How to make good use of the bike in the city?

Riding a bike is one of the activities that most followers are having post-quarantine, but do we really know how to ride a bike around the city?

The weather is good and sports are allowed, what better plan to reactivate the body than to ride a bike? But suddenly the typical doubts come to us: do I have to wear a helmet? It’s getting dark, does my bike have to have lights? These are common questions that we should solve before pedaling.

Basic rules for urban cyclists
Without a doubt, almost everything depends on where you live and what type of bicycle you have, but there are certain common rules that we should comply with, both for our safety and for that of the rest.

The weather is good and sports are allowed, what better plan to reactivate the body than to ride a bike? But suddenly the typical doubts come to us: do I have to wear a helmet? It’s getting dark, does my bike have to have lights? These are common questions that we should solve before pedaling.

Basic rules for urban cyclists
Without a doubt, almost everything depends on where you live and what type of bicycle you have, but there are certain common rules that we should comply with, both for our safety and for that of the rest.

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  • To drive any type of bicycle it is mandatory to wear a helmet if you are going to interurban or on highways. However, in the city it is not, although it is highly recommended.
  • A few months ago, a cyclist wearing a mask would have been unthinkable, but right now it is advisable to use it. Although it is true that you do not breathe the same, it is a way to avoid a greater number of infections.
  • If you are going to ride at night, you must incorporate a white front light to see your bike and a red rear light so that the rest can see you.
  • Bicycles are vehicles, so it is essential to know the DGT traffic code. Whether they are the traffic signs, or the maneuver signs themselves for the other road users.
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  • Folding bikes: perfect for those who need to be practical, since they are less than 20 centimeters wide, they can be easily transported and fit anywhere.
  • Electric bicycles: it is the best option to move around the city, as long as the pocket allows it, since its cost is usually quite high.
  • Big wheel bikes: they are ideal for tight budgets and urban needs.

When choosing one or the other, the most important thing is that we are comfortable, that there is a good distribution of weight on the bike and that, if possible, we have disc brakes, since braking will be much safer and more effective.

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