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They say you never forget how to ride a bike -- but here are some cycling tips you may not have learned the first time around.
You Will Need
- A bike with working brakes
- A bicycle helmet
- A pair of bike gloves
- Knowledge of traffic laws
Put on your helmet and glove
Put on your helmet and gloves. Always wear them when riding a bike.
Ride with the flow of traffic
Remember always to ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
Stay to the right of the lane
Stay to the far right of the lane you’re using. You don’t have to ride in the gutter, but cars should be able to pass you on your left.
Don’t ride on sidewalks
Don’t ride on sidewalks. It can surprise pedestrians, and in many places, cycling on the sidewalk is against the law.
Use hand signals for turns and stops
Use hand signals to indicate turns and stops.
Obey the rules of the road
Obey all traffic signs, signals, and laws just like any car would.
Stop completely at red lights and stop signs
At stop signs and red lights, come to a complete stop so that you have to put your foot on the ground to keep you upright.
Choose routes that feature bike lanes
Choose routes that feature dedicated bike lanes.
Wear bright clothing and sunglasses
Wear bright clothing to stand out and sunglasses to protect your eyes from bugs, debris and the sun.
Keep your tires inflated
Keep your tires properly inflated. An inflated tire is less likely to go flat. And a flat tire can ruin your day.
Use lights when riding at night
If you’re riding at night, mount a light on the back of your bike and a headlight on your handlebars.