Are you thinking of jumping into cycling? Whether for your commute, exercise or simply for fun, cycling is an incredibly versatile activity. There is no better place on Earth for it than sunny San Diego. Here are some tips for beginner bike riders to help you get the most out of your ride.
Tip #1: Choosing the Right Bicycle
There are different types of bikes depending on your activity. Once you choose a bicycle type, there are other things to consider. Your bike should fit your frame. When straddling the bike, you should have about one to two inches of clearance between your body and the top tube. Your handlebars should be one inch lower than the seat top. Make sure the seat is anatomically designed and comfortable enough for long-term use. For example, many racing bikes have hard, narrow seats that can be uncomfortable.
Tip #2: Bicycle and Helmet Safety
We do not recommend that you buy any old bike and helmet. Your helmet should be snug on your head. We suggest that it be brightly colored for biking in the dark. It should also meet the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Tip #3: Start Slow
With any new activity, start slow. A 30-minute ride every day on flat terrain for a few weeks will get you acclimated to cycling, and from then on you can vary the intensity of your rides as well as the distance ridden and terrain you are able to handle.
Tip #4: See and Be Seen On Your Bike
Most cycling accidents occur between 6pm and 9pm, so make sure you do everything you can to remain visible during low light. Wear reflective or bright clothing and make sure your bike has lights and reflectors. Pay attention to traffic around you and make sure to communicate your intent to other drivers.
Tip #5: Learn California Bicycle Safety Laws
It is important to learn California’s bike laws. Following these laws will help keep you safe from a bicycle accident. For example, you should learn the universal hand symbols used by cyclists to communicate with other drivers. Practice controlling your bike with one hand in your first weeks so that you can get used to signaling.
Tip #6: Skip the Headphones
As tempting as it might be, do not ride with headphones on. It is extremely dangerous. You might not hear traffic or emergency vehicles approaching from behind.
Questions About California Cycling Laws?
If you have questions about California cycling laws or want more tips for beginner bike riders, check out our website for more information. You can also call our San Diego bicycle accident attorney at (858) 261-5454 or online by filling out our online contact form.