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Top 11 Tips for Cycling In Indian Traffic

If you are one of those who has rediscovered your love for cycling during the COVID  crisis, chances are you might be considering cycling to work when the situation permits. This means you will be spending time cycling amidst chaos and traffic. cycling

To make life a bit simpler, velocrush India has listed down a few tips that will help you navigate through the maze that is Indian roads and the intimidating traffic.

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  • Start with a good road position:

When you start riding on the road, every cyclist is required to ride to the extreme left of the road. This is your primary road position, remember. This leaves you right next to the parked cars on the side of the road. Make sure you keep a safe distance from these cars for the random opening of doors, a dog or a human sprinting out of nowhere. Also, ensure to leave enough space to your left; in case someone presses you to the left, you have room to move in.

  • Keep an eye for what’s around you:

Road awareness is key to skilful riding on the road. Keep an eye out for drain covers, road humps, potholes, gravel, oil, water, junctions, traffic lights and more. Ensure to look way ahead and around frequently to get an idea of what’s coming and what passes by. This prepares you for situations that might need you to stop abruptly resulting in a fall or a moment of panic. It helps you better manage moments where you are unsure how to react or are forced to make a sudden manoeuver that other road users would not anticipate.

  • Building up a sense of anticipation:

There are many times, you won’t be able to control what everyone around you does. For instance, a dog running across the road, a football/cricket ball appearing suddenly, people with mobile phones glued to their ear, etc. Once you have registered this, you are alert and it’s best to stay alert so you can react if required.

  • Make your intentions clear:

An important skill everyone needs to master, is riding with one hand. This allows you to show signals to the cars around you so they know your intentions. While riding in a straight line, look behind, use hand gestures as needed and manoeuvre only when it is safe.

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If you aren’t great at riding with one hand or looking behind, it’s best you practice in a safe traffic-free environment.

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  • Make eye contact:

Never make assumptions while cycling on the road. Some of the common ones being; the driver must have seen me, there might be no cars coming from the blind spot towards you, I’ll pass the signal before it turns red, etc.

If you have been cycling this way, you are riding your luck. Stop. Make eye contact with other road users (at junctions, side roads or roundabouts). This can be a lifesaver.

If you don’t see them react to you, it only means they haven’t seen you. So don’t assume.

  • Stay visible when riding your bike in the dark:

Lights are always good for the cyclist who prefers riding early morning or late at night. A white light in the front and red at the rear can make all the difference. Also, do get yourself a good reflective vest that makes you even more visible in the dark.

It’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Keep your hands on the brakes:

As a kid learning to cycle, along with balancing, we are taught to keep our hands on the brakes. However, as we grow up, we tend to forget this important lesson. Cycling with your hands on the brake levers at all times, keeps you prepared to stop in the event of an emergency.

It’s best you use both the brakes at the same time when wanting to stop. Use them smartly, while being mindful of water, gravel or any other material on the ground.

  • Wear a helmet, always:

Whether you are going to meet a friend a few buildings away or just around your local market to run some errands, always wear a helmet. Well, mishaps don’t come with a warning and wearing helmet makes for a smart cyclist.

  • Wear bright coloured clothes:

If you find yourself cycling before the sun rises or after it sets, it’s best you appear visible to other vehicles on the road. To do so, wear bright coloured clothes. This will help you stand out and become visible to vehicles on the road with low lighting. A reflective vest can also be a good idea.

  • Invest in good bicycle lights:

Along with the reflective vest, lights will add more value. A blinker at the rear and a headlight in the front can make a huge difference. Be seen and see better with lights. This will help you stay safe and enjoy the ride.

  • Brush up your skills:

If you lack the above skills, we suggest you seek help from the cycling experts. Velocrush India has been teaching cycling to kids and adults for the past 5 years in Mumbai and Delhi.

Cycling Hand Gloves In India for Hand Numbness

Having the best cycling hand gloves is equally as important as wearing a helmet or bib shorts. As your gloves make direct contact with the bicycle, they do much more than offering a good grip while riding.hand

Below is our definitive guide on buying the right cycling gloves. But first, let’s have a look at the benefits of wearing the best cycling gloves. 

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Benefits of wearing the best cycling hand gloves:

The best cycling gloves come with extra padding at the palms. This offers comfort that makes it easy for riders to ride for hours

  • A good pair of cycling gloves will protect you in case you have a fall
  • Gloves will also protect you from the cold by keeping them warm
  • The best cycling gloves come with a small towel built in at the base of your thumb finger. This can be useful to wipe off the sweat while cycling
  • They also reduce the friction between your hands and handlebars, which could otherwise cause blisters
  • Good cycling gloves will dampen vibrations which might cause hand/finger numbness
  • Reduce pressure on your ulnar nerve, which also causes numbness

What to look for while buying the best cycling hand gloves?

Before you get down to buying the best gloves for yourself decide what kind of riding you are into and what kind of weather you will be riding in. Then, choose your cycling gloves accordingly. 

