With the weather getting steadily cooler, there are increasingly more people starting to take bikes seriously and are making them a part of their daily life. Even though most boys have tasted the forbidden fruit of learning to ride before they are of age, they are still beginners. In order to become safe drivers, here are some tips from Wheelstreet. We believe in living life to the fullest, but not dangerously pushing it over the edge.
- Watch where you want to go – The first and foremost thing you should know about bike riding is that your vehicle will automatically go where you are looking. Your body focuses on the point where your eyes are concentrating viz. the hand eye co-ordination. It is a good thing to grasp this fact soon enough. For all those who have experienced bike or bicycle riding, will know that if you are riding in a plain field, and you see a stone, which you wish to avoid, but due to the fear by which you keep your eyes on it and rather than avoiding the stone, you end up toppling over it because somehow, your bike would ONLY go in the direction where your eyes were looking. So keep that in mind and look where you want to go.
- Be very defensive when you ride – This may sound like we are trying to frighten you, but genuinely, this is a rule that is a must to follow. Just imagine that you have to dodge every vehicle on the road, coming towards you or going parallel in the same direction. Think of it like a video game, where the only task to win the level is to save oneself and not get hit by any vehicle. If you do, you lose a life! (Pun intended)
- DO not forget to put off the choke – You can put on the choke to prime up your bike, but remember to always put it off. But at the same time, do not panic if you forget to do it once or twice. Every new biker has forgotten to put the choke off a few times. No big deal, but try not to make it a habit !
- Remember to adjust your mirrors BEFORE you start – The rear view mirrors serve a great purpose in estimating the distance between you and other vehicles behind you. But please make it a point to adjust them to your liking BEFORE you start riding and not after. Avoid risking accidents!
- Pre-ride inspection is a must. – Guess there is not much to explain here. Just make sure the bike is fit and fine before you start riding. If you have not rode your bike for a few days, a pre-ride check up is a must.
- Chrome gets heated up in the sun – If your bike has chrome trimmings, be careful and device ways to cool if off before your body touches them to avoid nasty burns.
- Pack layers – The weather is getting cooler, but if you are on a long drive, remember to pack layers in your backpack, because the temperature will vary during the day time and evenings and also from place to place too. Better be safe than sorry.
- Pick a shoe with good grip. – If you are planning to ride on snowy terrain, or wet roads, or you are just clueless as to the kind of path you will encounter, just play it safe and wear shoes that have a good adhesion so that if and when you have to put your feet down, to balance yourself or to alight the vehicle, your shoes give you a grip and not a slip.
- Check tire condition – Do a thorough visual checking of your tires every now and then. Rough roads, nails, rocks etc. can wear them out and make them prone to flats.
- Know if your bike has a fuel valve – If your bike comes with a fuel valve, you may have to adjust it to ON, OFF and RES, as the need be. Forgetting to turn the fuel gauge off may result in over flowing of fuel which in turn may make it a little difficult for the bike to start smoothly.
Keep these tips in mind and you can be sure about happy riding days!
We suggest before you purchase your perfect fit, you should try out a few bikes of various kinds, and for that purpose, we rent out bikes at low and affordable costs at Wheelstreet. Choose from a wide variety of bikes in Delhi and Bangalore.