I'd recommend 100-110psi in your tires. Wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road.
The paramedics explained why riding on the sidewalk is a bad idea, and how although it feels safer, its not.
Just like how having very high beltlines on a car (e.g. chrysler 300c) gives its driver a false sense of safety, or a the high ride height of an SUV, etc etc
Sent from my basement using two tin cans and a string.
You know, without knowing the specifics of his roads, I'm not going to jump down this guy's throat for riding on the sidewalk.
There's a quarter-mile stretch of road that is the only way for me to get to my home and I ride on the sidewalk along it (although technically it's a multi-use trail, where bicycles are permitted).
Because that quarter-mile stretch is a very narrow four-lane road with no median and instead of a shoulder it has a raised curb -- absolutely no room for a cyclist to share a lane with a car. This road has a lot of traffic, and this particular stretch is bounded on both ends by blind downhill curves. While the speed limit is 35 (marked at 20 at the curves on each end), people do 50 to 55 all day long. Any bicyclist on the road will force traffic into the inside lane. If this happens right after one of the blind corners -- say two cars come around the corner side-by-side and encounters a bicyclist -- there's a good chance of an accident. At that point, the odds are stacked against the person wearing lycra.
Frankly, almost all cyclists in the area avoid this particular stretch of road and take a different route instead; as I said, I have to ride along it to get to my home.
So, as a general rule I agree that one should always ride in the road. Except when one shouldn't.
Last edited by dts; 04-06-2012 at 10:27 PM.