Bicycling – Safety First

As the weather gets nicer you will see more and more cyclists out of the road. If you are driving please watch out for them. If you are the cyclist please keep safety in mind. Cycling is such a great activity if you love to be outdoors, or just love to get fit. Make sure to put safety first when you get out on the roads. This video was produced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a great review of the basic things to keep in mind when mounting your bicycle. Be safe!

Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Always do a complete safety check of your bike before mounting it (brakes, tire pressure, spokes, chain etc…)
Make your first outdoor ride on level, smooth road with low traffic
Carry RoadID and a saddle bag with a cell phone, snacks, and tire repair supplies
Bring water with you on rides of any distance
Ride defensively, watch out for cars and use proper hand signals
Travel one car doors length away from parked cars just in case one opens on you
Watch for potholes, gravel, rocks and railroad tracks
Always travel in the same direction as traffic – follow all traffic laws
Wear bright and reflective clothing – dress to be seen
Avoid cycling in the dark
Wear a quality helmet, shatter-resistant protective eyewear, gloves and other protective gear


Video on how to change a tire

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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete and certified running and triathlon coach recently competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa in 2018. Lora was born and raised in Colorado and was to run for the University and Utah & Utah State University where she obtained a degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and loves to share her experiences. Learn more: About Coach Lora Erickson