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Home » Spring safety: what you need on your next ride
April 4th, 2018
It’s finally that time of year. The daffodils have started to emerge, the trees have started to fill out with leaves and spring has officially sprung!
Hopefully, the worst of the cold weather is behind us and cyclists everywhere can look forward to brighter nights, longer rides and puddle-free routes.
But, before you head out on your first spring ride of the year, there are a few things you should be aware of in order to remain as safe as possible on your ride.
In this article, we will share some of the tips and tricks that can help you be a better rider this spring.
Heading out for a ride, whether you’re alone or in a group, can be tricky during the winter months. The wind, rain and snow can make it feel like the season is against you and the wet can often put paid to any plans you may have made.
As a consequence of a lack of activity, your muscles may not be used to the hard training that they are put through from spring onwards.
Taking your first few rides easy can help you avoid sustaining an injury or even causing a cycling accident as a result of tiredness and fatigue.
Whether your bike has seen a lot of miles over the winter months or it’s been in hibernation in your garage, it’s going to need some TLC if you want to remain safe and make the most of your spring-time rides.
From your bike’s gears, brakes and wheels to the frame as a whole, your bike should be given a complete once over and any issues that may have arisen during your winter rides or because of a lack of use should be addressed.
If you did brave the British weather over the winter months, you’re going to need to check for worn brake pads or discs, but most of all rust.
Any veteran cyclist will be aware of the potential issues that rust can cause, including a weakened bike frame and a chain that’s just waiting to shatter.
Make sure you clean all areas of the bike, a wire brush is a useful tool to strip any surface rust off your frame, gear set and chain. Once you’ve got rid of the rust, seal it with a lubricant and give it a few hours before you take your bike out for a ride.
You should also replace any worn brake pads or discs and adjust your brake cables if necessary, after all, your brakes could save your life.
Everything you need to repair your bike will be available both online and in shops including Evans Cycles. If you’re unsure of how to fix any issues yourself, their staff will know how to keep your bike in tip-top shape and more importantly, what you need to do to reduce a risk of a cycling accident due to poor bike maintenance.
The winter months provide the perfect excuse to get the sweet treats out and with Christmas also falling during the period, you might be surprised (or not) to find that when you hop on your bike for your first spring ride, the bike may not fit you as well as you thought.
It’s always worthwhile to carry out a bike fit at least once a year. Ensuring the bike fits you properly will help you decrease your chance of sustaining an injury as a result of bad posture and increase your overall balance and control whilst on the bike, helping you also avoid a cycling accident.
With spring now here, it’s time to change up your tyres. With wet weather giving way to drier days, the deep treads used to combat rain-soaked roads can go back in the garage and slicker tires can be loaded onto the wheels.
Make sure you conduct a thorough test of your tires to ensure they’re safe to ride on.
An easy test you can try is to inflate the tires to your preferred pressure, leave them for 24 hours and then check their pressure again. If the tires have deflated then it’s probably time for a new inner tube and you certainly don’t want to go cycling on them, otherwise, you’re in danger of being involved in a cycling accident.
Even if you take all the necessary precautions, a cycling accident may still occur.
If you have been involved in a cycling accident, or if you suffer a cycling related injury as a result of someone else’s negligence this spring, our team are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Here at Cycle Assist, our team are specialists in dealing with cycling accident claims and they will do all they can to maximise the amount of compensation you receive.
If you would like to see how our team can help with your claim, call us today on 01625 506 672 or complete our online enquiry form.
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