How to Ride Your Bicycle Safely on Our Roads

There are safety rules and laws that control drivers of motor vehicles and bicyclists on our roads. For bicyclists visibility to other road users is a challenge. A bicyclist is not protected as well as a motorist. So here’s what bicyclists will need to do to feel safe and confident while riding on our roads.

Attire

The simplest thing you can do is to wear bright colored clothing and a helmet. Night bicycle riders should wear reflective clothing or apply reflective tape to the bicycle or their clothing.

Equipment

Riding a bicycle in the early morning and late evening will require a need for a white front head lamp and a red reflector light on the rear of the bike. If you ride on roads where the speed limit is at least forty miles per hour, you should add at least one blinking red tail light to the rear of your bike and brakes.

Always take your cell phone, pump, a short rain coat and your GPS with you while riding your bicycle. You never know when these will become handy.

Park, Secure, Register

Don’t block sidewalks, handicap accesses, or even emergency driveways. Lock your bike to a sturdy stationary object. You can register the serial numbers on your bike with your local police department. Stolen bicycles are usually matched with registered bicycles.

Do Not

Do not carry articles in hands while riding your bike. Do not carry more people on your bike than it is designed for. Do not wear earphones while riding on the roads. Do not ride between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Do not ride on the interstate.

Must

Bicyclists have to obey traffic signs, signals, and lights just like motorists and pedestrians do.

Ride with the flow of traffic on the right side edge of the highway. On a one way street, you may ride on either the left or right sides of the street with flow of traffic.

Stop at all intersections. Always be mindful of potential actions of other road users. Ride defensively as if your life depends on it. It does.

Pass motor vehicles with extreme caution and be very careful when you see drivers make their turns. They may not see you because of blind spots.

Walk your bicycle on sidewalks when the traffic becomes overwhelming for you. While riding be aware of bus traffic pulling to and from curbs to let passengers off and on.

Always look both ways before crossing a street. Use proper hand signals before turning right, left, or stopping. Right arm stretch out for right turn; left arm stretch out for left turn and left arm down to side of body for stopping.

Having learned to ride a bicycle is a big accomplishment for any child. Here are suggestions for parents on how to make bicycle rides safe and enjoyable experiences for their children. Teach them how to wear the helmet correctly on every ride.

Supervise and never allow them to ride their bicycle in the street. However, to decide whether to allow your older children to ride in the streets will depend on age and maturation, traffic patterns and congestion of your streets, and the child’s adequate knowledge and ability to follow the safety rules of the road.

Children are never to ride at night. Tell them to come home while it is daylight. Deny bike privileges if your safety rules are not obeyed. Teach your children how to take care of their bicycles. Check monthly the tires, brakes, and seat and handlebar heights.

These rules are what I know that will make bicycle riding safe. For more information on bicycle safety riding in your state, go online to the Division of Motor Vehicles. With practice while building confidence in yourself, riding the streets will be comfortable, safe, and enjoyable.

What Are The Health Benefits And Risks Of Riding A Bicycle

Riding a bicycle is a fun and rewarding way to exercise. It has many health benefits, but there are risks to bicycle riding as well. Here are the health risks and benefits to riding a bike.

Health Risks of Riding a Bike

Even the most experienced bike rider can have a fall. This can cause a minor scrape of the knee to even more serious injuries like broken bones or even head injuries. This is why it’s important to wear a helmet and other protective gear. Accidents do happen, but the key will be mitigating the damages with proper protective gear.

The design of your bike could cause some strain to joints and tendons, especially if you are bent over the handlebars. Your shoulders and wrists become vulnerable to having tendon and joint injury when reading in this hunched-over position. To avoid this getting a bike which allows you to sit up straight will be key.

You can develop saddle sores from the seat on the bike. Because it is not designed to properly support us this can be a health risk, mostly on long rides.

Erectile dysfunction has been linked to long extended athletic bike riding in a study done by Dr. Irwin Goldstein, a urologist at the Boston University School of Medicine. Sitting on a bicycle sit affects the sensitive area in both men and women which leads to a lack of blood supply and nerve sensation to the genitalia. This is something that really only affects serious professional cyclers. It can be avoided by limiting your bike riding to three hours a week and having a more supportive seat on your bike. Having the seat at the proper height will also help.

Health Benefits of Riding a Bike

All of those health risks above can really be very easily avoided for the most part, as explained. The fact of the matter is that bike riding is a great form of exercise. It’s even better for many than say running because it puts less stress on your knee and hip joints. You can get a great cardiovascular workout and tone and strengthen your leg muscles all at the same time. Here are the many benefits to riding a bike:

* It builds strength and muscle tone. And not just in your legs. Every part of your body is involved in cycling. Your legs obviously for pedaling, your heart, your arms for steering, your hands for breaking/gripping the handlebars. It’s such a well-rounded exercise.

