Your safety is very important to us! Please take the time to review these essential safety and training tips to ensure you are ride ready.
One of the benefits of your Ride with Wheels is the opportunity to train, get in shape, and take advantage of this amazing sport. Here are some basic training tips to get you started:
Try to ride a few times a week rather than one long ride each week.
Always carry at least one, if not two, full water bottles with you when you set out for a training ride.
Be sure to bring some healthy snacks with you.
Choose meals and snacks that have a good balance of protein and carbohydrates to help your muscles recover faster leaving you less sore the next day.
Don’t forget to stretch!
Use basic stretches after every ride to increase flexibility and help avoid injury.
- Wheels is a ride, not a race!
- Always wear your helmet on a ride.
- Know and obey all traffic signals, signs, markings, laws, and regulations.
- Always be in control and ride predictably.
- Try to ride in a straight line, and avoid excessive weaving back and forth.
- Use hand signals and call out to indicate that you are going to turn or are about to stop and make your intentions known to those around you.
- When stopping, pull to the right edge of the road. Move completely off the road to rest or make repairs.
- Cycle with traffic, not against it. When moving from one lane to another, always give way to traffic.
- Keep to the right of the road and leave other riders plenty of room to pass on your left.
- Always stop at stop signs and look right, left, then right again before entering the road.
- Always make left turns from the appropriate left-turn lane.
- Ride single file when cycling with a group. Do not ride side by side.
- Always be on the lookout for a person in the driver’s seat of any parked car you may pass. Parked drivers are notorious for swinging their doors open suddenly or pulling out into traffic without checking for bicyclists.
To ensure your safety and enjoyment of your Ride with Wheels here is a list of proper cycling gear that we recommend for the ride.