5 Tips for Cycling More Safely

Olympic fever is truly upon us as Team GB continue to increase their medal tally in style. 

Many of you will now be keen to get involved with sport, particularly after the fantastic performances of many of the British cyclists this year. 

Be warned though, jumping straight in to a sport can be dangerous if you don’t consider your own safety. 

Olympic fever is truly upon us as Team GB continue to increase their medal tally in style. 

Many of you will now be keen to get involved with sport, particularly after the fantastic performances of many of the British cyclists this year. 

Be warned though, jumping straight in to a sport can be dangerous if you don’t consider your own safety. 

Here are a few safety pointers for anyone looking to get in to cycling on the back of the London Olympics fever. 

1. Wear Hi-Vis Clothing 

If you are planning on hitting the roads on your bike, unlike the olympic events, there will be plenty of traffic around so you need to be as visible as possible. 

Wearing brightly coloured clothing is a great way of doing this and if you can get hold of clothing with built-in reflectors, even better. 

If you are cycling at night make sure you also have strong lights on both the front and back of your bike so that other road users are well aware that you are there. 

2. Choose Your Route Wisely

If you are planning to use your bike regularly to travel to work or to the gym etc then make sure you plan a safe route. Stick to roads which are easy to ride on and allow plenty of space for other road users to overtake. 

If you are thinking of traveling at night, try and stick to well lit roads where possible. 

3. Check / Service your bike

Its a good idea to ensure that your bike is in top shape before you take it out on to the roads. There is now plenty of literature on the internet to show you how to service your bike yourself, or if you don’t mind spending a bit of money you local bike shop will also be able to complete the work for you.

The last thing you want is your break failing at a busy junction!

4. Wear a Helmet

It’s a fiercely debated topic in the cycling world, but we’re going to stick our necks out and say that wearing a helmet is well worth it! Damage to the head can be greatly reduced when you wear a helmet

5. Stand your Ground 

Other road users may be tempted to ‘push’ you in to the side of the road but make sure you stand your ground. This will ensure that they wait for a safe place to pass you where there is plenty of room instead of squeezing past you on a tight corner while you struggle in the gutter. 

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