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The Ultimate Guide to Biking and Cycling [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Illustration by Laura Culhane. Text by Sarah Koppelkam.
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This post is presented in partnership with ICEdot. The ICEdot Crash Sensor attaches to cycling helmets. If a severe impact is detected, it notifies your emergency contacts of your location. For more info visit icedot.org/crash.
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While the graphic is very well done, it unfortunately does a disservice to a growing segment of the bicycling world. Recumbent bicycles have been around for more than a century, and have some significant advantages over upright bikes, such as comfort, freedom from back, neck, shoulder and wrist pain, better aerodynamics, better viewing angles, and the list goes on. In fact, because of the more laid back position, your body is actually able to work more efficiently than when it is all bent over and compacted, allowing you to breath easier, and improves circulation due to reduced hydrostatic pressure due to the raised nature of your legs. For individuals who have problems with balance, there is a whole classification of recumbents known as trikes, which offer the benefits of a recumbent bicycle with a vastly more stable 3-wheel "tripod" positioning.
In short, the world of recumbents is definitely worth paying attention to for a wide variety of reasons.
Schrader and Crank have the same definition. Not sure either one is correct. Possibly Crank would make scene.
"When there is no bike lane, stay as far right as possible."
Wrong, wrong and wrong. Keeping too far right invites squeeze passes, motorist drive-outs, right hooks and left crosses, the three most common motorist-caused crash types. The far right edge of the roadway also has the most debris, potholes and other hazards.
Yes, please correct this terrible advice. The mistaken belief that bicyclists should "stay as far right as possible" is probably a contributory cause in almost all car-bike crashes, and many solo crashes. In most car-bike crashes the motorist overlooks the bicyclist. Why? Most people think it's because bicyclists are much smaller than cars. Well, that's part of it, of course, but another enormous factor is that bicyclists tend to ride where no one is looking. Drivers are not looking or expecting traffic, especially at 10-20+ mph, at the road edge. But being well out in the traffic lane not only makes the bicyclist much more conspicuous (and thus much less likely to be overlooked and hit), but it also greatly improves the bicyclist's vantage to hazards ahead, and gives her maneuvering and escape space to the right, as well as a buffer from all the hazards that accumulate at the road edge. Yes, see http://www.cyclingsavvy.org.
There are so many mistakes on this article, it's embarrassing. First of all the mention of staying as far to the right which does nothing for visibility or safety. Also Schrader is a type of valve stem - versus Presta - another type of valve stem. Also with hand signals, using your right hand to signal a right turn is also used a lot in cycling.
Nicely designed, but unfortunately the info contained within is so erroneous that this pamphlet does more harm than good. I would need to reprint this and mark up every single error, because I do not know where to start.
Who wrote the bicycle article, a third grader? The piece is full of spelling and grammatical errors. The information is old, obsolete and potentially fatal for bicyclists. Proper research and vetting of the information was not properly done. The article almost reads as something poorly translated from another language to English by someone for whom English is a second language. VERY poorly done. I can not recommend this as currently written.
Please don't encourage any cyclist, least of all a newbie, to hug the gutter and "ride as far to the right as possible!" Highly dangerous advice. Experienced cyclists know that people driving cars can't see us when we skulk along the white line, timidly riding as if we don't think we belong in the lane. Only a very small number of car-bike collisions are due to rear-ending scenarios, so why would you encourage riding where a driver does not expect to see another vehicle? Gutter cycling also puts bicycle riders in danger of being "doored," having the door of an on-street parked car flung open into our path. (You may want to add "right-hook" and "door" to your glossary, if you are going to teach beginners to hug the curbs.)
Advising bicyclists to always ride as far right as possible is dangerous and can get them killed. Here's why:
It's not always even a good idea to ride in bike lanes. Here's an example (warning strong language):
The rider might have had a chance to avoid the collision had he been out in the middle of the travel lane.