Hello members! It’s FINALLY that time of year where we all get excited to see some sustained sun (as I write this on a gloomy day) and the Triathlon season in the Northeast is about to come into full swing. After putting about 100 miles on my bike this past weekend I couldn’t help but think it would be a good time to remind folks of some simple spring safety items to be aware of. So, with one part humor and two parts serious, lets go….
Watching Facebook I can honestly say that these treacherous road mines have twisted ankles, split tires and bent their share of rims only a couple weeks into the season. Be aware of these rim mangling holes, share pothole reports with fellow riders on Facebook, ride unknown routes in your car first and keep your damn head up! I hit one baby pothole on my way back Saturday that nearly knocked me off my bike because I was screwing around with my watch. Don’t do that!
Beware of Riding in Tight Groups (Peloton Style)
This goes back a bit to the pothole situation but it’s not only potholes that will get you. I saw quite a bit of road debris, cobble in the bike lanes, glass and downed tree branches. This winter beat up on our area. If you’re riding tight to someones rim this early in the season you’ll be likely to miss these items because you won’t have the reaction time. As your lead rider spots and scoots around a road issue you’ll be likely to find it!
Lead Riders – Be the Point Man or Woman
Issues in the road, cars coming – whatever. If you’re in the lead position on the bike be gracious and point out issues likely to catch riders behind you off guard. Its just the nice thing to do.
I’ve already seen some folks trying to break the Guinness World Record for most flats on a ride this year. Try Stan’s tire sealant, don’t bring your $50 latex tubes and maybe ride on the training wheels. I’m personally trying to use up what ever is left in last years tires and I’ll glue on some new tubulars when the roads wash out a bit. Don’t forget to bring tubes, CO2 and or pump and clean out your rim before putting a fresh tube on. So many times people will get debris caught in the bead of the rim – slap a new tube on and within 5 minutes they’re doing it again.
If you’re riding alone there is a lot of technology that can help you stay safe on the roads out there. I am a personal fan of a smartphone app called Glympse. However, to avoid saying the same thing twice i’ll just refer you to the more extensive post I did on these really cool technologies to keep you safe in the saddle and on the run.
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