Five Tips Before You Ride this Summer

Are you prepared for riding this summer? Maybe your bike has been sitting in the garage for a while or maybe you are just going to start cycling for the first time. In either event, you will want to read over the checklist below to make sure you are ready for cycling.

  1. Fit of the bike. If you have grown and are not sure if your bike fits you properly, or if you are looking at purchasing a new or used bicycle, you need to make sure that the bike is the right size for you. If you can straddle the frame while standing and have a couple of inches of clearance between you and the tube, then the bike has the proper fit.
  2. Condition of the bike. If your bike has been sitting all winter or if you just bought a used bicycle, you will want to make sure your bike is in good working condition so that you will be safe on the road. Over time, brake pads may need to be replaced—just as for cars—and cables may need adjusting. A bicycle shop can look over your bike, brakes, and equipment to make necessary adjustments so that your bicycle is in good working order.
  3. Tires. Tires can lose air pressure over time. Again, if your bike has been sitting all winter or if you are purchasing someone else’s bike, make sure you have your tires checked. Also, choose appropriate tires for the type of riding you plan on doing. There are different bicycles and tires for road cycling and mountain biking.
  4. Gear…and gears. There are two different types of gears that are important to a cyclist. First, have your gears checked to make sure you can shift properly. Second, get the right safety gear to wear for protection—including a properly fitting bicycle helmet. A helmet should fit about an inch above the eyebrows and the straps should be tightened down so that only a finger can fit between the strap and the chin.
  5. Clothing. Padded bicycle gloves and padded bicycle shorts or gear should be worn to provide extra padding and safety in the event of a bicycle accident. Also, enclosed shoes should be worn for safety. Wear bright colors when you ride a bicycle and make sure your headlight and tail light are working properly.

Although the type of gear or the condition of your bicycle cannot prevent a bike crash from occurring, it may help to reduce your chances of injuries. If you were injured due to a driver’s negligence, you may have rights to financial compensation. Contact a skilled bicycle accident lawyer at Kalka & Baer LLC. By calling us at (404) 907-1594, you can schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation, find out more about your rights, and learn the recovery you could receive.