Cycling safety

 

IN GENERAL:

No helmet, no ride
Have a full on-trail repair kit
Carry a good first aid kit
Visors (“glasses” – plastic) are essential
Always stay well hydrated
Check map for water points
Inform base or friends where you are riding
Carry a charged cellphone
Load a cycle repair app on the phone
Don’t ride several abreast on any roads
Look out for bikejackers, and
Never tackle them – turn and escape, or
Drop bike and run

ON TAR:

Go in single file
Stay within the yellow line
Obey all rules of the road
Watch the shoulder of the road – it may drop off
Listen carefully for traffic from behind
Look at oncoming traffic
Be ready to ride off the shoulder
NEVER look backwards over your shoulder
At intersections, stop, look, ride across
Signal if you are turning
At dawn, dusk and night: ride with bike lights
A head torch is best for night riding

ON GRAVEL:

All of the above
Learn to ride on corrugations, sand and mud
Listen for vehicles and take evasive action
At speed on downslopes look 5 metres ahead
Use legs and knees as springs on rough surfaces

ON TRACKS:

Get a map if possible, with escape routes
Stay on track – care for the environment
Watch out for hikers
Learn to ride berms, humps and drop-offs
Sit for hillclimbs, stand for descents
Your whole body – arms, legs, torso – works with the bike
Adjust your centre of gravity over the saddle