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10 Common Beliefs About Road Biking that Aren’t True!

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CYCLING IS DANGEROUS

When you conduct a survey of the literature on cycling accidents you discover that cycling safety statistics are pretty dry. But there is more to each accidental experience. It is not the entire contribution of the car in an accident, its partially you or entirely you.

It maybe the adverse weather, rolling a stop sign by you on a residential street or you may be cycling in the dark without being careful.

A significant contributor to cycling risk creed is social media. It forms the opinion out of people by displaying several accidents and scaring them. Cycling is not dangerous, it just requires being careful in different conditions and experience.

CYCLISTS  PAY ROAD TAX

Car drivers pay VED which depends on the vehicle’s carbon dioxide emission. Since bicycles produce zero emission, they aren’t supposed to pay VEDs.

CYCLISTS SHOULD ONLY USE CYCLE LANES OR CYCLE TRACKS

Only motorways are built for cars and not bicycles. Cycle lanes are the painted areas on the road while cycle tracks are separately built on the side of the road or away from it. 

But you are suggested to use them only when they are “practicable” as per the Highway Code. As we see some cycle lanes are narrow.

CYCLISTS HAVE TO KEEP LEFT

Sticking to the kerb might feel safer but a certain distance should be maintained. You should be away from the kerb, about a meter or more while cycling.

Also, when you opt for the lane, you make yourself more visible to the drivers in the centre of the lane which forces them to react to your presence and there comes their need to overtake you properly rather than sifting past from the side when there’s not enough room.

TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE NOT FOR CYCLISTS

Cyclists should abide by the traffic rules as they indirectly induce car drivers to jump signals as well when the cyclists do.

Some offences yet, are not applicable to cyclists for example, crossing a certain speed limit on public roads, talking on mobile phone while riding, etc. But they can be fined for minor offenses and dangerous cycling.

CYCING MAKES YOU PERSPIRE

Cycling is not sweating. It totally depends on your pace. In fact, cycling is like walking. If you walk or run faster, you sweat. It’s a similar case with cycling.

In addition to this, you can wear light clothes; get yourself an electric bike, etc. to avoid sweating if you pedal faster.

Moreover, perspiration mainly depends on your weight and experience. After repeated training, your body becomes more capable at cooling. So the fitter you are, the more you will sweat.

A CYCLIST MUST BE FIT

Frequent cycling sessions will enhance your health and tone your muscles but that doesn’t mean you have to start with being fit already.

Cycling is a fun activity you’d love to do on a daily basis. Also, what makes cycling difficult may depend on the quality of bike. A nasty, badly set-up bike may give you a horrible experience but properly set up, good bikes are a breeze.

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