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Tips for Bike Safety

Cyclists racing

It’s National Bike Month! Bicycling is a fun way to improve your health. It can be done at a leisurely or fast pace and is easy on the joints compared to high-impact sports. Dr. David S. Levine, orthopedic surgeon and a member of the HSS Bike Team, provides the following tips for injury prevention and safety:

1. Keep your distance. Don’t ride too close to cars.

2. Wear bright clothing and a helmet.

3. Make sure your tires are properly inflated with air before every ride. Proper pressure is indicated on tire sidewalls.

4. Make sure loose pant legs are secured to avoid catching them in the chain as it rotates. You can use rubber bands or reflective Velcro straps.

5. Have your bike thoroughly tuned by a professional at minimum at the beginning of the riding season.

The information provided in this blog by HSS and our affiliated physicians is for general informational and educational purposes, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual problem you may have. This information is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified health care provider who is familiar with the unique facts about your condition and medical history. You should always consult your health care provider prior to starting any new treatment, or terminating or changing any ongoing treatment. Every post on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not reflect the official position of HSS. Please contact us if we can be helpful in answering any questions or to arrange for a visit or consult.