Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. But before you start pedaling, be sure you're up to date on how to do it safely.
One important thing to keep in mind when choosing a bike is making sure it fits you. Here are some ways to tell if yours is right:
Wearing a bike helmet use isn't just smart. In many states it's the law.
Many bike accidents involve a head injury, so a crash could mean serious brain injury or death for someone who doesn't wear one while riding. Each year in the United States, many people are seriously injured in bicycle-related accidents, and most of those injuries could have been avoided if a helmet was worn. To protect against brain injury, make sure you wear a correctly fitting helmet on every ride.
Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a helmet:
What you wear when riding a bike is also very important for safety:
Here are some must-know safety tips:
If you can, keep your bike indoors, especially on rainy days. This will help to keep your chain rust-free. You'll also want to check your tires' air pressure (the correct pressure is on the sidewall of the tire), the brakes, and the chain (for grease and tightness) often.
It's important to know the arm signals for changing direction or turning. Don't change directions or lanes without first looking behind you, and always use the correct signals.
Use your left arm for all signals:
Electric bikes (eBikes), which can run on electric power or by pedaling, are getting more popular. While some states have minimum age requirements (some as low as 14 years old), others don't. Some eBikes can reach speeds of up to 28 m.p.h., which is one reason why most doctors would agree that eBike riders should be at least 16 years old.
If you're considering an eBike, be sure you know about the safety risks involved. You should follow the same safety rules when you use an eBike as when you ride a regular bike.
No matter what type of bike you ride, always wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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