Riding is supposed to be a joyous experience, where riders can feel the thrill of riding in the wind and the beauty of nature when they reach their destination! Riding can bring you joy, but it can also bring you trouble! In this issue, we will talk about what else you need to do before you go.
It is often said that attitude determines destiny. This is also very appropriate when applied to cycling. Attitude has a direct impact on your riding safety! Don't get on your bike in a fit of rage, it won't do you any good, it will only add to the potential hazards!
As we all know, helmets are a must before we ride. We must get into the habit of wearing them, whether it's for a short ride or a daily commute.
This is an easy one to overlook. Make sure you check that every light source on your bodywork is in order before you set off! Some people think that it's enough for the motorbike to illuminate the front and that turn signals and taillights don't matter! When you turn or brake, the car behind you won't see the signal from your vehicle and you're likely to be rear-ended or cut off! That's why you can't just look ahead on a motorbike, the situation behind you is just as important!
To quote a common saying, "I'm going to measure every inch of the ground with my wheels", do you check the condition of your tyres before you go? Are the tyres badly worn and is the pressure normal? These are the things you should do before you go! It is advisable to have a tyre pressure tester, after all, numbers are more reliable than feelings!
The brakes are directly related to your safety. If you feel that the brakes are very hard to apply, you can use a syringe to inject some oil to lubricate the brakes, which can also play a maintenance role for the brakes. Brake discs should also be checked for foreign bodies or oil, if so, they must be cleaned in time!
It is important to have a throttle and clutch cable on hand for all long distance motoring trips. Because these accessories are consumables, we should get into the habit of squeezing the throttle and clutch a few times before each trip to feel if they are different, and remember to put a few drops of oil into them to keep them lubricated if you feel they are hard to squeeze. If we don't take care of this, the cable will easily break during the ride, with unforeseen consequences for our safety!
The power transmission needs to be done through the chain. If the chain is too tight, it will intensify the wear and tear, and may even break during the ride! If the chain is too loose, it will reduce the efficiency of the engine's power transmission! Therefore, before setting off, make sure to check whether the chain is properly tightened and whether the chain is short of oil.