Contrary to popular opinion or the rules set down by the authorities riding a bicycle facing traffic is much safer than riding with traffic in the opinion of the author. When riding against traffic, a person can see what is coming and get off the highway when traffic gets too close.
There should also be proper lights, reflectors, bells or hors, etc. The NJ law states that a helmet should be worn by anyone 17 or younger. They should be in good condition and properly inflated. Brakes should be properly lubricated and be checked periodically for safety adjustments.
Apparel worn while riding can be very important. Avoid dark clothing. Reflective clothing could be very valuable. Lugs, chains, bolts, seats, handle bars, etc. should be checked periodically for safety and comfort. The help of a professional should be sought out during questionable adjustments and upkeep.
Per William Shakespeare “Neither a borrower or lender be!”
The worst is to lose a bike or have damage done to a bike is to lend someone your bike. People generally are less caring and/or protective of your property than they are of their own. I recommend you don’t be a "goody-two shoes "(Nice guy)
just to appease and/or be liked by the other person.
Since bicycles are a major source of transportation, in particular in Asbury Park, it is generally a good idea to avoid leaving the bike there.
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