February 2012 President’s Letter

I swear I don't know what some of y'all are thinking sometimes. At the club's Recovery Party on Saturday, the 28th of January, I spoke to two separate people who claimed they had already eaten BEFORE coming to the party.

Now, what's the thinking here? There was as big a variety of great, healthy foods as one could possibly imagine sitting on the table at Terri and John Olbrot's house that night; salads, sandwiches, stuffed mushrooms, and a special shout-out goes to the baked beans. An entire breakfast room table off the kitchen was devoted to desserts!

So, can someone please explain why you'd eat before coming to a party like that? Maybe I'm thick. But I just don't get it. Or, maybe because I don't get, that's why I'm thick.

Oh well. Some mysteries, I guess, are just too difficult for the mind of man to understand. I will say that I didn't stop to ponder this conundrum for long however, and took it upon myself to eat the share of the food of those deluded souls who opted out. Thanks, pals. I needed that. I was hungry.

What is clear is that the party was a terrific success. Thanks to John and Terri for, once again, opening up their house to this unruly band of ragamuffins we call our bicycle club. And, although Terri is no longer the club's social director, she and John did most of the organizing work behind the scenes to insure the party's success.

Thanks also go to our generous local bike shops that contributed raffle prizes that went to a lot of the attendees; Alfred E Bike, Breakaway Bicycles, Pedal, and Johnson Cycle Works. I can never stress enough how much these shops support our club during the course of the year and how important it is for us to do our part in turn by patronizing them with our purchases. Shop locally and keep your money working in the community.

Volunteer of the year and club webmaster David Jones received a gift certificate from Breakaway Bicycles as a token of appreciation for all that he does on the club's behalf. Doug and Kathy Kirk doled out many fun and funny awards, giving away as prizes bicycle-shaped pasta.

Finally, Race Team Director Jon Ballema deserves special thanks for organizing the wine purchases (Ramona Palace Riesling, Green Eyes Pinot Grigio, and In the Mood Black Raspberry Merlot) from Tempo Vino Winery in Kalamazoo. He also commissioned a friend there to brew the Irish Red Ale and Milk Stout beers. Although there were those who didn't eat at the party, those who imbibe seemed to show no such restraint. By the time I made my way downstairs to the kegs, the stout had been drained completely and I never even got a taste. I'd been spit off the back of the beer line! Maybe next year . . .

Club Insurance Update

As a reminder for those of you who attended the Recovery Party, and for those of you who did not, in order for you to qualify for coverage under the club's excess medical insurance policy, administered through the League of American Bicyclists, you need to be a member, and also need to be participating in "sanctioned" club rides.

A sanctioned club ride is one that the club knows about, organizes, and approves. Each club under this program decides on its own what constitutes a "sanctioned" ride. Here are the guidelines our club has come up with:

Sanctioned KBC rides must either be a part of the regularly scheduled club ride calendar publicized through the club's communication systems, and/or led by a recognized, sanctioned KBC member and ride leader.

Ride leaders wishing to conduct sanctioned KBC rides must appear at a monthly club meeting at least annually to request sanctioning status for rides they conduct.

Sanctioned rides must be conducted in a safe and reasonable manner consistent with state vehicle law and KBC ride safety policies.

Sanctioned rides must consist of more than one rider.

Sanctioned rides may occur either on the road or off-road.

A new season is starting, and if you want to become a sanctioned ride leader in order to have the rides you conduct be covered under the club's insurance policy, please come to a club meeting in order to answer a couple of questions regarding your intent to lead rides, and to have your name recorded in the minutes. It's a pretty simple procedure, but very important to have done before anything untoward happens. The club cannot and will not convey retroactive sanctioning status to rides or ride leaders.

FOB Award

Director of Road Safety Paul Selden took the initiative last year to start the club's Friend of Bicycling Award program in order to publicly recognize individuals and organizations in the area that help facilitate cycling activities.

The winner for 2011 is the Portage City Department of Streets and Equipment. In response to cyclist's requests, crews from that department's filled potholes that were identified by KBC members prior to Bike Camp, and repaved some of the worst stretches of the bike lanes on Portage Road.

I was pleased to present the FOB Award at that department's staff meeting on February 1st.

