Safe Riding Tips            

 

Check the condition of your bike.  Always insure that your is in good working order; tires, brakes, horn, and lights all contribute to your safety when riding.  A poorly maintained bike is an accident looking for a place to happen.

Wear proper clothing.  Proper riding gear can literally save your hide if you are involved in an accident.  Never ride in shorts or without a shirt.  Always wear shoes, preferably a pair of over the ankle leather boots.

 

Always stay alert to your surroundings.  Remember SIPDE... scan, identify, predict, decide, execute.  Be aware, look for lane changes or merging traffic.  Use hand signals and turn lamps to indicate your intentions to others.  Check your blind spot before changing lanes.  Be ready to use your horn to let know others where you're there and be ready to move quickly to avoid a collision. NEVER drink and ride.  Your life is worth more than a few beers.

 

Watch for obstacles.  Be prepared to brake quickly, using both the front and back brakes evenly.  Swerving is sometimes necessary, but don't brake and swerve at the same time... road rash hurts!  Watch for animals in the roadway.  Try to avoid hitting the animal if possible, but remember hitting something small is less painful than hitting something big, like a car.  Dogs love to chase bikes but don't kick at them.  You may lose control and that dog will have finally caught one!

 

Riding in groups  Always have a leader who is responsible for watching ahead for danger and keeping the group on the right course.  The leader sets the pace according to the skill level of the weakest link.  Small groups are better since it's easier to prevent being separated.  The leader, or road captain, should go over the route, stops and hand signals with the group before the ride.  The road captain should also designate a drag bike to bring up the rear.  The drag bike is responsible for for insuring that no one gets left behind.  As long as the leader can see the drag bike, he knows the group is together.  Maintain a safe distance and put more inexperienced riders in the front of the group can keep an eye on them.  Don't ride side by side, stagger riders so that a safe distance remains between your bike and the bike in front of you, but keep ranks close.