Big manufacturers consider the following factors while designing a pair of cycling gloves:-

  • Breathability
  • Wicking
  • Protection
  • Waterproofing
  • Grip and warmth

Breathability:

Breathability is basically the ability of cycling gloves to allow water vapour to escape. If the gloves are not going to let water vapour escape, it will get trapped next to the skin where it becomes clammy and cold. Gloves that let your skin breathe will keep your skin dry and at optimum temperature 

Wicking:

This term is pretty common when it comes to buying a cycling jersey, shorts and even cycling gloves. Wicking is the ability of the fabric to draw sweat away from the skin to the surface of the fabric, where it will easily evaporate.

Waterproofing:

These days, you are likely to get gloves that are waterproof. Cycling gloves with a waterproof membrane help to keep your hands dry in inclement weather. 

When you are looking for waterproofing, ensure to keeping in mind that they could impact on the breathability of the fabric. Hence, they are not ideal to wear during hot weather conditions. 

Protection: 

Remember, different cycling gloves will offer a different level of protection. The full-finger gloves will provide full protection to your hands while half finger gloves will only protect your palm in the event of a crash.

Grip:

A good grip is an important factor to consider when buying any gloves. Usually, gloves come with leather or synthetic palms to enhance handlebar grip. While there are also a few that come with additional silicone grippers on the fingers for brake levers, gear shifters etc.

Warmth: 

Every pair of gloves will provide some degree of warmth. However, winter cycling gloves are the best when it comes with offering maximum insulation from the cold. 

However, these gloves are not meant for year-round riding as they are too heavy and cannot be used for summer.

Style:

When it comes to buying the best cycling gloves, remember, there are two styles available. 

1. Fingerless gloves 

2. Full-finger gloves

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1. Fingerless gloves-

When you want to feel the brakes and shifters, the fingerless gloves are a good idea. Also, they allow more breathability when biking in hot temperatures. Such types of gloves work really well for city riding and road biking.

2. Full-finger gloves

If you’re looking for complete protection, go for full-finger gloves. These gloves are useful to those who ride in cold temperatures. These gloves are ideal for riding off-road who prefer the extra protection.

Budget:

Just like buying any product, it is important to have a budget in mind. A good budget will help you filter down gloves to a few from which you can choose. Needless to say, the quality will completely depend on the budget that you have decided to spend. The higher the budget better comfort, longevity and so on. 

Fabrics:

Gloves are typically made of synthetic leather in the palm for protection against rubbing, and other synthetics, such as polyester and spandex, in the rest of the glove for mobility and comfort. The best cycling gloves feature breathability technology to minimize sweating.

The being said, depending on the material and quality will affect price, fit, comfort and longevity. 

Fit:

Remember, cycling gloves have to permit you enough finger mobility to brake and shift gears. They also should not feel too tight or too lose. Also, they don’t have to be too big or too small. 

If the gloves are too small, you will know for sure. However, you also need to ensure that the gloves don’t dig too deep in between your fingers when your hands are pressed into the handlebar. This happens when the gloves are too short in the palm. 

Also, avoid cycling gloves that are too short at the wrist. 

On the other hand, if the gloves are too big, it will be difficult to get a good grip on the handlebar. 

Some hands are long and thin, some are short and wide, and it is the same with gloves.

The best way is to wear them and try holding a bicycle handlebar to get a better idea.

Padding:

Wearing gloves that have too much padding or too little padding, can also be a cause difficulty in gripping the bars well. However, this depends on your personal choice. Some prefer minimal padding while others prefer more padding. Just keep in mind he cycling gloves fulfils its purpose while riding your bicycle. 

Needless to day, Padding can either be some type of foam, or a gel, which is meant to maintain it’s cushioning effect longer.

Other Features:

Besides the fabric, padding and fit, you can also look for the following features while buying cycling gloves

  • Adjustable Velcro cuffs
  • Adjustable drawcords at the base of the cuffs (seen on full-finger gloves)

Parts of Cycling Hand Gloves:

Parts:

Cycling gloves are made from a number of parts. This includes the following:

  • Upper
  • Palm
  • Fingers and cuffs

Let’s have a look in detail about these parts:-

Uppers:- 

The back of the glove is called as the upper. The material here is often very thick to provide extra protection from the wind and weather. It could also have a waterproof member depending on the material that is used to make the glove.

Palm:

Generally, cycling gloves come with thicker palms. This part of the gloves is made from synthetic leather for grip.

Fingers:

As we explained earlier, full-finger gloves cover the entire fingers while fingerless gloves don’t. The full-finger gloves are the first choice for a cyclist riding in winter while the latter is a popular Sumer choice.

Cuffs:

The part of the gloves that goes around your wrist is called as the cuffs. Make sure it is comfortable and snug. Too tight and it will restrict blood circulation and too loose and the glove won’t feel like a snug fit.