5 Types of Bicyclists You’d Want to Ride with Anywhere

One good thing about bicycling is that you can enjoy it both as a solo or group activity. If you are an avid bicyclist, you would have tried both and in all probability, you did enjoy bicycling in both modes. You would have lost nothing in terms of excitement and adventure either ways. But sometimes, it makes sense that you look for bicycling adventures in the company of like-minded individuals. The Philippines fortunately, is blessed with hundreds of bicycling destinations and many are still to be discovered or developed. It’s quite hard to select one that’s easily accessible but it’s indeed harder to find bicycling companions. If you belong to a bicycling group, this could be easy since many of them have scheduled rides during weekends all throughout the year. It could be a trail ride, a day or night urban ride or just a leisure ride around the city with no particular theme or destination. It is up to you to select which one you’d want to join. The only thing you have no control over is the composition of that group – anyone can join and thus you get all sorts of bicycling companions, some of which you wouldn’t really like at all. (This would be a topic of a future article.) Given the chance to select bicycling companions for a ride, any type of ride, here are five types of bicyclists that ideally you would want to have on your side as you pedal along the road to anywhere. Are they fun to be with on any ride? Let’s find out.

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Being a Predictable Bicyclist on the Road

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Some people take pride in considering themselves as an “unpredictable” person. They equate this quality with being spontaneous, fun, and gregarious. But while this may be a desirable trait in our social intercourse as they give way to meaningful relationships, it is a very negative and certainly undesirable trait in bicycling. A bicyclist must be predictable on the road. Being predictable is necessary if you want to survive on board your two-wheeler on the streets. Consider this as gospel truth: the more predictable you ride your bicycle, the safer you will be on the streets. The question however, is how you become predictable while bicycling.

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10 Cycling Myths You Need to Forget Now

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Myth 1: Bicyclists don’t pay road tax so they don’t have the right to use the road.

Argument to debunk this myth: With exceptions related to actual income received, we all pay our taxes to the government. In fact, the average wage earners are already being taxed in the form withholding tax which is automatically deducted even before they receive their total monthly pay. We can therefore say that the average worker who uses his bike to work can without doubt claim the right to use the road. We don’t need to discuss in what particular way our taxes are used but suffice it to say that all those who pay their taxes can use the road because the government spent taxpayers' money in building those roads. But it doesn’t mean that bigger vehicles have more rights than the smaller bicycles. Bigger vehicles can use more space of course because they need it but it should not be at the expense of bicycles being waylaid along the road. We need to respect each other and give each other their rightful space on the road.

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Safety on the Road for Cyclists Part 3

Figure 1. Proper road positioning is important for safety
Applying Riding Skills in Traffic and Proper Road Behavior

There are established rules (by legislation) that govern the behavior of all road users, motorized as well as non-motorized. Someone who wants to get a driver’s license has to know the rules and must pass a test on them before a license is issued. A bicyclist does not need a license and often, unless he or she also drives, is not familiar with those rules, which can be a disadvantage. However, equipped with solid riding skills, a cyclist can quickly pick up the rules of how to ride on the road in a safe manner, whether through learning by doing or by learning from the example of others. Learning to ride on the road by going on group rides with experienced cyclists is a great way to learn proper road riding behavior.

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