AVOID BIKE BLUNDERS
With Londoners set for two weeks of commuter disruption many are turning to two wheels, Halfords, the UK's largest cycling retailer, issues a guide to avoid biking blunders.
Many commuters will switch to bikes to get to and from work over the next week. In order to avoid creased suits, sweaty red faces and wobbly heels commuters should take note of these ten commuter cycling commandments which will make travelling across the capital a little easier.
Halfords has issued a seven step guide for those cycle novices who are used to standing room only on the City Line.
- 1. Check your bike before beginning
Make sure you check your bike before beginning your commute. Are the tyres pumped? Does the bell ring? And is the seat in a comfortable position?
- 2. Get into Gear
To avoid creased suits or having your heels trapped in pedals make sure you prepare for your journey. Ladies billowing or short skirts may prove an embarrassment. And dressing head-to-toe in Lycra is only for the body confident!
- 3. Wrap up
With temperatures due to drop over the next few days make sure you dress for the weather.
- 4. Keep away from the kerb
Try and keep 50cm from the kerb. Staying too close is dangerous. This means you can avoid obstacles, reduce the likelihood of clipping the gutter and means drivers are more aware of you.
- 5. Keep eye contact
Look directly at drivers, particularly at junctions and side roads, so that they are aware of and acknowledge you.
- 6. Be careful when turning
Don’t cycle next to the inside of large vehicles. They won’t be able to see you. If you must go past then overtake them, like a car.
- 7. Even parked cars can be dangerous
Don’t ride near the ‘door zone’. Where drivers will open doors
Halfords spokesperson Louise Iles from Halfords says: “Using a bicycle for your regular commute on one of the many cycling routes across London is a great way to beat the tube strike. Not only does it mean you’ll avoid angry and red-faced commuters but it is healthier and better for the environment.”
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With over 100 years experience of selling cycles, Halfords are the UK's number one bike specialist. At Halfords, we understand that selling a bike is more than providing it in a box. That is why we offer free* bike build at your local Halfords store even if you buy online and have your bike delivered to your door. We'll also fit free of charge any accessories you've bought at the same time as your bike, whether bought online or in store. We also offer a six-week free health check on your bike.