A bike can be very unstable. If you are not very careful and skilled, you may picking up yourself from the ground with bruised knees and elbows, broken bike, and an injured pride.
So to help people falling off bikes or reduce chances or falling, here is a guide for bicycle riders that will spare you from physical pain, repair costs, and embarrassment.
One way to avoid falls is to ride at a standard pace. A bike is likely to wobble and be unstable if you ride at 5 kph; 25 kph is an ideal speed that would keep you stable. The trick is to keep on pedaling while having control on your handlebar. This would keep your balance. You are more likely to fall if you are being too cautious about pedaling that you do it too slow.
When you are on an icy road, ride along the side of the road which has been gritted. Be very careful when making a turn or braking. One wrong move or one wrong calculation using your brake or handlebar can result to a fall. Also, be doubly careful when riding along a wet road, especially when it is raining.
Leaves that are wet can also be hazardous. Leaves can be as slippery as ice when they are wet. Puddles can also be dangerous especially when they are a bit deep. Even though it is quite fun and thrilling to run over them, resist the temptation.
When you are on bike lanes that are shared with pedestrians, always give a warning signal. Use a bell or any warning device. Pedestrians tend to be unaware of approaching bikes. They are likely to move into your way and not look. Maybe they do not anticipate bicyclists coming along since they are used to paying attention to the sound of the traffic. A bell or a bike horn may annoy pedestrians but what’s more important is the fact that you wanted to avoid getting hit and hitting somebody.
Another simple way to avoid falling from a bike is by taking a quick break when you are tired. You might lose your focus and commit mistakes that may lead to a crash, so if you already feel too fatigued to continue riding, stop on a safe side of the road and breathe for a few minutes.
To avoid falls, ride a few feet away from parked cars, otherwise you might get an awful surprise as a car door suddenly opens.
Another of reason of incidents of falling from a bike is too much pressure on the tires. New bicyclists tend to make this huge mistake. More pressure on the tire does not mean you will be able go faster. Make sure your tire has the appropriate pressure – not too much or too little pressure. However, if you are riding on a wet road, lessen your tire pressure a bit.
Make sure you check your bicycle before riding it. The time and effort you put on doing so will surely pay off. Pat your tires to see if they are tightly positioned in the frame. Squeeze your tires to see if they are inflated properly. Let your bicycle stand on the ground and use your brakes. If your bike has brake pads, check them if they bear on the rim evenly. Push your bicycle forward and hit on the brakes to see if your brakes are able to stop your bike efficiently. Grasp your seat and make sure it is properly fitted having no side-to-side motions.
Make sure you ride a bike that is suited for your body’s size and weight. Probably the top reason why heavy riders fall or crash is because they are riding a bicycle that is not able to carry and endure much pressure. So, consider getting a custom built bicycle. Such bicycle can be manufactured to suit your needs and other preferences. You can have thicker and stronger rims, tires, and bike frame, wider and more comfortable saddle, and sturdier cranks and pedals for safer, easier, and more convenient ride.
When cycling with others, break up your party into groups of no more than 3 riders in line. This will help avoid a driver from squeezing you off the road in the presence of oncoming traffic.Mountain bikers may want to reconnoiter a new obstacle or downhill challenge prior to attempting it at full speed.
Always wear padded gloves to avoid skin abrasions on the hands if you fall. They also protect against nerve compression in the wrists.