Bicycles are the most successful means of transportation invented by mankind. With bicycles, people can go further, and the world seems to be a lot bigger all at once. Bicycles can take us to see the world, see great rivers and mountains, cycle wherever we want, challenge ourselves, surpass ourselves, and realize our dreams.
In the process of cycling, there are some things to pay attention to, the following ten taboos should be especially avoided.
1. Get rid of the habit of using improper brakes
When braking, please brake the rear wheel first to avoid a crash due to excessive braking force. The position of the rear brake handle can be changed due to personal habits.
Before going on the road, you should ask a professional technician to adjust the tightness of the brake line, and check the gap between the brake block and the wheel and the degree of wear.
2. Correct the improper turning method
When turning, the bike body will lean, and the pedals on the inside should be kept level or placed above to avoid touching the ground. You should slow down before entering a curve. Braking during a turn is very dangerous.
3. Correct the wrong way up and downhill
Some people stand up and step on the pedals when riding uphill. But unless it is a particularly steep slope or needs to accelerate the sprint, this posture should be avoided. In addition to more physical exertion, the increased center of gravity of the ride caused poor handling and the rear wheels were also prone to skidding.
The correct way should be:
When going uphill, move forward while sitting, lower your upper body to keep your center of gravity, and step forward with a light gear ratio.
When going downhill, move your body’s center of gravity back, lower your body, and clamp your thighs on the cushion. Pay attention to speed control. Use progressive braking. Emergency braking is strictly prohibited.
4. Keep a safe distance
If you follow the team for group cycling, keep a safe distance between bicycles at all times.
During long-distance cycling, the front bicycle will be shielded from the wind to facilitate cycling; when the road is wide and straight, it is easier for the riders to lose their spirits. It is recommended that the riders should be separated by at least one bicycle distance to ensure safety.
5. Try to avoid rolling over road protrusions
The condition of the road surface on the highway is well known. When riding, you need to keep your sight far away to avoid excessive speed and observe the obstacles or potholes on the road.
If you can’t dodge, it is recommended to pull up the handle and use the pedaling force to make the front wheel jump over. Reduce the impact.
6. It is strictly forbidden to wear headphones to ride
It is difficult to get information from the outside world when wearing a headset, such as the sound of a horn from a rear vehicle or reminders from teammates. If the headset cable is too long, it is easy to cause accidents.
If you want to listen to music or the radio, you can use loudspeakers and other devices. It is strictly forbidden to wear headphones when riding.
7, physical discomfort reluctantly hit the road
If you are physically unwell or mentally weak and you cannot concentrate, you should plan to advance or delay the journey in alternative ways to avoid danger.
8. Cycling is prohibited for bike failure
If the bike fails to be repaired urgently at the moment, you should proceed with other alternative methods or request road assistance. Especially the brakes or wheels (tires) and other components have abnormal conditions, do not force the cycling.
9. Stop cycling in bad weather
In case of severe weather such as typhoons, heavy rain, lightning strike, strong wind, etc., the itinerary should be changed or canceled. If you encounter severe weather conditions during cycling, you should wait where the wind and rain slow down before proceeding.
Avoid cycling at noon, or cycling at high temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius, and replenish moisture in a timely manner.
10. Plan your itinerary to avoid night cycling
Due to the insufficient lighting source of the bike lights, they can only be used as an aid to remind other passersby.
It is recommended that itinerary planning should start early, increase the noon break, and arrive at the end of today’s journey before the sun goes down. Especially group cycling should avoid night cycling to avoid accidents due to poor visibility and unfamiliar roads.