Friend of Bicyling Award

Deputy Director Ray Waurio, left, and Jack Hartman, Director, Portage City Department of Streets and Equipment, hold the KBC Friend of Bicycling Award plaque in a Portage facilities management conference room following the presentation on February 1, 2012.

The following day, Paul Selden was interviewed by Lori Moore on WKZO radio. Here's a link to that dialogue. http://media.mwcradio.com/podcasts/episodes/files/LORI-THURSDAY_02-02-12_8amHour-PaulSeldon.mp3

Zolton Cohen, KBC President


Monthly Meeting

The next KBC Monthly Meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at the Kalamazoo YMCA on Maple Street. All KBC members are welcome to attend. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine's Day meeting.


Preliminary KBC Special Interest Group Survey Results

by Paul Selden

Below is a condensed summary of our Special Interest Group survey results as of noon January 27, 2012. To condense the results, answers to questions asking for description, and comments are not reported here, but will be released in our final report. If you have not already done so, you may participate at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJNGFKH. Thank you to everyone participating so far!

1. Would you like to communicate with / ride with other KBC members with similar interests, at least once in a while? (46 responders)

Yes 95.7%

2. Which type of (non-racing) ride-oriented special interest groups might appeal to you? Pick all that apply. (46 responders)

Road 78.3%
Touring / Adventure 56.5%
Mountain / Off Road 45.7%

3. Please describe any other special interest groups (not covered in Question 2) that might appeal to you that support KBC's charter (e.g., racing, education, trail-building, etc.)
(This will be reported later.)

4. How would you describe your reason for riding? Pick all that apply. (47 responders)

Fitness / Health 95.7%
Casual / Recreational / Family 57.4%
Racing / Competition 23.4%
Other (please specify) 10.6%

5. As a VERY loose indicator of how much you might like to ride in the coming year (with a special interest group or not), what is the approximate miles you rode in 2011 or would like to ride in 2012? (46 responders)

1001+ 63.0%
201-1000 37.0%
0-200 0.0%

6. Thank you for participating in our survey! If you have any other comments you would like to add, you may do so below.
(This will be reported later.)


Adventures in Winter Biking

by Paul Selden

Quick Lesson in Black Ice

Only 6 miles separated me from home. A pleasant 39 miles with my good biking buddies were behind me. The weather had been great in December 2011. Temperatures hovered in the low 40s for most of our weekend ride.

I approached what looked like a thin black puddle on the Portage Trailway. Under the mostly sunny skies that Sunday, most of the recent snow fall had melted and most of the blacktop was dry. But having heard stories of road rash earlier in the day from my more experienced buddies, when I approached the six foot long "puddle," I slowed down. My plan was to keep the front wheel dead straight, topped by what I thought was a brilliant tactic not to wobble as I crossed the wet-looking patch.

My tactic unraveled faster than in the blink of an eye. Before I could think, "What's happening?" I was down, skating on my left hip and elbow across super-slick black ice. My feet were still clipped in and my hands still held the handlebars. I came to rest riding the bike on my side. My hip was bruised and scuffed strawberry red. My windbreaker sported a new little hole in the elbow. Luckily, nothing was broken, sprained, or even bleeding. My bike was fine. Lesson Learned: In the future, stop and walk the bike or ride in the grass to the side of any such "puddles."

A Cost-Effective Alternative (To Medical Bills and/or Not Riding At All)

Fast-forward a month later to the snowstorm ending around Friday the 13th of January 2012. During the intervening month, I performed a simple calculation. The math was needed, due to my determination to commute and run local errands all winter by bike whenever feasible. On the one hand was the cost and inconvenience of medical treatment if my next fall was more serious. This could run into the thousands of dollars. On the other hand, there was the cost of a pair of studded snow tires, with the only time spent being another excuse to go to my local bike shop. Hmm . . .

Weighing my options carefully, I invested in a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires and prepared myself for a new kind of adventure. Naturally – why lay in a hospital bed, when I could be mounting a set of tungsten carbide studded ice tires with "Kevlarguard!" See how the mind of a cyclist works if left alone at home too long?

The Results So Far

The fact that I am smiling as I write this article from the comfort of home gives away the results of my ice tire adventures (so far). Before I write further, I must say that I don't recommend what I've done to anyone. Cycling can be dangerous; the hazards are compounded when riding on inherently slippery surfaces. If you decide to ride in the variety of situations I'm about to cover in the unscientific tire tests described below, that is your decision alone.

