Safety Precautions While Riding Your Bike
Riding a bike is a great source of entertainment as well as a cheap way for everyday communication. As there is many other traffic available on the road, you should be cautious about your bike commuting. Make sure your bike fits according to your height and you feel comfortable with it.
Five Things You Should Consider
As a safety precaution, you should look for the following five elements and make sure they are appropriate for you. The five major precautionary points are:
- Frame Size
- Saddle Height
- Seat Position
- Seat Tilting
- Handlebar Position.
Let’s have a brief discussion to understand why these points are so important for a safe bike ride.
1.Frame Size Should Be Appropriate
Frame is the basic body of your bike and you cannot upgrade or alter these components so easily. The size of the frame depends much on the length of your legs. When you sit on the saddle, make sure both your feet are touching the ground flat.
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Again, if you ride a road bike, the distance between your crotch and top tube should be around 2/3 inches. In case of riding a mountain bike, the distance should be more. The distance should be reduced when you go down with a downhill track as the lower seat post will allow you much control.
2. Saddle Height Is Important:
Your saddle height (seat height) should be appropriate to your gesture. Too high or too low saddle may cause pain and injuries in your knee. Again, too high saddle will reduce your control over the cycle.
The efficiency of your pedal stroke depends much on your saddle height. At the beginning, keep the saddle in such a height that your knee will remain at slightly bend position at pedal’s lowest point. Gradually increase seat height with your riding expertise.
3. Fix The Seat Position:
Make sure your seat is properly aligned with the top tube. If the seat is not aligned, it may result in severe injury in your crotch after a long ride.
Release the seat clamp at the bottom of the seat post, make sure the top of the seat and the top tube is in the same line, adjust the height and fast the quick release seat clamp again.
4. Tilted Seat and Design:
According to standard cycling rules, the seat should be level with the ground. It actually depends much on your habit and comfort. You can tilt the seat to your comfortable position, but make sure you are sustaining the overall control of the bike. Again, if you tilt seat in any direction, it may put extra pressure on your wrist, arm, shoulder and backbone.
5. Handlebar Position:
The handlebar position completely depends upon the rider. If you want to ride in an upright position, raise the bar. If you want to get more aerodynamic position, lower the bar. You can also change the stem and fix the distance between the seat post and the handlebar according to your requirement.
6. No Helmet- No Ride:
It is absolutely mandatory. Cycle is a very light vehicle. A small nudge from another vehicle can lead into a devastating situation. In the cycle, the rider remains in the most unprotected situation. Whatever the situation is, you have to keep your head safe and helmet is mandatory for this. Tighten the strap, make sure it fits in your head well and will not move while underway. Another common mistake is wearing a hat under your helmet, which stops the air circulation in your head and makes you tired.
Cycling is a perfect combination of physical and mental improvement. Just make sure you are following all the safety precautions properly. Have a safe ride.