Ultimate Guide to Bicycling in Oceanside


Ultimate Guide to Bicycling in Oceanside

I’m Ed Smith, an Oceanside bicycle accident lawyer. Whether you are new to bicycling or an old hand, this guide to bicycling includes need-to-know information that can help you stay safe and enjoy your time while cycling. Join me in looking at some of the ways a bicyclist can get more out of the sport.

Things a Beginner Needs to Know

There are laws in California that make it mandatory for those under 18 to wear a helmet. But, what about the rest of us? Since 60 percent of all bicycle deaths are head injuries, it makes sense to wear a helmet no matter how old you are. Pick the right helmet. Look for a sticker that says it is approved by the Consumer Products Safety Commission and meets their recommendations.

Sizing Your New Bike

Buy a bicycle that is the right size for you. First off, measure your torso, inseam and arm length. Use your inseam to establish your stand-over height. This is the inseam plus a half inch for top tube clearance. For the distance between the seat and handlebars, take your torso length and arm length, add them and divide by two, then deduct six. Using these measurements helps to keep you comfortable, improves your ride and helps you stay safe. Make sure the saddle is right for you.

Safety Protocol for Any Age

Don’t wear headphones when you ride. This blocks out disturbing sounds but may also eliminate honking horns warning you of danger or emergency vehicles instructing you to get out of the way. If you prefer to have music while you cycle, get a clip-on speaker, and attach it to your shirt.

California Rules of the Road

Learn the rules of the road in California. Other vehicles on the road trust you to know these rules, found in a DMV hand book. Be vigilant for other vehicles and anticipate their movements. Keep your eyes on the vehicle directly in front of you, and stay a safe distance so you can maneuver if the car or truck stops abruptly. When you spot a pothole or other obstacle directly in your path, pull up slightly on your front wheel to avoid a crash. It may damage your rear wheel, but you have a better chance of not getting hurt. Bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury. The best way to stay safe is to take the necessary precautions, obey traffic laws and watch for potential problems.

Guard against Muscle Soreness

Watch your posture while cycling. To avoid muscle soreness, do not draw your shoulders up and bend forward. Hunching over the long haul can cause muscle soreness. Moving forward and backward on the seat helps you use different muscles and serves as a respite for others. When you move further back, you will be using the glutes and the hamstrings. Sliding forward helps you exercise the quadriceps. Change your pace, particularly on long runs. Staying in high gear without changing will ensure you will be uncomfortable.

Clothing Is Important

Wearing clothing that suits your bicycling needs is important. For instance, if you use your bike to go to and from work or travel about town, you will probably use your day clothes. However, if you are going on a bike trip, specialty items might help. Wear padded shorts if you are traveling a long distance. Make sure you are clearly visible if you are biking at night. Wearing reflective clothing helps since a bike’s headlight, rear reflectors and side reflectors might not be enough.

Bike maintenance

Check the pressure in the tires just as you would for your car. The manufacturer’s recommended pressure should be on the tire. Keep a tire pump handy.  Your bike chain should be cleaned and oiled. This could avoid expensive replacement of chain rings in the future. Carry a repair kit, and learn how to use it if your tire is punctured when you are out riding away from home.  

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Oceanside Bicycle Accident Lawyer Ed Smith

Oceanside Bicycle Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, an Oceanside bike accident lawyer. If a negligent driver or entity caused your bicycle accident, you can call me at (760) 509-8818 for free and friendly advice. The toll-free number is (800) 404-5400.

In my 35 year career as a California injury lawyer, I have helped numerous people obtain fair compensation for their wrongful deaths and traumatic injuries, as well as bicycle injuries. Help is just one phone call away.

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I am a member of the California Section for the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group of top trial attorneys around the country with settlements or verdicts of at least $1 million.

I am the owner of, one of the most comprehensive websites on California personal injuries.

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