On partly plowed side roads where little or no pavement is showing, where tire-tracks can be followed, leaving an underlying coating of uneven ice, I find that intense concentration is needed to maintain balance. The experience is somewhat like downhill skiing. Firm control of the handlebars is a must, because many quick corrections are needed. Imagine taking a mountain bike over roots, or a road bike over very uneven and odd sized cobblestones. I have never tried unicycling, but I think that the need for constant steering adjustments would be somewhat similar. That said, the studded tires bit in and even let me climb some short hills on my route. No falls. I didn't test going fast around sharp turns at the bottom of some of those hills. What do you think I am, crazy?

The partly plowed side roads confirmed the wisdom of my initial decision to ride with full (quick mounting) fenders and mud flaps. The advice to ride with full fenders was often repeated in the web research I did on winter riding. The treads throw snow and slush like other deeply treaded tires throw water and mud. My back was clean after all my romps in the snow, ice, and slush. The bike gets somewhat de-slushed with whatever is left in my water bottles and then I bring the bike inside to drip on some old hand towels. I pre-tested and used my brakes often during each ride; they never failed me, by the way.

On unplowed asphalt bike trails with 4-6 inches of mid-density snow, I found I needed to keep the wheels turning to avoid slowing to a stop. The trick was to shift into the lowest gear and keep pedaling. I could climb small hills even when losing the paved path hidden under the snow, unintentionally riding over snow-covered grass. I felt confident enough to plow straight through some of the mounds thrown up by snow plows at the beginning and end of the path, provided I hit them at a tangent. Riding over an untracked snow-covered bike path made me feel like a kid again. No traffic. Good traction and control. Totally different from any riding I've experienced. Speeds were low, in the neighborhood of 1-5 mph. Again no spills, but some fun thrills.

On deeper snow, I couldn't make headway, coming to a complete stop. I wasn't able to get going again, so I turned around and walked back to where I could ride again. Even inflated to their lower-than-road tire pressures, the 35mm tires sunk in too deep; they didn't float over the top. Regardless of the fact that I mounted the tires in their proper directional tread orientation (as indicated by arrows on each sidewall). At some point the depth and consistency of the snow felt like I was trying to pedal against a wheel chock.

On plowed main roads that are still snow covered, but with motor vehicle tracks and a fairly consistent snow pack, the going could be very good. Intense concentration was needed, because staying in the track was critical to safety at faster speeds. On the upside, I found I could maintain 10-12 mph in this type of track. On the downside, I have never been beeped at by so many cars (about four or five) in such as short stretch as when I rode on South Westnedge from Centre heading south to Osterhout. I don't know if the drivers were thinking that this would help me concentrate better, or make me get out of their way so that I'd have to ride in the deep uneven snow plowed into the bike lane or on the unshoveled sidewalks. My wife confirmed my suspicions that the beeps were mainly a primal symbol of anger. My presence on their road was making them drive outside the safety of their tire tracks. Never mind they wanted me to get out of their tire tracks, too, regardless of what that meant for my own safety. I consider this type of bike riding among the most dangerous, due to the close proximity of vehicles on slippery roads.

On cleared roads that may have some snow and slush, the experience is almost like regular road riding. Due to the heavy knobby tires and their comparatively high rolling resistance, I experienced a 3-5 mph reduction in speed, with greater effort required overall. The sound the studs make on fairly dry pavement is a pleasant crackling, like a merry little campfire, or the sound of running over pea gravel. Looking over my front tire when it is spinning on a road like this I see four bluish-silver semi-circular streaks. At night when wearing amber lenses, the silver blue fire turns into a stroboscopic pattern of green dots that blurs, slows, stops, and moves forward or backward depending on how fast I'm moving. A very cool aesthetic experience.

