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Safety On Your Bike

by John Okon |

Cycling is a great way to get around town and is also good for your health. SweatVac Performance Wear has cycling clothing that will keep you safe and more comfortable while you ride. Here you'll find the best cycling apparel as well as some great tips for riding in style. You can even get a quote for custom preferences! Please email our customer service team and shop for high-quality cycling gear.

Top 3 Cycling Safety Tips

1. Take Your Lane

Many road riders move as far to the right as the road allows because they know that cars can endanger them. Most people now know about bike lanes, which are usually on the right side of the road. Without a bike lane, some riders stay on the white line or the shoulder which is not always right.  The most important thing is to be seen. It means that when riding on an empty road, you should be on the LEFT of the white line and in the lane for cars. We call this "claiming the lane."


However, each case is different. Because of how the road is set up and how wide it is, you must decide whether to take the lane. You must also consider how fast the traffic is and how many cars are on it. Also when getting over a steep rise in the road and going downhill, be aware that an approaching car coming up the rise behind you might not be able to see you until they get over the top.


When cycling in the city, it's critical to choose a lane that will keep you as safe as possible. Riding near parked cars you in danger of being hit by people that open their doors or pull out onto the street. If there is a bike lane, take advantage of it! If there isn't one, ride a few feet from the parked cars along with traffic. It will increase your visibility to drivers and help you avoid being hit by open doors. If cars are approaching from behind and you need to move close to parked cars watch ahead through the cars’ rear windows to see if there are any people in them. If there are, approach with caution in case one of them opens a door on your side.


Here are four reasons why you should stick to your own path:


  • Drivers make more room for you. Cars stop buzzing you too close when you start doing this. When you are to the right, cars almost always try to squeeze by. When you take the lane, other drivers must slow down and wait for a chance to pass you. It occupies a lot of space.
  • You are more noticeable. Because you are in their line of sight, where they expect things to be, you make it much more likely that an approaching driver will notice you.
  • Avoid dangerous debris and obstacles. Waste frequently accumulates on the sides of roads, as do objects that can cut your tires and injure you. Sewer grates and uneven shoulders are critical considerations. All of this can be avoided by choosing the lane.
  • The ride is more comfortable and smoother. You get nervous when you're stuck on the side of the road or riding on the sidewalk. That is why it is preferable to ride on the road. Driving in a lane gives you less time to look ahead and see what's coming. In addition, you have less time to avoid hazards, slow down for pedestrians, and do other things.

2. Follow Traffic Laws

When riding on public roads, cyclists must follow the same rules as cars. There are a few exceptions, such as not driving on restricted access roads. Additional bicycling regulations may apply in some areas. Here are three basic bicycle traffic laws:

Stop At Stop Signs And Red Lights

In terms of traffic laws, a cyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as a driver. When driving, you should come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. You should also move in the direction of traffic and use hand signals to indicate a turn.


Stop signs and red lights must be obeyed at all times. Even if there is no one around and you believe it is safe to continue, you must stop. People do this so that if another car comes along, they will have the right of way, potentially causing an accident.


Use Hand Signals

When you want to turn or stop, it's a good idea to use hand signals. Keep everyone else on the road safe by communicating what you're doing. As a cyclist, you are more likely to be injured in a car accident than a driver. That's why it's critical to be aware of your surroundings at all times, even when you're not moving.


When riding on city streets, cyclists should be aware of their surroundings. They should be prepared to take evasive action if necessary. Cyclists in traffic must be able to see ahead of time. Ride as straight as you possibly can, and use hand signals to indicate where you intend to go next.


Riding In The Direction Of Traffic

It is critical to always ride in the same direction as traffic when cycling. Drivers can see you and anticipate your movements this way. It also helps them avoid hitting you if they don't see you. Riding against traffic is illegal in many states and increases your chances of being involved in a crash.

3. Use Safety Equipment

Wearing the proper athletic clothing can help keep you safe while riding. Reflective clothing helps drivers and pedestrians see you in low-light situations. You can also find gear with a unique design for your cycling safety. With safety in mind, we create customized athletic apparel.


This gear is frequently brightly colored and has reflective strips to make you more visible. It can also include helmets, gloves, and elbow and knee pads.Also flashing lights on the front and back of your bike are excellent for making you more visible in low light conditions.


When riding a bicycle, you should always wear a helmet. In the event of a fall or collision, a properly fitted helmet can protect your head and help prevent serious injuries. Make sure to buckle the straps for a secure fit and adjust the pads as needed.


One piece of advice is to wear an underhelmet cap. A hat keeps the sweat from dripping into your eyes, keeps rain from falling, and helps protect you from the sun when the weather is sunny. It is also a good idea to have reflectors on the front, back, and sides of your helmet for increased visibility when riding at night.

But there's one piece of workout gear you've probably forgotten about: a sports headband. Wear the best sports headbands if you want to keep sweat out of your eyes and face so you can finish your workout or game.
Athletic headband womens are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and widths. There are also headbands designed specifically for cycling safety. These headbands often have reflective strips or markings to help drivers and pedestrians see you in low light.


About SweatVac

SweatVac's goal is to create the most comfortable athletic clothing, headwear, and gear. We are a group of cyclists, runners, triathletes, and others who recognize the value of high-performance clothing.


We're always thinking of new ways to increase your focus and excitement. We've been developing our products for over two decades. We've been able to assist many happy athletes by providing them with adequate athletic clothing that they can wear again and again.


During the winter, we have Performance Hats and Ventilator caps, as well as Performance Hoodies. We now have a lot more race gear.


We also have some very unique race team apparel that people all over the world adore. Whatever sport you participate in, what you wear is critical. We've made certain that our products will function properly so that you can enjoy them as well.


Send an email to our customer service team and check out our selection of high-quality cycling apparel and accessories.