Once you’ve learnt to ride a bike you never forget how... Correct, but despite that, things don’t always go to plan. Follow this simple advice and the chances are you’ll have a great bike ride
- Always wear a helmet and gloves. For downhill, see special information.
- Be realistic regarding your level of fitness and skill!
- Is the trail suitable for you? Choose a trail to suit your experience!
- Always carry a route map.
- Carry spare parts, e.g. extra inner tube.
- For long rides, take water, an energy bar and an extra jumper or jacket.
- Dress appropriately: remember that the weather can change. Think of everything before you set off so that you can deal with any problems that may arise. Then off you go, have fun and come back tired but happy!
A bike in working condition is important for a successful ride. Always check your bike before you set off!
- Wheels: Make sure the wheels spin freely and are fixed securely.
- Loose parts: Lift the cycle and shake it gently. Is it rattling? Check it!
- Chain: Is the chain dry and squeaking – oil it!
- Tyres: Check for damage and cracks. Pump them if necessary.
- Brakes: Try the brakes before you set off!
- Handlebars: Put the handlebars between your knees and twist them. Are they loose? Tighten them!
Advice for the tour!
Here is some advice on how bikers can keep land owners, fellow road users and others happy:
- Ride only on trails that are open. Please respect that trails can be temporarily closed, avoid crossing private property.
- Leave no traces. Do not drop litter – take home everything you brought along on the tour.
- Ride under control. Be observant of surface of the track and the weather and adjust your cycling accordingly. Show consideration to others on the trails and roads.
- Warn others when overtaking. Show yur presence and slow down when meeting or overtaking others.
- Do not scare wildlife. Animals are scared by sudden movement and loud noises. Give them time and space to get out of the way.
- Plan your tour. Check your equipment, your know-how and the area you are cycling in. Always bring suitable repair equipment and extra clothing.