pedal is at its furthest distance. Once the seat height is set, set the handlebars to an equal height.
A Properly Fitting Bicycle Helmet
No piece of equipment is more important than a properly fitting Bicycle Helmet. A helmet provides additional protection of your bodies operation center – your brain.
Safe Riding Practices
Riders should always maintain control of their bike by keeping at least on hand on the handles at all times. When riding, you should always have both hands free to steer. If you are transporting items, you should utilize a backpack, a bicycle basket or other bag designed for your bike.