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Cyclists getting ready for a safe race

Cyclists getting ready for a safe race

Cyclists getting ready for a safe race

Cyclists getting ready for a safe race

Sam R., Blogger

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There is a common misconception with bike riding. A decent amount of people who have ever ridden a bike think that if they go slow and be careful, they don’t need the proper equipment. That is completely false. When going on a bike ride, no matter how slow or far, you need the following supplies to keep you safe and to make sure you get home in one piece.

The list includes:

  • a helmet
  • a water bottle
  • protective eyewear
  • bike gloves
  • close toed shoes
  • sunscreen

Without the proper equipment, biking can be more dangerous than shooting a gun. Wearing a helmet protects you from breaking your skull on impact with a surface. A water bottle will keep you hydrated and aware of your surroundings. Protective eyewear can be sunglasses or regular vision glasses too. These will protect your eyes from any dirt or other debris that might be flying from in front of you. Wearing bike gloves will protect you from getting blisters on your palms and lower finger areas from holding the handle bars for too long. Closed toe shoes are incredibly important for a few reasons.

This is what a professional biker looks like in a race

 

Number one; they will keep sharp objects from cutting your feet. Number two; they will protect your feet from sunburn. Number three; if you fall, your toes will not break upon impact. One of the most important items on the list is sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen can be the difference between having an enjoyable ride, or a torturous ride. Wearing sunscreen will protect you from sunburn (obviously) and it will also protect you from insect stings if you buy the right kind. Certain types of sunscreen make bees stay away. Getting stung by a bee while riding your bike is no fun. I can tell you from experience. It’s happened to me twice. You will want to have anti venom to be safe.

 

There are multiple injuries that you can get from bike riding, the most serious being death. At the lowest level, you can get a scraped knee or elbow from falling. You can get a gash in your arm from falling too. You can get dehydrated from not having enough water. You can get sunstroke from not being careful about how long you’re exposed to the sun. You can get first degree burns from not wearing sunscreen.

 

In the summer of 2016, I went on a 50 mile bike ride. 5 minutes into the ride, another rider in my group had a pedal fall off. This can be dangerous for many reasons. Number one is; if your pedal falls off, you don’t have control over your bike. The second reason is; the pedal could get caught in the tire, flipping the bike and injuring you.

This could be you if you don’t have the proper equipment. He looks fine despite the fall. He probably suffered minor bruising and scrapes. Other people aren’t so lucky…

This man fell off of his bike and broke his collarbone even with the proper safety equipment. This just goes to show how dangerous biking can be.

 

So just remember, when you go on a bike ride, bring the proper equipment.

8 Comments

8 Responses to “Backpacking on Wheels”

  1. Isaiah R. on February 7th, 2018 11:13 am

    This is really good. I agree with everything on here. No matter how good you are you need the right gear. Good job!

  2. August H. on February 8th, 2018 8:07 am

    I really liked the pictures and the videos you put in. Also I like the links that you used. You did an amazing job at explaining why biking can be dangerous without the proper equipment. I just completely agree!

  3. Grace S. on February 9th, 2018 9:17 am

    I agree that you need to have the right gear or else you could get hurt by not having water, a helmet, and any other gear that will help you stay safe.

  4. Angelina R. on February 9th, 2018 10:40 pm

    I really like your blog. I like how you included your personal experience into it showing that these things really do happen and how it is not just made up story on why we need proper equipment. Good work!

  5. Mikhael F. on February 12th, 2018 7:49 am

    Your blog is very well organized and very descriptive. You gave us your personal experiences and told us why biking is so dangerous even with the right gear. The videos and pictures really support your claim.

  6. Franklin M. on February 13th, 2018 8:43 am

    Nice job, Sam. Thanks for telling me what gear I need. Next time I go biking on a trail with trees I will wear everything and try not to get hurt. It hurts when you fall.

  7. Marvin S. on February 14th, 2018 8:36 pm

    This a very good blog. I agree that if you don’t have the right gear you can really get hurt.

  8. Pedro M. on February 15th, 2018 10:44 am

    I like your blog and how you explained how dangerous biking is without the right gear.

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