97 Ride Right Tips

Righ Gear, Right Communications, Right Attention...Ride Right






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Invest in a well-serviced bicycle that fits. Purchase as much of a bicycle as you can afford.


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Best option to buy a bicycle is local bicycle retail store. Find at http://iowabicyclecoalition.org/bikeshops


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Many people purchase used bicycles or borrow one from a friend. Get a tuneup at a bike shop.


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Bicycles are different sizes. A tall person needs a larger bicycle, short person needs a smaller bicycle.


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


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For a more exact bike fit, visit your local bicycle retailer and schedule a fitting session.


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Other items you may need for your ride: Spare tube that fits your bicycle.


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Other items you may need for your ride: Tire pump or CO2 inflator.


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Other items you may need for your ride: Water Bottle.


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Other items you may need for your ride: Hex wrench other wrench if your bike requires special tools.


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Wear a helmet that is comfortable and well fitted. Look for a CPSC sticker.


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Your helmet should be adjusted properly to fit your head.


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Make sure your helmet is level and covers your forehead.


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There should only be two fingers width between the bottom of the helmet and your eyebrows.


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If your helmet has a retention ring, make sure it is snug.


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Test by shaking your head “no”. Your helmet should move with your head and not wiggle independently.


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Adjust your helmet straps. The straps should meet in a “V” shape just below your ears.


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You should only fit two fingers between your chin and the helmet chin strap.


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Bicyclists are required by law to have a headlight and taillight or reflector visible from sunset to sunrise.


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You can do more to be visible at night, like wearing reflective vests or clothing.


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You should ride at your own pace.


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Most crashes on are the result of riders not letting others know of their intentions.


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“Bike On” means a riders is entering the roadway.


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“Bike Off” means you will be slowing and pulling onto the shoulder.


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“Stopping” means you will be stopping on the roadway.


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“Slowing” means riders will be slow their pace.


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“On Your Left” means you are passing or being passed.


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“On Your Right” means you are passing on the right side.


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Avoid surprising the riders by announcing “Passing Through The Middle”.


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Turning Right, Turning Left is said when making turns at intersections.


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Use hand signals in addition to calling out your turn.


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Extend your left arm for a left turn.


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Bend your elbow 90 degrees with your hand pointed downward for stopping.


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Bend your elbow 90 degrees with your hand pointed upward for a right turn.


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When stopping, let those behind know of your plans.


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Make sure no bicycles or motor vehicles are immediately behind you when you stop.


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Stop at the right edge of the roadway and immediately move to the shoulder.


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Stopping is especially dangerous at the crest of a hill or on a curve.


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Ride in a straight line. Be predictable to others riding nearby.


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Riding in pacelines and/or drafting vehicles is very dangerous.


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If you cross wheels, you will likely crash and so with others around you.


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Ride to the right and leave room for others to pass on your left.


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When turning, turn left from the center of the roadway.


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If you are turning right, turn right from the right side of the roadway.


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The Code of Iowa gives bicyclists the same rights and duties of the operators of vehicles.


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People on bikes can use the roadways, but you must follow the traffic rules.


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RAGBRAI doesn’t mean the traffic rules are suspended.


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The roads are open to trucks and cars even during RAGBRAI.


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If an intersection is being directed by a law enforcement officer, follow instructions of the officer.


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If no officer is present, follow the traffic control sign or signal.


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Stop completely at stop signs.


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Obey yield signs.


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Do not cross double yellow lines.


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Ride to the right.


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Use hand signals for turns.


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Do not cut corners.


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Ride in a respectable manner.


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Be careful, slow down, and follow the traffic rules to be safe.


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Join a local bicycle club for a few rides before you go on the big one.


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Group riding is a new skill.


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Look around, see where others are while riding.


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Judge pace and distance of others nearby.


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Communicate with other riders.


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Ride at your own pace.


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Make sure you stop and take adequate breaks along the way.


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Alcohol can seriously impair your abilities to ride a bicycle.


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Medications and physical conditions can also impair your abilities to ride.


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Weather can create serious problems. Heat or cold can be dangerous.


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A good rule of thumb is to drink water before you are thirsty.


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If you feel dehydrated, you probably are.


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You need to expect that everyone around you will not be predictable.


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People will pass you during the week.


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It is not a race.


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When you hear “on your left”, prepare to move to the right or ride single file.


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You may encounter an ambulance when riding.


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If an ambulance is using their lights/sirens, pull to the right and stop.


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If you are ever in a crash, I hope others will show your responding ambulance the same courtesy.


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Stay on the marked route.


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Slow down, pull over, stop, and then send your text message or answer the phone.


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Leave your iPod in your bag.


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No selfies while riding a bicycle. Period.


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You will see some great pavement while riding, but you will also see some horrible pavement.


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Some crashes happen because of sand, gravel, branches and other debris.


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Slow down and pay attention.


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Roads are sometimes constructed with expansion joints in the center of the road.


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Gaps on the road can produce gaps wide enough to swallow a bicycle tire.


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Don’t ride in the centerline area or any part of the road with lateral cracks.


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Railroad tracks can be hazardous. Many are very rough.


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Riders need to cross railroad tracks at right angles.


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If you are going to change lane position, signal and call out the railroad tracks.


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If you cannot pedal any more or your bicycle, body, or spirit becomes broken, SAG.


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Turn your bicycle upside down, and wait for the SAG to drive past.


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Wave and give the thumbs down sign to signal you need SAG services.


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You may be exhausted and frustrated, but remember the SAG driver is here to help you.


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And, you may not get into camp until the end of the day or when the SAG is full.


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If you aren’t having fun, it isn’t worth doing.


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Ride safe!