Cycling tips for the novice

Cycling tips for the novice


Posted by John Cheshire on

Cycling is a healthier, it more enjoyable and a greener way to travel, which is also often quicker than the motorised alternatives. With more people choosing the cycling life for getting around town and out into the country. We thought we’d give you some safety tip to help make your riding even more enjoyable.

Always obey traffic lights and signposts and failure to do may put you in a great deal of danger. You should always stay focused while out on the road, when at (red) traffic lights the best approach is to start slowly getting back in a cycling position as the signal turn to amber, then move with traffic as it goes.

On narrow roads, it’s a good idea to stay central so cars can clearly see you. When the space is too narrow to give way, make sure you stay as central as possible. Moving to the side could suggest you want them to go past you, possible leaving you in a difficult situation.

Keep a distance from parked cars. Just because a car is stationary does not mean it can’t still be a danger. Car dooring is an issue that is overlooked by many cyclists, which can often lead to them being taken out by the opening a door. Always keep an eye on parked cars.

Do not cycle on pavements (unless they are designated cycling pavements). Your bike is viewed by British Law as a vehicle and it is illegal to ride them on pavements. There are however designated pavements that allow cyclists, which are usually identified by signage. If you are caught cycling on any pavement that is not signposted as cyclist-friendly, you could receive anything from a £50 fixed penalty notice, to a £500 maximum fine.

We would always recommend wearing a helmet. Although they aren’t required to be worn by UK law, it certainly makes sense whilst cycling. There is a wide range of different helmet styles you can choose from, but just make sure whatever you do, choose one.

Been seen. Depending on the time of year and temperature, it’s certainly worth investing in a high-vis jacket or vest to help with your visibility. You may not always have your high-vis clothing on you, so it’s a good idea to have a good pair of lights that will make you that much more visible when riding in poor visibility.

Make sure you keep your bike in good condition. Experiencing a breakdown while out on the road is not ideal, to say the least. Checking your bike over before leaving the house is always a good idea. Check your brake pads for wear and make sure your chain and gears are lubricated. Giving your bike a generally clean once a week is not a bad routine to have.

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