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Get In Protective Gear...Riding Safe

As the Founder and CEO of Roc-A-Natural, I am constantly seeking fun ways to get my fitness on and although I enjoy speed walking, my latest exercise is bike riding.

I have been regularly riding to the tunes of some of my favorite songs while going to the grocery store, pharmacy, dry cleaners and making deliveries of Body By R.A.N B-Products.

Did you know that bike riding will improve your cardiovascular health, lift your mood, and boost your fitness? Yes, indeed.  I've noticed a big difference in the toning of my legs, building muscles and overall raising of my metabolic rate to burn body fat due to me incorporating hills on my bike routes as well as combining a healthy eating plan.  Of course riding safe is key and you must be properly geared up.

My thoughtful son, Virgilio Meyers, II surprised me last night with a few protective bike gear to keep me safe while riding.  "Ma, here you go...a few things to put on your bike to keep you safe when you go bike riding and so you can be seen at night."  Thank you so very much son for thinking about me and ensuring my safety!

It is extremely important for cyclist to know:

  1.  Always wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet can greatly reduce the impact of crashes on a rider’s head, prevent cuts and – worse – possible brain damage.

  2. Before riding, always inspect your bike, to make sure all parts are secure and working as intended.

  3. Inflate your tires to the right pressure when needed. Under-inflated tires easily roll and slide causing many falls.

  4.  Adjust your bike seat to fit properly. Here’s how: sit on your bike; your knee should have a very slight bend when you extend your leg with the foot on the pedal. When your seat is properly adjusted, you won’t get tired as fast.

  5.  Keep at least one hand on the handlebar when riding. Carry your stuff in a backpack, basket or carrier.

  6.  Pay attention: be on the lookout for road hazards like gravel, leaves, animals, potholes, drain grates, distracted drivers, etc.

  7.  Wear bright clothing or a reflective vest, and use reflective tape, even during the day, to make yourself more noticeable in traffic.

  8. Always use your bicycle front and rear lights, even during the day. You’ll be visible to incoming traffic and you’ll be seen by drivers. Blinking lights increase the likelihood of being seen, drastically decreasing the chances of getting hit; therefore, bike lights (front and rear) are essential.

  9.  Obey the rules of the road. Because bicycles are considered vehicles, you must always follow traffic laws and signs.

  10. . Install a ringing bell. Letting others know you are coming can prevent someone from getting in your path.

I challenge you to park your cars and get your bike ride on! "It's all about being in a natural state of mind"

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