Biking is a fun and healthy way to get around, but it can be dangerous.
While biking has many benefits, it also comes with risks. Every year thousands of people are injured while riding their bikes, and hundreds die in bike accidents. Many of these injuries could have been prevented if the biker had taken precautions before hitting the road.
To help you stay safe on your next ride we’ve collected some tips from professionals that will reduce your chances of being involved in an accident or getting hurt while out on a bike ride. These safety measures may seem simple, but they will make all the difference when you find yourself in a situation where something goes wrong on your bike trip!
To make sure you have the best experience and avoid injury, you’ll want to follow these eight tips to get the most out of your bike riding experience.
- Wear a helmet - Wearing a helmet when biking can reduce your risk of a head injury by 85%. So, wear your helmet every time you ride, even if it’s a short ride. It's not about looking good (though some helmets do look great); it's about staying safe! Head injuries can happen from. This is especially important for kids, as their brain is still developing. So next time you ride, grab your helmet and secure it properly!
- Stay hydrated - Make sure you are drinking water before, during, and after your ride. Especially with extremely hot weather, you’ll want to be sure you stay hydrated. If your bike allows, bring along a water bottle. For more tips on staying hydrated check out this infographic. If we do not consume enough water each day, our body will struggle to work at an optimal level. Not having enough water is linked to a multitude of problems that will wreck your ride, from
- Extreme thirst
- Muscle cramps
- Make sure you take some water with you for your ride.
- Your stem height should be somewhere between parallel and 1" lower than the top of your saddle. A general rule of thumb for selecting the proper stem offset is to place your elbow on the nose of your seat and stretch your arm forward over the stem.
- The tips of your fingers should touch your handlebars.
- Don't skimp out on your seat. Did you know that padded bicycle shorts are the single most important piece of clothing for long rides. The heart can only enjoy what the rear end can endure! Translated: If you bum is sore because of an uncomfortable seat, you're not going to enjoy your ride.
That may feel like a lot to think about but these tips will take away any anxiety about your trip and ensure you have a pleasant experience on your bike.
So next time you get on your bike, make sure you are following these tips!
If you do end up with a bike related injury, give our office a call. We can help with common cycling complaints ranging from neck tightness to knee pain.
If you are finding yourself in pain when you ride or just need someone to take a look at something that is keeping you from enjoying the outdoors in any way, schedule an appointment with us. We'd love to see you and help you enjoy the roads on your bike.