How to Bike Safely: Tips for Heavy Riders

Riding a bike can be the perfect way to be fit; and it is fun as well. However, your attempt to have fun and get some exercise might turn into a disaster if you do not bear in mind bike safety tips.

So, read on and remember these important and helpful bike safety tips for heavy riders.

1. You must know the road you intend to take. Be familiar with your route, the yielding points, the turns, one-way streets, bike lanes, pedestrian crossing, etc. This will help you know what to expect, even the obstacles if there are any. Also, know the condition of the road when it rains because as the signs say “slippery when wet.” If you need to ride on a wet road, make sure you are riding at an average speed. Be extra cautious when going up a slope when the road is wet. It would also help to know if the street you will use have puddles and know how deep they are. Avoid such puddles. If possible, survey the road or street first before riding. This way, you will avoid ugly surprises.

2. Learn how to relax when you are on the road. One of the reasons why accidents or injuries get worse is panicking. Heavy riders could be spared of additional pain and damages if they only knew how to calm down and relax. It can be a little scary when you are on the road, so you should expect it. Knowing beforehand the situation may lessen your nervousness which would therefore reduce or avoid accidents. When you are calm, you are able to think clearly and rationally and be able to act quickly. You can think of hitting the brake on time without going over your handlebars, put down one foot on the ground to avoid falling, quickly maneuver your bike to avoid an obstacle such as a stone or a puddle. On the other hand, when you are freaking out, the situation might get worse because you might do something terrible and irrational.

3. Take note of space. Provide yourself much space when you are riding on the road. Make sure you are at an ideal distance to anything or anyone at your front, right side, left side, and back. Do not come too close to anything or anyone. Maintain a three-foot distance from other riders and drivers. Avoid the edges.

4. Wear appropriate clothing and gears. Heavy riders might have a harder time looking for cycling clothing that would fit them. So, if it is not possible to find one that fits, wear a regular shirt and shorts that is not baggy. Choose a shirt and short that is probably one or two sizes less than your regular size. Such size would hug your body just fine; it would not be too tight or too loose. Loose clothing might get caught in one of your moving bike parts or gears and this may cause injuries or accidents. And of course the basics, wear bike gears such as helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.

5. Check your bike before riding. This is another basic thing which is missed out sometimes. Make sure you check and test your brakes. See if they work and are able to stop your bicycle. Check your tires and their air pressure. The recommended air pressure is usually indicated at one side of the tire. Check your chain. Make sure it is clean and free from any foreign objects. And make sure you use a bike for heavy people.