In 2019, there were 846 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States. It is predictable and unfortunate, but when an accident occurs between a moving vehicle and a bicycle, the cyclist will be the one injured or killed. The laws and responsibilities for motorized vehicles and cyclists are the same, unfortunately, size matters and a driver might not see a bike.
As more and more Americans use biking for transportation, exercise, to commute to work, or for plain fun, they are encouraged to adopt safety biking measures to keep them safe. By adopting these biking safety measures, the accidents and fatalities can be reduced and can increase the likelihood of your well-being while on the road.
The thousands of miles of biking trails in the United States make it easy for cyclists to engage in the sport they love. They can also be assured their safety is relatively safe when on these biking trails. For the many other cyclists sharing the streets and roads where motorized vehicles are abundant, taking some safety precautions before embarking on a bike trip is recommended.
One of the most important measures to take when heading out to ride your bike for exercise, to commute to work, or for fun is to wear a helmet. Following the manufactures’ safety information instructions with your bike is of the utmost importance. Following those recommended instructions can help you maintain your bike in optimal condition and keep you safe.
Safety Information Tips when Riding Your Bike
- Wear a helmet
- Inspect your front and back brakes
- Inspect the tires to make sure they have the correct air pressure
- Inspect the entire bike’s frame before taking your bike on the road
- Beware of abnormal noises your bike is making, and
- Make sure the seat is positioned correctly on your bike
Choosing a Bike
Now that we have covered safety and the inherent dangers of riding a bicycle, it is time for you to choose and discover the many bikes on the market and what to consider before purchasing one.
There are many bikes in the market for the customer to choose from. From Mountain bikes, Road cycles, tandem bikes, Hybrid bikes, BMX bikes, and Touring bicycles, the bike you choose depends on the activity you want to pursue.
When choosing a bike there are five important factors to think about.
- What is the activity you want to pursue?
- How much money are you willing to spend?
- How frequently are you going to use the bike?
- Can you shop around to find the right vendor and bike?
- Can you wait to think things through if you are choosing an expensive bike?
A hybrid bike for example is the perfect bike for you if you are starting to cycle. They are easy on the city trails, but you can take it on a smooth, dirt path if you prefer. They have thinner tires than a mountain bike, which allows you to climb steep hills with more comfort. They are a very versatile and efficient bike. The price range can vary greatly when choosing a bike. The cheapest hybrid bikes can start between $200 and $300 and a good one can cost you more than $700. Like any other bike, a hybrid should fit properly before riding it. After a lot of shopping and comparing bikes, we purchased a Felt 2021 Verza Speed 50. We had to wait for over a month to get it in the blue we wanted, but it is a good bike.
A Mountain bike, on the other hand, can be very affordable. If you are a beginner cyclist and don’t want to spend too much on a bike, this is a good choice for you. Their tires are not as thin as the tires of hybrid bikes, and not as smooth. They don’t go as fast when climbing those steep hills, but you can buy one for $200. If you are not sure if you will continue cycling in the future, a mountain bike can be a good alternative while not spending too much acquiring one. This bike can be the beginning of acquiring a more expensive and faster bike if you decide you like the sport.
Regardless of the bike you purchase, make sure the bike it’s the right fit for you, and your finances.