Whatever your reason may be for riding a bike, there’s no denying that the vehicle has since grown to become your trusted road buddy. After pedaling many miles with your bike since you first bought it, you may have decided to embark on a cross-country biking trip. But before you head off and explore other parts of the United States by bike, here are some safety tips for you to follow:
- Pack light and bring only the essentials with you.
You may have done all the necessary preparations before finally embarking on a cross-country biking trip. However, you made the terrible mistake of bringing what essentially amounts to almost your entire house with you.
- Your bike’s tires may be able to withstand the heavy weight of everything that you’ve brought with you but once you step on your bike, you may have a harder time balancing it which can cause you to fall to the ground and get injured.
- That’s why you should only bring with you a couple of panniers and pack all the essentials there including but not limited to canned food, bottled water, some spare bike parts, a cable lock to secure your bike, a mini tool kit, and camping gear.
- Check your bike’s tires before and after riding it.
A cross-country biking trip that lets you cover thousands of miles can place a huge toll on your bike’s tires as you subject them to various sorts of terrain from the smooth asphalt of some urban road to a dirt and gravel bike trail.
- Every time you ride your bike, you should do a quick inspection of its tires by pinching them to check that they haven’t been deflated yet at any point in your cross-country biking trip.
- You should also ask around if there are any bike repair shops close to your predetermined route so that in case your bike’s tires suddenly get deflated in the middle of your trip, you can walk your bike over to one or hitch a ride on your way there.
- Give yourself some moments of rest.
Your cross-country biking trip may be an endurance test of sorts, but you have to remember that at the end of the day, you’re a human who gets tired from time to time and not a machine.
- If you feel that you can’t pedal anymore as your legs are beginning to burn in pain, you should take a break, hydrate yourself, and eat some of those energy snacks that you brought along with you.
- You should make sure though to get some rest in an area where there are residents around instead of a desolated one where help might not come in handy in case something bad happens to you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 460,000 bicyclists in the United States got injured in 2015. You can’t afford to get injured at all in your cross-country biking trip, especially as you have thousands of miles to cover and good memories to bring with you once you pedal your way back home. The above-listed safety tips should help you ensure your cross-country biking trip’s success, most especially as you’ll want all the hours that you’ve spent training long and hard for it to pay off in the end. But in case you get yourself caught in a bike accident while you’re in the middle of your cross-country trip, you should call a lawyer right away.