If you live in a big city and use a bicycle this guide is essential for you. A real survival course for the brave who take the bike to go to work, to school or have fun. In fact, unfortunate accidents, often fatal, involving cyclists are numerous especially in large cities and especially in California where bike lanes are very few and motorists are not used to sharing the road with anyone. Let’s know how to ride bicycle.
It is scientifically proven that the only way to reduce accidents involving cyclists is that people who use the bicycle increase. In fact, this is the only way for motorists to begin to assimilate the cyclist in their view and consequently to respect and understand that it is not really possible for a car to run alongside a bike more than 50 km per hour (limit citizen ignored by most) without letting it fall. They should not open the door without looking and that a bike does not have the same braking times as a car, just to mention some of the most common problems. Keep reading: Luxury on two wheels: Ten top bikes
Instructions on how to ride bicycle
Cyclists must also learn to respect the rules of the road and some behavioral and safety rules, following our guide.
- On the road, you have the same rights and duties as others.
- Wear the helmet, maybe the new street code will make it mandatory
- Check the bike: the operation of lights, tires, and brakes above all.
- Send precise signals: if you need to turn or pass, put your arm out.
- Better a noisy bell.
- Pay close attention to traffic. You must always be vigilant and do not listen to music.
- Never switch with red.
- Choose safe streets, for example by avoiding those that are too busy.
- In the evening, use the lights.
- Pay close attention to the round and precedence.
- Avoid the rails, if you have to cross them cross over at an angle of at least 30 degrees, without braking.
If you are pedaling near parked cars check in their mirrors that no one is opening the door at that time.
With good weather, we encourage you to go out to play sports. Spring and summer is a good time to ride a bike, but like any other sport, riding a bike has other kinds of preparations to make the activity as productive as possible.
What is cycling?
Cycling is a sport in which the lower body train supports all the pressure of exercise. To achieve a good development of the activity it is necessary that we follow a series of tips. From Vitónica we are going to see some points that we must not overlook and that will intervene directly in the results that we are going to obtain with the practice of this sport.
Choose good bicycle
First of all, you have to choose an adequate bicycle, as it has to be as comfortable as possible and must adapt to the characteristics of the terrain where we are going to carry out the activity since it is not the same to ride a bike by road or per field. Once we have chosen the right bike model we have to put it to fit so that it adapts to our body.
Adjust seat and handlebar
You must regulate the seat and the handlebar since they will be decisive at the time of carrying out the activity comfortably. It is important that we adopt the saddle to our height. At the time of doing it, we must bear in mind that the legs should never be completely stretched since the knees can be affected by this movement. Therefore, we must adjust the saddle in such a way that it allows us to make the correct turn.
The handlebars must be at the proper height so that the arms are in a relaxed position. Otherwise, they will tire us too much, causing annoyance. The same happens with the grip. It is necessary that we have a handlebar that allows us to adopt different positions since the same position for a long time will cause our joints to become too loaded.
Put feet accurately
The feet must remain attached to the pedals to prevent excessive mobility and we may suffer some injury caused by movements too sudden. For this, it is necessary that we use some restraints that are placed on the pedals and allow us to keep our feet motionless.
It is important that we take into account these small tips to make cycling races much more comfortable and enjoyable for those who practice them. Along with this, we can use special clots with a reinforcement in the crotch part to avoid chafing.
How do you balance on a bicycle?
Whoever rides a bicycle knows that there are three things you must do to avoid falling: to pedal (so to move forward), to steer and to move the weight of the body.
If you cycle very slowly, it is usually more difficult to stay in balance and help you steer. Think of a beginner who starts at a standstill: the first rides when the speed of the bike is still very small are always accompanied by a rather sudden steering left and right: when the speed increases the steering gradually becomes less relevant and the beginner cyclist is able to stay in balance predominantly pedaling.
The reason why once in motion is easier to stay in balance is the gyroscopic effect: simplifying a lot, it is that thing that allows you to stay in balance at a spinning top or a bicycle wheel rolled on the road. In the case of the bicycle, however, the gyroscopic effect is not sufficient to explain why it is possible to remain in balance.
Imagine balancing a broomstick on the palm of your hand: the handle stays balanced until it is vertically above the hand; when the broomstick tilts and risks falling, you must move your hand and put it back under the stick. Something similar happens with the bicycle steering.
If you imagine that the road is the palm of your hand when the bicycle tilts to one side and you risk falling – not being able to move the road – you turn that way “bringing” the contact area between the road and the bike towards the cyclist. The same thing, with less effectiveness, can be done by shifting the weight of the cyclist from one side of the bicycle to the other.