How to Ride a Bike

Riding on the Road

Do you live in a country with [relatively] safe roads? This section is not for you – getting on the road is relatively easy for you: maybe do a little reading, get on the road, watch what other riders are doing, and you’ll figure it out.

This section is written for American roads, and it will apply to roads in many other countries, where speed is prioritized over safety. The bad news: riding on the road can feel scary, and for good reason: motor vehicles are one of the top killers of Americans every year. The good news: there are great local and national organizations working to make roads safe again, and until that day comes, there are strategies you can use to make riding fun and safe(r).

Also, it’s always important to keep in mind that, though there’s plenty of room for improvement on American roads, riding a bike is still a relatively safe thing to do, if you know what to watch out for. At the end of the day, when you choose to ride, you’re chosing to place your (almost certain happiness) above the small risk of bad things happening.


tktk – GMaps, Strava, …

tktk – old school maps & wandering

Actually riding, Lane positioning

Carrying Stuff


Sweat, etc.