How can new cyclists protect themselves?

Riding a bicycle in Tennessee is a great way to stay fit. However, adults who’ve never ridden on streets before must take the right steps towards safety, especially when sharing the road with vehicles. In this case, Active offers the following tips to keep you safe and secure no matter where you ride.

Choose the right bike seat

While you want to make sure the bike you ride fits your body, the choice of bike seat is just as important. Some seats will be wider, and some will be longer, and it’s generally up to the individual cyclist to find the most suitable. Be sure to test ride a few different configurations and do plenty of research online before making your decision.

Use your ears

While it may be enjoyable to listen to earbuds or headphones while you ride, it can also be deadly. Consider what would happen if there was an ambulance behind you and you were unable to hear its siren? You must use your ears as well as eyes when riding, especially when riding on busy streets. If you must listen to music, get a small wearable radio.

Be alert and aware

Cyclists are beholden to the same rules as vehicles on the road. As a result, you must remain alert and aware at all times. Drivers often miss the presence of bicycles, which can lead to a catastrophe in the event of a serious accident. Scan the road in front of you and watch out for unexpected road hazards. Also, be sure to wear a helmet every time you ride in case you’re involved in a wreck. 

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