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Below are some interesting facts and tips for the cycling enthusiasts amongst our members
100 million bike units are produced each year compared to the 60 million car units manufactured annually across the world. This recent bike popularity can be attributed to several factors. Bikes are effective, comfortable, environmentally friendly and affordable. All that on top of promoting health, economic and global development. According to Independent Media South Africa, about 1 million South African households own a bike they use for commuting purposes. In order to get the ultimate cycling experience, several factors need to be considered. These factors are based on knowledge on picking the right bike, cycling road safety rules, bike tracks and hijacking and black spot awareness.
Picking The Best Bike For You
There’s a wide array of bikes, biking technology and biking apps to choose from. Choosing the right bike for you is highly dependent on the bike’s intended use. BMX, hybrid, mountain, cruiser and road bikes are great but folding bikes are all the rage this season as they’re brilliant for commuters, city dwellers and everyone else who is short on space. If you’re looking for a versatile bike, then consider a folding style as it is much is less likely to be stolen. Their models range from 9.9kg to 16kg and have smaller wheels. Folding bikes have a number of gears to assist the cycling experience.
Different Models Of Folding Bikes
Brompton S Type- An excellent ride that can be folded into any size. It has a good quality saddle and quite a number of years. The handlebar can be customized to any desired shape.
Tern Verge – It has 20 inch wheels and 8 gears.It can ride both in hilly and flat areas . It weighs 11kg.
Dahon Vigor – It has 9 gears making climbing hills easier.It can fold across itself. It also has 20-inch wheels.
Bobbin Bicycle Fold – It is a compact folder which fits in small spaces, has 7 gears and weighs 13.5 kg.
Montague Crosstown – It has full size wheels like a regular bike, 24.5 inches to be specific.It can fold in half and it is extremely fast. It comes in 3 frame sizes to suit the rider’s heights.
Bikes are considered motor vehicles in South Africa. The same rules that apply to drivers also apply to cyclists. Below are some of the road safety rules for cyclists. Traffic lights are to be obeyed at all costs. Riding against traffic flow is an offense. If using a public road, the law requires you to be seated astride your saddle and with at least one hand on your handlebars. Save the crazy stunts for private roads. Cyclists should ride in a single lane as do cars unless overtaking. It is illegal for two cyclists to overtake a vehicle at the same time or to hold on to one in motion. Wearing reflective clothing and helmets is also required by the law.
Cycling In Promoting Global Development
76.7% of South Africans use public transport and 13.7% use private cars. Minibus taxis consumers make up 41.6%, buses take up 10.2% and trains 4.4%. Monthly, an individual spends R561 on taxis, R502 on buses or R402 on trains. These costs can be trimmed down and redirected if more people embraced cycling. Cycling also promotes education. Of the 16 million children enrolled in South Africa’s schools, 12 million walk to school. Of this figure, 500,000 pupils are often late because they have to tread on a one hour distance route to school daily. The World Bicycle Relief has taken upon itself to provide bicycles for such needy students. In the process, the country’s education agenda is promoted. Cycling has also promoted tourism as more and more tourists opt for bike rides when sightseeing. The best sceneries to sightsee with a bike include the Garden Route and Cape Winelands.
Knowing the best cycling tracks and lanes is important for any cycling experience. While there are professional guides who can help, finding your own routes can be adventurous. Staying on the right side of the law and picking a bike that is suitable for your needs is prime in having the ultimate cycling experience.
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