How to ride safely in special environments

For all riders, you may encounter bad weather during long-distance riding, or you may like to pursue freedom in adventure. During a long riding trip, we will encounter some special environments. In this article, let’s talk about how to ride safely in special environments. 

1. Riding at night

Night riding

Night riding is a way of relaxation that many young riders choose nowadays. However, the dim light reduces our visibility so it’s difficult to detect obstacles on the road in time. The following tips can help us to avoid risks. 

(1) Prepare essential equipment

Headlights, taillights, reflective stickers, lifeguard whistles

(2) Select a safe ride route 

There are some common routes we should better keep away from. For example: construction routes, narrow routes and routes with many vehicles etc. 

(3) Avoid wearing headphones

(4) Avoid riding along

(5) Inform ride route to family or friends 

2. Riding in rain or snow

Riding in snowy weather

We generally do not ride in bad weather, but during long-distance riding or when the weather changes suddenly, we may face rain or snow. The following tips can be used to protect ourselves.

(1) Prepare rain protection equipment before a long trip

It is best to prepare a cycling raincoat. Because the back hem of ordinary raincoats will easily flip forward and block the view when the wind is strong.

(2) Keep distance and control the speed

It is easy to slip on rainy and snowy days. If the speed is too fast and you cannot brake in time, it is easy to cause a traffic accident. You can deflate the tires appropriately to increase friction. Except that turn on the rear taillights when riding in foggy weather to avoid rear collisions.

(3) Maintain your bike after riding

Clean and maintain the bike promptly after riding. Focusing on cleaning the front and rear derailleurs, chain, crankset, flywheel, and other parts that are prone to jamming.

3. Riding on plateau

At an altitude of more than 1,000 meters, there is always some scenery that attracts many cyclists. However, if we are in a low-oxygen environment for a long time, we may have a series of physiological reactions. If you want to ride on the plateau, we can refer to the following tips.

(1) Physical examination

Do not ride on the plateau blindly, have a  physical examination in advance.

(2) Must bring equipment

Oxygen bottle, warning lights, repair kit, spare parts, cycling raincoat pants, thick clothes, and essential medicines.

(3) Riding at a constant speed

Avoid strenuous exercise, conserve physical energy and reduce the body’s oxygen consumption.

(4) Get good rest and replenish energy in time

(5) Timely medical treatment

If you suffer from altitude stress, you must have a rest in time and seek the professional medical help.

4. Ride in the wild

Riding in the wild

Mountain bike enthusiasts often ride in sparsely populated mountains and forests in pursuit of excitement and adventure, but there are many safety risks. If you ride in the wild, you can refer to the following content.

(1) Must bring equipment

In addition to the general equipment required for outdoor riding, you also need to prepare a first aid kit, compass, relevant riding map, tent, knife, fire, locator, flashlight, and rain-proof equipment.

(2) Familiarize the route and the use of equipment

(3) Learn aid knowledge in advance

(4) Save yourself from getting lost

If you get lost, you must calm down. You should walk along the ridge because there are likely to be flash floods along the valleys. Stay away from low-lying land and slippery grass. If possible, make some special signal for help.

Cycling is full of fun but safety should be foremost. What other special weather conditions have you encountered while riding? Don’t hesitate to leave a message. We are looking forward to listening to your idea and story.  

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