Southern California Cycling News and Bicycle Safety Tips BLOG

Four Safety Tips for Cycling at Night

If you are leaving work in the evening, participating in an evening group cycling event or just enjoy cycling later in the day, it’s best to be cautious. When biking in the evening, keep in mind the following safety tips: Map safe routes beforehand. When riding at night, it’s best to plan out safe biking routes beforehand. To determine the safest routes, cycle in the daytime to ensure there are no possible hazards such as potholes, fallen tree branches or road work debris. Make sure to ride in designated bike lanes or well-lit streets when cycling in the evening. Bike lights. Purchase front and rear bike lights for biking at night. The rear light should be red and have a blinking function. The blinking helps to catch the eye of oncoming motorists. It’s important that your bike lights have a long-lasting battery and strong light source to illuminate the road…
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How New Helmet Testing System is Keeping You Safe

Wearing a bike helmet is one of the most important safety rules of cycling. It can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a cycling accident. All bike helmets in the US must pass a series of safety tests. However, these test often don’t take into account the different angles you might hit your head upon impact or varying speeds at which the accident could occur. A new safety rating system was developed by Virginia Tech and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to ensure that cyclists are aware of how well helmets on the market are protecting them from injury. The study concluded that, though no helmets failed the new testing, some helmets provide more protection against injury than others. How The New System Differs From The Old IIHS, along with Helmet Lab, tested 30 popular adult bike helmets to standards that simulate more real-world…
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Six Tips for Protecting Yourself From Hot Weather While Cycling

The summer is heating up! It’s not only important for cyclist to be safe around motorists and pedestrians but also during the hot summer months. Protecting yourself from extreme heat during the summer can improve your safety and prevent heat-related illnesses. Here’s some tips for biking safety during the hot summer months: Look the part. Wearing technical cycling clothing may save you from a heatstroke. The fabrics in these garments help you to stay cool and sweat-free. Hydrate! Drinking water before, during, and after your ride will prevent heat exhaustion. Don’t drink too much water! Make sure to drink small amounts of water periodically throughout your ride to ensure you’re hydrated. Heat acclimation. Practice riding during cooler times of the days. Gradually build up your intensity and volume. Then practice riding during hotter times of the day. This gradual build will help your body acclimate to the hot summer days….
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