RIDE RIGHT Tips

RIDE RIGHT TIP 1: Invest in a well-serviced bicycle that fits. Purchase as much of a bicycle as you can afford.  #RIGHTstuff #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 2: Best option to buy a bicycle is local bicycle retail store. Find at http://iowabicyclecoalition.org/bikeshops #RIGHTstuff

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 3: Many people purchase used bicycles or borrow one from a friend. Get a tuneup at a bike shop. #RIGHTstuff

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 4: Bicycles are different sizes.  A tall person needs a larger bicycle, short person needs a smaller bicycle.  #RIGHTstuff

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 5: One of the simple ways to measure if a bicycle fits is stand-over height. Stand over the top tube and lift 1-2”.

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 6: For a more exact bike fit, visit your local bicycle retailer and schedule a fitting session. #RIGHTstuff

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 7: Other items you may need for your ride: Spare tube that fits your bicycle. #RIGHTstuff

RIDE RIGHT TIP 8: Other items you may need for your ride: Tire pump or CO2 inflator. #RIGHTstuff

RIDE RIGHT TIP 9: Other items you may need for your ride: Water Bottle. #RIGHTstuff

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 10: Other items you may need for your ride: Hex wrench other wrench if your bike requires special tools. #RIGHTstuff

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 11: Wear a helmet that is comfortable and well fitted.    Look for a CPSC sticker #RIGHTgear #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 12: Your helmet should be adjusted properly to fit your head. #RIGHTgear #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 13: Make sure your helmet is level and covers your forehead. #RIGHTgear #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 14: There should only be two fingers width between the bottom of the helmet and your eyebrows.  #RIGHTgear #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 15: If your helmet has a retention ring, make sure it is snug. #RIGHTgear #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 16: Test by shaking your head “no”.  Your helmet should move with your head and not wiggle independently.  #RIGHTgear

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 17: Adjust your helmet straps. The straps should meet in a “V” shape just below your ears.#RIGHTgear #RIDERIGHT

 

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 18: You should only fit two fingers between your chin and the helmet chin strap. #RIGHTgear #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 19:Bicyclists are required by law to have a headlight and taillight or reflector visible from sunset to sunrise. #RIGHTgear

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 20: You can do more to be visible at night, like wearing reflective vests or clothing. #RIGHTgear #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 21: You should ride at your own pace. #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 22: Most crashes on are the result of riders not letting others know of their intentions. #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 23: “Bike On” means a riders is entering the roadway. #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 24: “Bike Off” means you will be slowing and pulling onto the shoulder. #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 25: “Stopping” means you will be stopping on the roadway. #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 26: “Slowing”  means riders will be slow their pace. #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 27: “On Your Left” means you are passing or being passed.  #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 28: “On Your Right” means you are passing on the right side.  #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 29: Avoid surprising the riders by announcing “Passing Through The Middle”  #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 30: Turning Right, Turning Left is said when making turns at intersections.  #RIGHTcommunications

