Safety tips for cross-country cyclists
- Monday, 27 April 2015 14:59
Are you interested in safe cross-country biking? Whether your cross-country biking alone or with your friends it’s important to remember basic safety factors which will keep your cycling both safe and fun. Although the following points might seem really obvious they are frequently ignored or forgotten about and that can turn a great day of cycling into a nightmare. So here are some suggestions for you.
Your riding gear
Make sure you take gloves. They can protect your hands from blisters and falls. Next make sure the laces on your shoes are tucked in so they won’t get caught in the chain set.
Depending upon your location you may want to have body armor, shin and padding protection to see you on your cross-country trip. Be sure you are carrying or wearing plenty of layers of your clothes. At least make sure you have a waterproof set available and carry an extra layer so if the weather changes quickly you can cope with it.
Also, have protected glasses that can protect you from small debris that could flick up while you are riding.
Basic first aid
Most cross-country bikers are not expected to be paramedics although basic first aid could save a life. If you’re riding with friends know if any of the group have health problems or are not feeling 100% well before you head out. Although cuts and bruises, sunburn, and fatigue can be handled easily knowledge of treating sunstroke, breaks, and shock can be extremely useful in cross-country riding.
A safe bike
By making sure your bike is well maintained you’ll be safer on cross-country rides. First check the brakes, lift each wheel and put pressure on the brake levers to make sure they never touched the handlebars. Brakes can be knocked out of alignment with rims or discs. Next check the tire pressure to make sure it is high enough. If the pressure is too low you are more likely to get a flat. Also make sure you regularly apply oil to the chain. This will help extend the life of the chain set and it will also prevent a chain breaking or locking the wheels. Check for any loose parts that you may need to tighten or clean.
By performing these checks you’ll be protecting yourself and your bike when you go out for another cross-country trip. If you are in an accident while on your bike contact
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