5 Must Have Skills Of A Cyclist

Rex Boggs - www.marcdussault.comBeing a cyclist is more than knowing a few tricks. Though doing tricks like the one wheeler is all good fun but when it comes to safety, it is not a must have skill. To be a cyclist is to know the road rules, know how far you can ride and where you are going.

The following are five skills every cyclist should have…

1. Road Rules Smart

Just like with cars, there are fines for cyclists too. Stop lights, stop signs and every other road sign applies to you as well because you are a road user. Follow them and stay safe. Be ready to show your identification to authorities when a breach of the road rules has occurred. Always signal your turn before making it. The right way is to look back before indicating which direction you are travelling with your arm. Ride in the direction of traffic and if dismounted travel in the opposite direction of traffic.

2. Have the right equipment

Every cyclist needs a helmet, a working brake system and lights. In the early dawn hours and late at night, cyclists need to have white front lights and a red rear light or reflectors. This is to let cars know where you are riding and maintain a good safe distance from them. As for braking, know to brake specifically in an emergency. Lean back and put your weight over the rear wheel and brake hard. This can save you in lots of situations. Such as if a car suddenly brakes in front of your path. To ensure that you have the best bike, invest in one that champion riders use. Merida has some good ones on offer http://www.merida.com.au/

3. The moves

The bunny hop – Just lift your bike while riding. This move can help you avoid obstacles on the road and in the bush.
No hands/One hand – This is a matter of balance and either move can help you. With one hand you can readjust an uncomfortable helmet, grab your drink bottle and signal a turn. As for the no hands move you can cheer when you win a race or knock on a car window when they get too close for comfort.

Stationary Balance – Where you stand balanced with both feet on the pedals. This move saves your energy when you are waiting for stop lights to change or when you need time while approaching a difficult turn. This move also comes in handy when you have a slower rider in your way.

4. Power-to-weight ratio

This ratio helps you calculate how long and how fast you can travel according to your weight. To calculate your power-to-weight ratio, divide your body weight in pounds by 2.2 to convert it to kilograms, and then divide your weight into the average power from a 20- or 30-minute time trial. The lighter you weigh, the faster you can cycle.

5. Be resourceful

Map out where you are travelling and keep supplies handy. A small backpack carrying a map, phone, identification and money is handy. Also water to keep you hydrated. Bikes come with a special clutch to hold your water.

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