Off-roadon local woodland trails and hiking paths with inconsistent patches of snow and ice, I needed to learn fast to adjust to each new surface texture and to what was on either side of the path. Taking a back way into Portage's West Lake Nature Preserve, I discovered, while moving over a surface of inch-deep footprints forming a continuously cratered ice layer, that I could not stay seated if I wanted to avoid bone jarring shocks delivered to my sit-bones and more tender parts. Standing, finding the right gear and cadence while maintaining forward momentum, and with intense concentration, I made my way toward the overlook in the marsh to the west of West Lake. The frozen cratered surface posed no problem for the spiked tires. Maintaining balance and quick maneuvering were the critical elements here, not traction. As I approached the narrow floating walkway that led to the overlook, the chain and posts to either side could have been very hazardous, had I fallen (but I didn't). Returning to the main entrance via the lower trail, the surface changed to partly frozen mud with some snow and ice – all deeply cratered by walking shoes. The tires kept turning, and I kept standing. This was work. I would pause from time in a more solid patch to rest and reflect on what was coming next.

Leaving the Preserve, a smart, well-disciplined rider would have headed for home, satisfied that what started out as a recovery ride to the mailbox was now becoming a decent workout, and that further exertion would mean "breaking training." It is therefore a testimony to something deeply flawed in this reviewer's personality, that I would even think that I should "just take a minute" to ride the ice-cratered tarmac leading up to the eastern entrance to Bishop's Bog "to investigate." Needless to say, gentle reader, that once your reviewer reached the floating walkway to the bog, another bit of his mental machinery could be heard quietly cracking up in the background. True to my Norwegian heritage, I like to explore. The path called me. Need more be said?

Off-road on ice-covered continuous floating walkway, with patches of wet snow and foot-print cratered ice of various lengths and depths, I discovered some personal boundaries and limitations. One discovery was the limit of my riding ability, previously confined to riding roads and bike trails. In 35 degree temperature, with scenic stretches of open water, snow, and marsh to either side, but no railing to lean on, the consequences of steering off a two inch deep ice and snow covered crown takes on a whole different meaning than accidently veering off a woodland path onto some leaves. Half-way along the floating path, heading southwest to the bridge that delivers travelers onto dry land, I stopped to pant from the novel exertion of standing the entire distance so far. Perhaps it was dehydration that led me to a completely irrational conclusion. "The unexplored half lying around the bend ahead couldn't be much worse than what has been successfully traversed." I imagine that this twisted bit of logic has spelled the doom of many an otherwise longer-lived explorer.

Ah well, things did get worse. Now a deeper wet snow covered more of the icy craters. (Can you say, "White goose grease?") As my wheels spun with each carefully metered downward stroke (still standing), I discovered that deep treads and ice spikes counted for much less on this type of terrain. Loss of traction meant slowing down. Slowing down made it more difficult to balance. Mental fatigue made it harder to concentrate on how to turn the handlebars to regain the line, each time I'd fall off a little buried icy footprint. I was having to stick my foot into who-knows-what off the path, each time I slowed to a stop and had to unclip to stay upright. The record shows that somewhere in this part of my "recovery ride" my heart rate hit 161. Somewhere in there I also slowed to a stop – because I was suddenly resting on my right side in a patch of soft snow next to the trail. Had my overbooted bike shoe caught in my front mud flap once too often? I have no idea. That theory didn't run through my mind until much later.

But did your reviewer give up his test? After all, he had not been impaled by a sharp branch or otherwise injured. Did he throw in the towel just because he had a mere 30 yards of more of the same standing between him and the bridge? Shrewdly, your ice-tire reviewer weighed the fact that open water would soon be flanking each side of the path. Into the mix was the knowledge that his progress over the floating walk had been slower than a walk thus far. The answer is that, sagely, this test pilot walked his bike to solid ground. I hereby post this type of path as a double black diamond when crowned with 2-3 inches of slippery wet snow and a footprint cratered base of ice. (Note to self: Ah, I think I get it! This may be a path comparable in difficulty to the paths that lead my brother-in-law to don Kevlar pads so that he looks like Ironman when mountain biking in the Rockies, in his home state of Colorado.)

I make no claims as to fitness, but I confess to the reader, this was the most physically demanding bicycling I've ever done. I can push my heart harder for longer on the road, but this type of riding is demanding in more dimensions. It not only requires good aerobic stamina, it requires continuous, intense mental concentration, as well as the ability to ride standing all the time (which uses a set of muscles not exercised as much). Seriously, even my hands felt like they were getting a workout from gripping and having to continuously steady, then forcibly turn the handlebars (every inch of the way). By the time I reached dry asphalt, my jacket, balaclava, and mittens were stowed away, and every zipper I could unzip was open, while sweating for much of the ride home.

