Friday, June 21, 2013

Top Tips to Avoid Cycling Injuries

I have been particularly busy with some other projects the last few weeks - directing a soccer camp among them - so I apologize for the lack of new articles.


Fortunately; I have colleagues like Mike Roberts to help bridge the gap. Mike Roberts is a writer for Priority Legal.

I am happy to have his contribution here and hope you enjoy it. My only editorial addition would be to also consider proactive injury prevention in the form of getting a proper and thorough bike fitting. Thanks for your insight, Mike.
If you are a keen cyclist then you will know that there is a chance you may have a cycling injury.  If you are new to cycling, or you only cycle occasionally, then you may not be so aware.

Although you can’t stop cycling injuries happening altogether, there are a few things you can do to help prevent cycling injuries from occurring.  Here are our top tips:


Equipment
When embarking on a cycle ride it is vital that you have the best equipment that you can.  Many cycling injuries occur when equipment is faulty.  So, have your bike checked to make sure that the tyres are pumped up enough, that the brakes are working and that your gears are in check.  Ensure that your saddle is at the right height and that your feet can still touch the ground.  Tightening any bolts and screws will also help to keep the bike secure.  As you begin to cycle any loose screws will inevitably become loser.
Equipment also includes your helmet.  You should be doing all you can to protect yourself, in the event of a cycling injury.  Make sure that you are wearing as much protective equipment as you can.

Eyes peeled
You can help to prevent cycling injuries by keeping your eyes peeled.  Don’t ever assume that you know what a car or lorry is about to do.  They can be unpredictable, or may not have even seen you.  If you think a vehicle hasn’t seen you then the chances are you are right.
Make sure you make eye contact with other road users.  Let them know that you have seen them.

Clear intentions
In order to avoid cycling injuries you need to make your intentions clear.  Signal well in advance of your manoeuvre and try to avoid any sudden movements.  Only turn or over take when it is completely safe to do so.

If you are not a particularly competent cyclist, but you would like to cycle more frequently, then make sure you have some cycle training.  Do all you can to ensure that you keep yourself safe and prevent any cycling injuries.

If you have sustained a cycling injury that wasn’t your fault then please make sure you contact us.  You should not suffer in silence.  But you can make a claim for compensation.  Cycling injuries can be prevented if everyone on the roads takes much better care.

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