Many people who cycled everywhere as kids get caught up in the world of car ownership and forget about cycling for years. Then one day, they remember the advantages a bike brings.
If you are considering cycling again, you may need to buy a bike. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Safety is always a good place to begin.
An upright posture enables drivers to see you more easily
Many people love drop handlebar bikes. Yet, if you feel nervous, one with straight bars may be better. Sitting up gives you a better view of the traffic, and as you sit higher, it makes it easier for others to see you.
Bright colors can also help visibility
While a black bike might look cool, it is less visible than one in white or a lurid color scheme. You can also add color in different ways, through your helmet, clothing or luggage.
Dynamos ensure you are never without lights
There are some fantastic rechargeable and battery-powered light sets available, including ones that pulse to catch drivers’ attention. Yet if you forget to charge them or your battery runs out mid-commute, you will be at risk once darkness falls. Dynamos ensure you can run your lights without worrying about batteries.
Maintenance is key
Regardless of what bicycle you choose, you need to maintain it. Worn tires or brakes drastically reduce your safety.
Your choice of bike and how you ride it can only do so much to keep you safe. You will always depend on drivers taking care around you. If one does not, you need to find out how to claim injury compensation.