On a skating rink, I can only guess – call this situation "untested at time of press." I have not tried riding on a surface as large or slippery as an ice rink (or nicely frozen lake), so I can't tell you how the tires would perform in that situation. However, if you believe that your reviewer is still capable of rational thought after reading this article, I deduce that the spikes would do very well, as the mere existence of a sport called motorcycle ice racing might suggest. The studs are sharp (walking the bike across a wood floor would probably leave a trail of marks), so I think they'd bite in and provide sufficient traction. My personal, possibly erroneous, conclusion is if I'm going be winter-riding anyway, I am safer riding on these studded babies than on my mud/sand or road tires.

Another possible over-generalization is that, it was slick, tractionless snow that did me in, not ice. The mind leaps ahead to the future, to tests with a genuine snow bike sporting, say, 135 mm (5.3 inch) tires. Heh heh.

As of the big melt at the end of January 2012, I know that my Schwalbes will be ready for their next test. Sitting on their own cyclocross rims. Looking at me with those big black eyes, wondering when we'll get our next chance to play outside.



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New members:
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Jon Ballema · Alan Dowdy · Jim Eckert Family · Tyson Gilmore · Marc Irwin · Paul Powers · Shane Thompson · Michael Vandeveer · Jeremy VanSpronsen · Daniel Victor

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Editor's Letter – Peas and Mashed Potatoes

One of the few nice things about riding my bicycle on a stationary trainer during the winter is that it allows me to get back in touch with my musical roots. I'll pull out one of my old record albums, place it on my turntable, put the stylus on the album, and start to ride. And, no, I'm not riding a penny farthing.

Listening to these old record albums also serves three purposes. First, I get to listen to music that I enjoyed 30 or 40 years ago and still enjoy, but don't get to hear very often, least of all, on the radio. Second, it will enable long dormant ear worms to hatch, once again, during long summer rides; ear worms that will be a lot easier to endure than "I've got the moo-ooh-ooh-OOH-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, moves like Jagger." And in the somewhat near future, some kid will hear that song and say "So, explain to me exactly why a person would brag about moving like someone who uses a walker." Third, it allows the time to pass faster. This last purpose is particularly important, unfortunately, and that is because riding a bicycle on my stationary trainer is not an intrinsically enjoyable activity.

On the other hand, what is intrinsically enjoyable is riding outside, as was running outside during my record album playing heyday. When I began running, listening to music while I ran was not an option, mainly because extension cords were not that long. Oh, I suppose I could have strapped a transistor radio to my ear, which would have been visually, as well as aurally, pleasing. Later on, I suppose I could have run while carrying a boom box, which could have also served as a weapon against potential muggers; muggers who are well aware of the fact that runners habitually run with wads of cash stuffed into their shorts. It was not until I became more of a cyclist than a runner when it became practical to listen to music while running or cycling. And so, it is not surprising nowadays to see runners running and cyclists cycling to the beat of their personal soundtrack.

About a month ago, I was looking at the Bicycling Magazine website and I came across an article in the Rambling Man blog concerning the use of headphones while riding. The blogger, a bicycle racer, said that he listens to music while training from time to time, but because he's concerned about safety and possible hearing loss, he's thinking about giving up the headphones. There were over 60 comments to this article, almost all of them devoted to debating the safety of using various types of music listening devices and almost all of them missing the point. The point being peas and mashed potatoes.

When I was a child, I hated peas. But since not eating them was not an option while living under the benevolent dictatorship of the Land of Mom and Dad, I had to find some way to make eating them more palatable. I learned to do this by mixing them with a food that I enjoyed, such as mashed potatoes. This wasn't a very satisfactory culinary experience, but it was one that enabled me to clean my plate.

