Lets visit about safety for a bit.
Always remember, cycling is a Great sport but it is inherently dangerous. We share the road with vehicles that out weigh us by several thousand pounds and that travel many times our speed. Be careful and ride defensively. Never assume the other guy is going to yield to you and always ride as if the motorist can't see you, because sometimes they don't. Please use hand signals to let others know what your intentions are and follow all traffic regulations.
Always wear your helmet.
We have no way of knowing when an accident might happen. It could happen as we ride to the corner store or in a park on our way to the bathroom. Therefore, we should always have a helmet on. Below you will see the results of an accident on a leisure ride. The rider was on his way to buy a new helmet after his old helmet broke. One minute he was happily riding along, the next he was on the ground.
Never give a motorist the single finger salute no matter how much they deserve it. This can, and in most instances will, make a bad situation much worse. Simply get their tag number and turn it over to the authorities. Make sure that you are being a good neighbor on the road so that you don't provoke bad behavior from others.
IMPORTANT: Always call out "On your left" when about to pass another Bicyclist. This lets them know that they are about to be passed and to ride steady. Most crashes I have seen were caused by one cyclist passing another without warning and the second biker swerved at the wrong time.
Also remember that most bikers use clipless pedals and that sometimes they can't get their feet unclipped in time to stop a fall. Always let others know you are slowing and stopping so they can prepare. Most road rash is cause by someone stopping suddenly and a biker can't unclip in time to not fall over.
All pictures and material on this site © Klent Harkness, All Rights Reserved. All information offered on this site is advice only. I am not a Physician and I am only relating personal experience and my own opinions on this site. Please seek the opinion of your personal Physician before starting any exercise or diet program. I get an annual physical and my doctor monitors both my exercise and diet programs. Yours should to. .....Klent