If you are tired of sitting on your butt in your car and watching the clock tick away, it may be time to start riding a bike again! Riding a bike can be a very rewarding experience, but like anything else, there are a few things you need to know before you get started. Here are several useful tips for people looking to get back into shape on their bikes.

Check Your Bike. If it’s been a long time since you took out your bike for a ride, take some time to check it out. Check for any scratches or wear on the frame or the tires. Apply a thin layer of wax to prevent rust from building up. If you haven’t been riding for a while, also have your tires rotated, both front and rear. It’s always best to ride side by side so you can catch mistakes from both sides. And make sure you take all the necessary measures to prevent a bicycle accident. Safety should always be a top priority when you’re on the road. Make sure your brakes are working properly, and your lights and reflectors are visible, especially if you plan to ride in low-light conditions. Don’t forget to wear a helmet, even if you’re just going for a short ride. Being proactive about safety will not only help you prevent accidents but also ensure that your return to biking is a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Skip The Pants. Skipping pants is a big no-no when it comes to riding a bicycle. Not only do they make you look like you’re going to fall over, they decrease airflow and they increase your risk of getting a flat. Instead, wear comfortable knee and leg padding so you’re not sacrificing much comfort for safety.

Skip The Helmet. Although most bikers agree that wearing a helmet is a necessity if you plan on cycling for any length of time, skip the helmet during your first few rides out. By taking these few simple steps, you can improve your posture and protect your head from impact, which can prevent serious head injuries.

Lose The Fibula. Unless you’ve been riding for years and your fibula hasn’t cured yet, there’s a good chance you have bent or damaged your fibula during your previous ride. This is a common accident for many bikers, as they try to right themselves after getting off their bicycles. Avoid this by riding with a support belt, adjusting your riding position to ensure your legs are in a neutral position at all times while you’re on your bike.

Finally, it’s always best to start riding a bike regularly with a safety check in place. This might include wearing reflective gear and making sure your bicycle has a working smoke system. You don’t want to be caught off guard if you see someone breaking into your road. Safety checks are also a great way to stay safe on your bicycle by practicing basic cycle-riding techniques. Begin by riding on level ground and make sure to keep your shoulders loose so you don’t fall off. Also, when going down a hill, don’t ride against the curb; instead, make a complete 360-degree turn, riding perpendicular to the street.