Now that the weather is getting nice, a lot of cyclists are hitting the road after taking the winter off. Here are some tips to stay safe and healthy while hitting the road on two wheels this spring.
Tune Up Your Bike
One of the first things you should do before hitting the road is to get your bike tuned up. In short, you’ll need to clean up your bike and test your brakes, wheels, tires, drivetrain, cables, and lubricate the chain. You can read more about how to tune up your bike here.
Brush Up on Laws and Safety Tips
Give yourself a refresher on the rules of the road for bicycles, and make sure your own safety equipment is in good working order. You’ll need a helmet obviously, but you also want to make sure your other cycling gear, like shoes and clothing, is in good shape. Brush up on cycling etiquette, too. Some quick tips:
- Make visibility a priority. Your clothing should be bright or fluorescent during the day, and reflective if you’re cycling at night.
- Make eye contact with drivers. This lets drivers know you’re aware of them and helps you to know whether or not they’re aware of you.
- Signal your actions in plenty of time. Before you turn or change lanes, make sure you look and then signal your intentions. You don’t want to surprise drivers or other cyclists with a sudden turn.
- Pedestrians have the right of way. Make sure you’re always on the lookout for pedestrians, and yield to them at all times.
Prepare and Listen to Your Body
If you’re just getting back into cycling after a winter break, remember to start slowly and increase the length and intensity of your rides gradually. Make sure you fuel up before your ride, and aim to drink one bottle of water per hour during your ride (and potentially more depending on the heat and how hard you’re working). If you’re planning a ride that’s longer than two hours, have a plan to stop for a snack and refills.
Hydration Therapy at Infusion Express
If you’re taking part in many long rides or races, hydration is key to both your health and performance — and Infusion Express can help. A hydration infusion can help you prepare for or recover from a long ride, and at Infusion Express, we work with your busy schedule to schedule your treatment in a facility that feels more like a spa than a clinic.
If you’re ready to experience the difference hydration therapy can make in your life, give us a call at either one of our two convenient locations in Lee’s Summit or Overland Park. We look forward to helping you reach your healthiest potential!