* It improves the general muscle function gradually. And there’s little risk of strain. It will improve your mobility by strengthening your legs, thighs, buttocks, and hips.

* It builds stamina. Once people get out there biking, they really enjoy it and don’t really realize how far they have biked. You don’t notice the fatigue as much when you’re doing something you enjoy.

* It’s great for cardiovascular fitness. Because cycling uses the largest muscle groups, it raises your heart rate in a steady and strong manner working your heart muscle and improving the blood flow.

* Say goodbye to those calories when you ride a bike. You can burn 300 calories an hour just by riding a bike. Just watch those extra pounds melt off when you start to regularly ride a bike. Just 30 minutes of bike riding a day will burn 11 pounds of fat over the course of a year.

* It boosts your metabolism. Again, as you strengthen those large muscles of the body, you also boost your metabolism.

* It boosts coordination. Since it requires your whole body to remain balanced, you will improve your coordination.

* It’s a stress reducer. Exercise in general is a great way to reduce stress and helps with depression, but biking outdoors makes you one with nature. Taking the time to breathe in the fresh air and feeling nature’s breeze is so refreshing and does wonders for the soul.

Riding a bike for fitness might have some things to watch out for, but if you use the right equipment and proper posture, then you will see so many benefits and it will do you a world of good. So get out there and ride your way to a heart-healthy life.

Use Your Childhood Experience of Learning to Ride a Bicycle to Help You to Succeed With Dating

This week I want to discuss your childhood days when you were first learning how to ride your bicycle.

So, you may be wondering why learning how to ride a bicycle has anything to do with meeting, attracting, dating, and seducing single women. Well, it is related and I’ll explain why:

Remember when you got your first bicycle for Christmas or your birthday? You were so excited and you could hardly wait to ride it.

So, when you were first learning to ride it, you would lose your balance and fall off your bicycle. Sometimes you would skin a knee or elbow. But, this would not deter you. You would get right up and jump on your bicycle again. No matter how many times you fell off your bicycle you would get right back up and try again until you mastered riding a bicycle. You didn’t give up. You didn’t just say to yourself, “The heck with this, this is too hard, I give up!” No, you stuck with it because your were bound and determined to learn how to ride your bicycle. A few setbacks did not deter you. You were determined to succeed and you did.

And, let this childhood experience help you succeed with single women. Just like in dating and riding a bicycle, you will fail a few times. But, you keep trying until you get it right and master the art of succeeding with women and meet the woman of your dreams.

And just because you fail a few times with women, you just don’t give up hope and quit. Just like when you were learning to ride your bicycle, you didn’t just give up. You kept trying until you got the hang of it and you could keep your balance and steer it.

Well, I hope this article helps you develop a new positive outlook on the times that you have trouble doing better with women and the dating game. Just go back in time when you were first learning to ride your bicycle. Remember how determined you were to succeed and apply this same philosophy to your dating life.

Five Interval Training Suggestions to Use While Riding Your Bicycle

So much has been written about interval training, and with good reason.It’s fun, doesn’t take a lot of time, and enables your heart to pump more blood to your muscles, training them to use oxygen more effectively. And all interval training really involves is a short burst of intense activity, followed by a short rest.

Generally, whatever aerobic activity – walking, jogging, running, for example – you can think of can also be adapted for interval training. But in this article, I’m going to focus on five ways to use interval training as you ride your bicycle.

1. Choose two long blocks. At the beginning of the first block, speed up by pedaling rapidly and stop at the end of the second block. Now rest. You can remain seated on your bike if you wish. Give yourself a few minutes to catch your breath and relax.

2. Find a hill locally that isn’t too long or steep. Beginning at the base of that hill, climb its length by pedaling as fast as possible until you reach the top. Then rest and give yourself time to catch your breath.

3. Find a lake in a nearby park. Pick a starting point, such as a bench near a tree. This starting point will also be your finish “line.” At your starting point, ride as fast as possible around the lake back to the place that you chose as a starting point. Then stop and rest and relax.

4. Choose a different location and again, pick a starting and ending point. You can vary the distance. Then ride as quickly as possible and stop at the place that you chose as an ending point. Then rest, as usual.

5. Choose another area that is somewhat hilly and designate a starting and ending point. Then ride your bicycle as fast as possible to the ending point and rest. You should consider this as an ultimate interval training activity and not try it until you’ve done some intervals on shorter distances. By the time you’ve reached the ultimate, which is this activity, you will acclimated yourself to high intensity rides.

Of all the aerobic exercises you can do, cycling is perhaps the easiest and most fun. You can ride alone or with a friend and have the flexibility of deciding where and how long to ride. Best of all, you will feel so much better after a few interval training rides and improve your muscle tone and lose more fat.