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Safety is always a virtue when it comes to cycling. But it’s even more important in the summer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most bicycle deaths happen during the summer months.
You can step up your bike road safety habits with just a few simple changes that make a big difference. Between protecting your noggin and avoiding heatstroke, here are some of our safe biking tips for summer riders:
This should be a no brainer, but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we left it off the list. Helmets are optional for riders over the age of 18 in most states. Wear one anyway. If you do have a fall or get into an accident, wearing a helmet could cut your chances of experiencing a serious brain injury by 51%.
If your bike has been in the garage all winter, give it a check-up before you hit the road. The chain could have rusted, the tires could be too low, or the wheel could need to be re-tuned. It would be a shame to realize that something is wrong once you’re a few miles down a trail. When in doubt, complete this helpful tune-up checklist before you hit the road for the first ride of the season.
Summer temperatures can spike unpredictably. Don’t get caught in the middle of a national park or other type of deserted area without a bottle of water or sports drink. The average adult should drink about 20oz for every hour that they’re riding. Yes, this may mean a few more bathroom stops on a long ride. But better that than starting to see spots on an incline!
Just because you were riding 10 miles at a time on Labor Day last year doesn’t mean you should go for it today. Begin your summer bicycle season with a few leisurely trips around the block or short jaunts to the park. You may need to build up your stamina for a few weeks until you’re back to your same route from last summer. Going too hard too fast could lead to injury or dehydration.
All cyclists should wear tons of sun protection. In addition to sunscreen, consider buying a cycling jersey that has built-in sun protection. If you’re out on the trail all day, you’ll need to reapply at some point. Try a “sport” sunscreen that won’t run as much when you sweat.
You’ve got our road bike tips – now how about one of our bikes? Sixthreezero has the best bikes for men and the best bikes for women. Make your summer rides more enjoyable by upgrading your gear! We have beach cruisers, 3- and 7-speeds, and electric bikes with an extra kick. While you’re here, you can even pick up a new water bottle cage or basket.
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