So, when I see a runner or rider listening to music, I feel like shouting "Why are you trying to mix peas with mashed potatoes?! Do you think that what you're doing is such a monotonous, soul crushing activity; such a pea like activity, that the only way you can get yourself through it is to attempt to numb yourself with music?" I exaggerate, but only slightly. I can obviously understand why someone listens to music while riding a bike on a stationary trainer, since I do it myself. I can even understand it, at least to some extent, when a person uses music as a source of energy during a hard training ride. But in the vast majority of outdoor rides, what flows into your headphones is just a distraction; it's music as background noise. And when you mix the peas with the mashed potatoes, the mashed potatoes don't taste very good, either.

The day before the Winter Recovery Party, I got home from work early enough to do some outdoor riding. It had rained the previous evening and the rain had hardened into ice overnight, but the temperature was mild during the day and almost all of the ice had melted. I began my ride about 10 minutes after sunset and by the time I finished 45 minutes later, it was completely dark. I rode on some main roads during the early part of the ride and spent the remainder of the ride zigzagging through neighborhood streets, keeping an eye out for the occasional icy patch, since the temperature was just above freezing. I spent most of my time using all of my senses to absorb my surroundings, when cycling is at its best, and about a half hour into the ride, I could feel a grin start to form between my semi-frozen cheeks. "This is really fun," I thought to myself, and it was. I had the moves like Whaley and no soundtrack was necessary.

Rick Whaley, KBC Newsletter Editor


Some Upcoming Rides of Interest

Stop mocking us with this teaser of a section title, Mr Pedal Press Editor! Just stop it!


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Shop Notes

Alfred E Bike

320 East Michigan, Kalamazoo, (269) 349–9423

Billy's Bike Shop

63 East Battle Creek Street, Galesburg, (269) 665–5202

Breakaway Bicycles

185 Romence at Westnedge, Portage, (269) 324–5555,
Are you or someone you know looking for a new job? Breakaway Bicycles & Fitness of Portage is now accepting applications for employment in both sales and service. We are looking for a few full or part time salespeople as well as a full or part time mechanic. Experience is a plus, but not essential. If you are interested, please visit our website at www.breakawaybicycles.com and click on the careers link on the bottom left of the page for an application.

Custer Cyclery

104 North Augusta, Augusta, (269) 731–3492

Gazelle Sports

214 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, (269) 342–5996,
Gazelle Sports' February Footwear Sale runs February 15-19.
Thousands of running and casual shoes 25-50% OFF!
Selected soccer boots 25-60% OFF!
Clothing priced to MOVE!

Johnson Cycle Works

5309 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, (269) 226-0001.


611 W Michigan Avenue, Kalamazo, (269) 56–PEDAL
info@pedalbicycle.com and www.pedalbicycle.com

Team Active

22 W Michigan, Battle Creek, 1–800–841–9494

Friday, February 24th is the date for the 19th annual Team Active End of Winter Party. We are especially psyched this year because our special guest will be none other than Chris Carmichael. We are looking forward to our biggest EOW party ever. The event kicks off at 5:00 P.M. and will run until 9:00 P.M. As usual, we will have some great deals on all things cycling and will also have food, beer, and wine on hand. The EOW party is a great way to celebrate the upcoming riding season and an awesome opportunity to reconnect with all your riding buddies. Team Active is located at 22 W. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, Michigan.
Team Active Spinning Sessions: Team Active is holding free weekly spinning sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings here at the shop at 6:00 P.M. and also on Tuesdays at 5:30 P.M. Participants need to bring their own rollers or trainer, appropriate riding attire, a water bottle, and a towel. The weekly sessions will continue through the end of February. Riding with friends is a great way to make indoor riding more tolerable. And let us not forget that the spring riding season is just around the corner; time to charge up those legs and slim the waistline.

Village Cyclery

US 131 in Schoolcraft, 679–4242

Zoo City Cycle & Sports

4328 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo (269) 552–3000


Bicycling Safety Disclaimer

Important: Riding a bicycle is an inherently dangerous activity. There are risks of injury or death. You could ride over something and fall, or get hit by an automobile or strike or be struck by another bicyclist. There are many other dangers to bicycling as well.

While nothing can eliminate all risks associating with bicycle riding, to minimize the danger, make sure you and your bicycle are in good riding condition. Know the rules of the road and also of the group you're riding with, and ride in a manner consistent with the protocols of that group. Always wear a bike helmet, use bike lights if riding in the dawn, dusk or dark, and consider purchasing and riding with additional safety equipment such as reflectors and rear view mirrors.