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Beware of these 5 cycling distractions

Bicycling around the Bay Area is not only great exercise, it is also an effective way to commute. Whether you ride your bike for fun or out of necessity, you must realize that cycling can be dangerous. After all, because motor vehicles are significantly larger and heavier than your bike, your chances of sustaining a serious injury in a collision with one are not exactly minor. 

According to a recent study, around 60% of cyclists reportedly experience some type of distraction while riding their bikes. As you know, if you do not focus on the road, path or trail in front of your bike, you may not be able to arrive at your destination safely. Here are five cycling distractions you should both understand and try to avoid: 

How to react to an aggressive driver when you are on a bike

It is abundantly clear that many drivers are not too keen on sharing the road with bicyclists. This was evident in January in the Bay Area when a car hit a 14-year old on his bike and then dragged him for four blocks before driving away without stopping to make sure the boy was okay. The teen was in critical condition but survived the crash.

Bicyclists need to be cautious any time they get on the road. There are plenty of drivers out there who will not give you enough space or actively try to psych you out. It is vital to understand how to deal with these drivers, so you can avoid a bike accident

4 tips for bicycling in hot weather

Even though the Bay Area is notorious for its mild climate and wind, it can still get hot. A spell of heat in the 80s or 90s should not deter you from enjoying your bike. But you need to take the proper precautions to make sure you do not dehydrate or overheat. 

Riding during the summer may be more appealing than in the rain or extreme wind, but it has its own obstacles to overcome. Here are some cycling safety tips to deal with the high temperatures.

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