Bill Sawer: Road biking in Craig — Tips for safety, fun and fitness | CraigDailyPress.com

Bill Sawer: Road biking in Craig — Tips for safety, fun and fitness

Bill Sawer

The following is a list of bicycling tips for all ages from Craig resident Bill Sawer, who, in addition to coaching soccer and skiing in Northwest Colorado, has cycled competitively, recreationally and for fitness.

Safety

• Mandatory equipment includes a helmet, rear-view mirror, correctly inflated tires and usable brakes.

• Ride with traffic as far right as allowed. The bike lane can be four inches to four feet of pavement, gravel or the ditch, if necessary. Watch for glass or sharp objects.

• Wear bright, reflective colors.

• Ride defensively and yield to traffic.

• To shift gears, continue to spin with lighter pedal pressure, and for tight curves, keep the inside pedal high.

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Fun

• Learn how to ride all gears smoothly.

• Enjoy the scenery when there's no traffic.

• Check the wind direction by using the local power plant stacks.

• Wear light moveable clothing.

• Ride with family, friends or new bikers — socialize!

• Try different routes or run errands on your bike.

• Get out of your seat and shake your hands to circulate blood.

• On long rides, pack the bike, not the body.

• With no traffic, you can ride the painted white line for less resistance.

Fitness

• Shift gears before the terrain change. Spin the small gears to keep pedal pressure at even rhythm. Breathe with an open mouth at the same rhythm.

• Make time to ride every other day.

• Hydrate before, during and after longer rides.

• Ride in variable terrain and weather from mid-March to mid-October.