If you’re planning on taking the bike out today for a long ride, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you do so. It’s important to make sure that you, and your bike, are in a good spot— both mentally and physically. So, we’re going to help you do just that. We’ve compiled a list of 5 questions to ask yourself before you head out. That way, you know that you’re in the safest and best position to have a great ride.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking A Long Ride
First off, have you checked the weather?
A freshly wet roadway is a huge hazard for any driver, but especially one on two wheels. Making sure you check the weather and now what to expect before hitting the open road, will ensure that you stay dry, and stay on the bike.
Are you in the proper gear?
Is your helmet secure and up to DOT standards? Gloves? Jacket? Saddle bag? Making sure that your body is prepared for the possibility of meeting pavement, just in case. Obviously that is never the goal, but it should always be a thought when you get ready. Considering wearing a t shirt? Think about how that might feel hitting the pavement at 65 MPH. It’s gruesome, but it’s a very real possibility.
Is your bike adjusted to where it needs to be?
It’s important that you feel your bike out every time that you take it out. Plant your feet firmly on each side and make sure you can easily reach the controls, make sure your feet are touching and even. Your mirrors are fixed. You’re in a good position.
Now, make sure those adjusted controls actually work
Check your warning lights, your headlights, signals, and tail lights. You never know what might go out on a bike with time— especially if you coexist with a few pesky mice. Making sure that these controls are doing their job can be the difference between a crash or a solid, long ride— especially if you’ll be out past dark.
Lastly, how are you feeling?
Distracted drivers are a huge risk to the roadway— especially on a bike. The statistics are harrowing when it comes to distracted drivers. So, don’t be one of them. If you’re having a bad day, a bad moment, or even just fresh out of a fight— maybe hold off. Riding a bike to blow off steam isn’t always your best or safest option.