Bicycling, Adult Cyclists

Whether motivated by recreation or transportation, more adults are taking up cycling than ever before. Learning more about cycling greatly increases confidence. And it can be a great aid in learning to share the road more effectively.

  • If you are using your bicycle in different situations than you previously have, such as switching from occasional short recreational rides to regularly commuting to work, you may want to take a short workshop. Begin by assessing yourself: How confident are you in your cycling skills? What would you like to know more about? Are there particular kinds of cycling you would like to try out? Courses and workshops may focus on learning to race, long distance touring, teaching children to cycle safely, commuting, or bike repairs. With that in mind, adult cyclists may wish to check around their community for bike clubs, classes, rides, and other cycling opportunities. Check with the League of American Bicyclists (www.bikeleague.org) for a listing of instructional opportunities available in your area.

  • Brush up on riding skills and rules if it has been a while since you cycled regularly.

  • Adult cyclists who wish to cycle with small children, and cyclists needing to transport cargo, should investigate the various child seats and trailers available. Determine which are the safestand which will work best for you.

  • Adult cyclists should learn more about off-road cycling, touring, and racing before participating in these activities. Adult cyclists are encouraged to try cycling on multi-use paths. Remember to respect others' needs on the trails.

  • Do not underestimate the importance of wearing a helmet. Accidents can happen anywhere. Cyclists should always wear a helmet.

  • Adult cyclists should learn how to handle harassment from motorists and others in traffic. It is in your best interest not to return any harassment or insults.

  • Just like a car, a bicycle requires basic maintenance to keep running smoothly and safely. Bikes are easy to work on and you can save money by learning bike maintenance. This can be done by picking up a manual and taking a repair course. Those who really do not have time should keep their bicycles regularly serviced at a good bike shop.

  • Bicycling can fit into one's everyday life. Substitute a bike ride for a car trip. Adult cyclists should know the health and environmental benefits of bicycling.