RIDE RIGHT TIP 31: Use hand signals in addition to calling out your turn. #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 32: Extend your left arm for a left turn.  #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 33: Bend your elbow 90 degrees with your hand pointed downward for stopping. #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 34: Bend your elbow 90 degrees with your hand pointed upward for a right turn.  #RIGHTcommunications #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 35: When stopping, let those behind know of your plans. #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 36: Make sure no bicycles or motor vehicles are immediately behind you when you stop. #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 37: Stop at the right edge of the roadway and immediately move to the shoulder. #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 38: Stopping is especially dangerous at the crest of a hill or on a curve. #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 39: Ride in a straight line.  Be predictable to others riding nearby.  #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 40: Riding in pacelines and/or drafting vehicles is very dangerous.  #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 41: If you cross wheels, you will likely crash and so with others around you.  #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 42: Ride to the right and leave room for others to pass on your left. #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 43: When turning, turn left from the center of the roadway.  #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 44: If you are turning right, turn right from the right side of the roadway.  #RIGHTriding #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 45: The Code of Iowa gives bicyclists the same rights and duties of the operators of vehicles. #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 46: People on bikes can use the roadways, but you must follow the traffic rules. #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 47: RAGBRAI doesn’t mean the traffic rules are suspended. #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 48: The roads are open to trucks and cars even during RAGBRAI. #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 49: If an intersection is being directed by a law enforcement officer, follow instructions of the officer. #legalRIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 50: If no officer is present, follow the traffic control sign or signal. #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 51: Stop completely at stop signs #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 52: Obey yield signs #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 53: Do not cross double yellow lines #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 54: Ride to the right #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 55: Use hand signals for turns #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 56: Do not cut corners #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 57: Ride in a respectable manner #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 58: Be careful, slow down, and follow the traffic rules to be safe. #legalRIGHT #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 59: Join a local bicycle club for a few rides before you go on the big one. #RIGHTframeofmind #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 60: Group riding is a new skill. #RIGHTframeofmind #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 61: Look around, see where others are while riding. #RIGHTframeofmind #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 62: Judge pace and distance of others nearby. #RIGHTframeofmind #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 63: Communicate with other riders. #RIGHTframeofmind #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 64: Ride at your own pace. #RIGHTframeofmind #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 65: Make sure you stop and take adequate breaks along the way.  #RIGHTframeofmind #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 66: Alcohol can seriously impair your abilities to ride a bicycle.  #RIGHTabilities #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 67: Medications and physical conditions can also impair your abilities to ride. #RIGHTabilities #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 68: Weather can create serious problems. Heat or cold can be dangerous. #RIGHTabilities #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 69: A good rule of thumb is to drink water before you are thirsty. #RIGHTabilities #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 70: If you feel dehydrated, you probably are.  #RIGHTabilities #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 71: You need to expect that everyone around you will not be predictable.  #RIGHTattitude #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 72: People will pass you during the week. #RIGHTattitude #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 73: It is not a race. #RIGHTattitude #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 74: When you hear “on your left”, prepare to move to the right or ride single file.  #RIGHTattitude #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 75: You may encounter an ambulance when riding. #RIGHTattitude #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 76: If an ambulance is using their lights/sirens, pull to the right and stop. #RIGHTattitude #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 77: If you are ever in a crash, I hope others will show your responding ambulance the same courtesy. #RIGHTattitude #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 78: Stay on the marked route.  #RIGHTattitude #RIDERIGHT  

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 79: Slow down, pull over, stop, and then send your text message or answer the phone.  #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 80: Leave your iPod in your bag. #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 81: No selfies while riding a bicycle. Period. #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 82: You will see some great pavement while riding, but you will also see some horrible pavement. #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 83: Some crashes happen because of sand, gravel, branches and other debris.  #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 84: Slow down and pay attention.  #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 85: Roads are sometimes constructed with expansion joints in the center of the road.  #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 86: Gaps on the road can produce gaps wide enough to swallow a bicycle tire. #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 87: Don’t ride in the centerline area or any part of the road with lateral cracks.  #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

 

RIDE RIGHT TIP 88: Railroad tracks can be hazardous.  Many are very rough. #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 89: Riders need to cross railroad tracks at right angles. #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 90: If you are going to change lane position, signal and call out the railroad tracks. #RIGHTattention #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 91: If you cannot pedal any more or your bicycle, body, or spirit becomes broken, SAG. #RIGHTcondition #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 92: Turn your bicycle upside down, and wait for the SAG to drive past.  #RIGHTcondition #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 93: Wave and give the thumbs down sign to signal you need SAG services. #RIGHTcondition #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 94: You may be exhausted and frustrated, but remember the SAG driver is here to help you.  #RIGHTcondition #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 95: And, you may not get into camp until the end of the day or when the SAG is full. #RIGHTcondition #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 96: If you aren’t having fun, it isn’t worth doing.” #RIDERIGHT

RIDE RIGHT TIP 97: Ride safe! #RIDERIGHT