Ride Safe, Ride Free
We just recently were singled out by NSW Compensation Lawyers for our thoughts on staying safe on the road. Check out our feature in the article to 'Protect yourself with these cycling safety tips'.
There’s nothing like the open road and we applaud every one of you for getting out there to embrace it. While we exist to empower you to live as freely as possible with performance apparel and accessories – all made from unique, eco-friendly materials – it’s also important to take a step back and talk the broader safety concerns that all cyclists face.
Here are our essential tips for unleashing your inner cyclist, while being safe and cautious every time you get in the saddle.
Our 9 Top Tips For a Safer Ride
- Always follow the rules of the road. Not only is it safer, but it also prevents triggering a driver’s road rage. This may not seem like your problem, but believe us, if it comes down to you on your bike versus a car, their rage could quickly be a very real problem for you.
- When approaching intersections and driveways, make sure you know that the driver has seen you to avoid a collision. One great way to do this – literally stick your hand straight up in the air until you get a wave back. Something about the extra height of your extended arm/hand makes you look bigger - it's a primitive brain thing.
- When approaching a roundabout, take the whole lane. It’s your traffic prerogative, and it’s safer - preventing cars from trying to squeeze past.
- Don’t try and force your right of way. This is blunt, but true: metal always trumps meat.
- Smile. It's harder for drivers to be upset if you've given them a gentle smile - plus, that positive attitude will keep you aware and alert and motorists will take extra care to be safe around you if you’re uplifting – hey, maybe you’ll even inspire them to get out on a bike when they see how much fun you’re having.
- When riding, it’s also important to stay on top of your gear and the well-being of your bike. A well maintained bike will perform as you command, which is exactly what you need.
- Make sure your tyres are in a good nick, especially in bad riding conditions. Contrary to popular belief, you actually don’t want them to be filled to a high pressure. A somewhat lower pressure is actually safer, more comfortable and more efficient.
- Safety lights are a must. Flashing lights are great, although this can be too distracting if you ride in groups. Be sure to wear high-visibility apparel. Our Pro cycling Apparel designs are based on research to ensure you are visible without looking like a construction worker.
- And, it goes without saying – wear a helmet!