Hi guys. I am new to riding my bike on a daily occurance and have some safety questions. I tried to read a lot of threads and it seems most people prefer to ride in the road as opposed to the sidewalk but i wont get started on that as it seems to bring up a lot of controversy.
Anyway when riding in the road do you ride in the lane or next to the lane?
If next to the lane are you supposed to ride going with the flow of traffic or against it? I have heard you are supposed to ride against the flow of traffic on the side of the road so you can see the cars coming. It seems like when going with traffic you cant see behind you and if you move over slightly or try to avoid something you may get clipped by a car.
Also it seems like if your not in the lane you will have to be constantly going around parked cars which could be very annoying.
Also if it matters I dont have a fast road bike, i mostly ride casually. Any tips for the best place to ride would be greatly appreciated. Thanks