Often times we don’t know when we have a bad habit. Yes it creeps up on us without us not realizing. The point is most bad habits are unintentionally formed. It only takes a matter of seconds to correct them once you’ve recognized the mistake. But when a mistake goes unnoticed, it can lead up to being a big problem, especially when it comes to riding bikes. Bad riding habits will put your life at dangerous risks you wouldn’t want to get in, in the first place. So here’s a list of signs you’re a bad rider and how to change them, compiled by Hoopy Doorstep Bike Service.
Over Confidence – Most riders exert their over confidence when it comes to riding a bike. It’s not all about experience when it comes to riding bikes, because even experienced riders will lack skills here and there when they ride. The goal is know is to rode safely, not end up being injured. So you need to learn where you are lacking in riding and practice to sharpen that skill, like braking or corner techniques. Better yet, take riding classes.
Eyeing that long stretch of road – Often times when riding a bike, we head fast, like 100kmph fast and then something out of nowhere pops up on the road hinders the ride. For this, a great amount of vision is needed, not carrots, vision! A rider should be able to look at the farthest distance on the road to be alert of any oncoming hazards or risks. This helps the rider to react to any situations ahead. The goal is to keep the eyes up and stare into distance and at the same time know your nearby surroundings.
Overusing rear brakes- Decelerating a bike should be done with 100% effectiveness. Since rear brakes are super easy to use, riders abuse them. Using the rear brake doesn’t help in all situations, because it locks up the rear wheel. It’s this lockup that causes traction in the bike. The key to applying brakes effectively is to use both front and back brakes. It is because when you decelerate, the bike’s weight moves forward. So applying the front brake simultaneously will stop the bike much efficiently than the rear brakes.
Matching pace with fellow riders – You’re riding with a bunch of friends and you want to keep up their riding pace. Don’t! That’s like the dumbest thing to do unless your goal is end up in the ambulance. Ride at your own pace, and ride with better folks, seriously!
Basic Maintenance – This doesn’t concern the riding part but this is super important! Most riders head to service centres to get their bike fixed. Here’s the thing, most of these garages or service centres don’t commit to the work a 100%. They’re half hearted. So you might end up getting ripped off and continue to ride a bike in need of a repair. Remember to maintain your bike with the right service provider to increase and the performance and durability of your bike.
Looking to fix your bike in the comforts of your Home? Get in touch with Hoopy Doorstep Bike Service.