Getting used to your bike takes time.
Grime caught into the chain or between the brakes and tires will could cause for poor performance.
A helmet that isn't properly strapped on is worthless.
Driving with a load takes getting used to.
Choose the right one for your activity - mountain bikes have different tires and structural strengths than bikes for city riding.
These should have a closed toe, flat sole and no heel.
Choose clothing that is bright and tight fitting, to make you visible in traffic and to prevent loose ends getting tangled.
Whether you take a leisurely ride or plan a trip over several miles, it is recommended that you have identification and contact information on you.
Take your phone with you. A cell phone doesn't take up much room but might come in handy should you need help.
In summer the speed of which a bike moves may keep you cool, but you are still exposed to harmful sun rays and you need to protect your skin.
In winter you may want to wear protective clothing as you catch more wind riding than walking. Warm gloves are imperative to protect your hands.
These can fix most mechanical problems.
Spares can save a ride in case of trouble.
If you get a puncture in your tire, you can fix it yourself.
Invaluable if you get a flat tire or a slow leak.
Always accompany a child on a bike, never let a young child ride on his or her own.
Respect traffic laws and teach the laws to your children. Traffic laws are there to keep you safe. Always stop at a red light and a stop street.
If you are in group, resist driving next to each other. Not only is the outside driver more likely to be hit by a car, if your bikes make contact with each other you may get tangled up and fall.
If you're planning on transporting groceries with your bike, get a basket. Never hang packets from the handlebars.
Be as visible as possible. Avoid any type of dark colors for night riding. White and yellow is best as they are most visible for other drivers.
Make use of reflective arm and leg bands. You can also make use of reflective stickers that can be attached to your back, arms and legs. For total visibility, wear a reflective vest.
Even though your bike is already fitted with reflectors, you can add more for extra visibility.
Be aware of your surroundings. If possible stick to a bike lane and be careful.
Don't drink and drive. This rule is not just for car drivers, it applies to bike riders too.
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