#LifeInCzechia Spring is here! It’s the perfect time to get on your bike and hit the road. Discover your surroundings on two wheels. This will not only help the environment but also improve your fitness. Welcome to our second guide on how to bike in Czechia! We’ve prepared a practical overview of the rules of riding outside the city. Enjoy the ride!
Use a helmet and goggles to protect yourself.
Biking can improve your physical health, help you save money for transport, and positively affect your personal well-being. It is also a great pastime activity to do with your friends and family. Moreover, by biking outside the city you avoid busy traffic in the city. What do you need to keep in mind before hopping on a bike?
A helmet is an essential accessory for safe and responsible cycling. Pursuant to Act No. 361/2000 Coll. on Road Traffic it is only mandatory for children under 18 years old. Nevertheless, helmets can save your life, especially outside the city where you ride at a higher speed. Head injuries can be severe, and wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of something happening to you.
Cycling goggles are designed to protect your eyes and reduce eye fatigue. Especially on a country road, there is a higher probability of dust, insect, or little stones hitting your eyes. They can also get irritated by stronger wind or UV rays exposure. Use cycling goggles instead of sunglasses which are made out of a less resistant material.
Cycling tools can come in handy in case of minor punctures or when replacing a broken chain. Having the right tools will help you perform basic repairs or adjustments, and ensure a safe and smooth cycling experience.
Bike lights and reflective gear outside the city are essential parts of your equipment. Always use your bike lights when it’s raining, foggy, or getting dark. It’s also a good idea to have a backup set of lights or extra batteries for longer rides.
On a country road, never ride too closely on the side of the road. There are many bumps and holes that can be dangerous. Apart from that, it’s the area with the most debris or even glass that can damage your bike. It is also easier to fall off your bike there. Keep a safe distance from the cars and rather bike behind them.
Do you want to go for a ride but don’t have a bike? No problem! Just rent one. However, do not use the rental bike apps mentioned in the previous article. It’s too expensive and the bikes are unsuitable for off-road cycling. Opt for going to a proper bike rental store to fit your needs. Go to Yelp, enter your location, and find the nearest store.
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Did you miss our first guide on how to ride in a city? Learns more about it here. For more tips, check out our categories of “Living” and “Expat” with great pastime activities and recommendations for interesting places. You will not only have a lot of fun but also learn about your new home.