page 11-12, Chapter One, RIDE SAFELY
Wear a helmet.
Trek urges all bicycle riders to wear helmets. An unprotected head is highly susceptible to injury, even from the slightest contact. There are many new helmets on the market with are both lightweight and comfortable. Trek recommends buying a helmet that is comfortable, fits properly, and meets ANSI and Snell safety testing standards (Fig. 21).
Know your local bicycle riding laws
Most state and local areas have specific laws for cyclists. Local cycling clubs or your state's Department of Transportation should be able to supply this information to you. A few of the more important rules of riding are:
--Use the proper hand signals.
--Ride on the correct side of the road (never go against traffic).
--Ride single file when riding with other cyclists.
--Ride defensively (expect the unexpected). Remember: You are hard to see, and although cycling is becoming more and more common, many drivers simply are not trained to recognize the rights and special considerations ofa bicycle rider.
Avoid off-road riding.
Your Trek bitycle is not designed for off-road riding. This bicycle is designed solely for riding on paved roads or bicycle paths. Do not attempt to ride this bicycle on dirt or rock paths.
Use your brakes carefully
Always keep a safe stopping distance between you and other vehicles or objects. When braking, apply both brakes at the same time. However, avoid using too much pressure on your front brake as it may cause your rear wheel to lift off the ground or your front wheel to slip out from under you.
Adjust stopping distances and braking forces to suit riding conditions.
Always be on the lookout for hazardous situations. Remember that you are not as visible as a car to other bicyclists, motorists, or pedestrians. Be prepared to stop or take evasive action at all times.
Watch the road
Road conditions and designs have improved over the years, but you should always be aware of potential problems. Watch for potholes, drain grates, soft or low shoulders, and other deviations. When crossing railroad tracks, do so carefully at a 90 degree angle (Fig. 22--which shows the bicycle crossing RR tracks at 90 degrees, and a 45 degree arrow with a circle and oblique line saying "Don't"). If you are not sure of condition, walk your bike.
Watch the parked cars you are preparing to pass.
If a car you are passing suddenly enters your lane or someone opens a door unexpectedly, you could be involved in a serious accident. We advise you to mount a horn or bell on your bicycle for added security in defensive riding.
Be careful when riding at night
Your Trek is equipped with a full set of reflectors; keep them clean and in position, As useful as these reflectors are, remember that they do not help you see, nordo they help you be seen unless light is directed on them. Most local riding laws require a headlight and a tail light if you or going to ride at night. Obey those laws. We also recommend that you wear light and bright colored clothing, especially at night, to make yourself more visible.
The important thing isto see and be seen. A number of products will help you achieve this. If you do any amount of night riding, visit your Trek dealer to see what's available.
Be careful when riding in wet conditions
No brakes, whatever their design, work as effectively in wet weather as they do in dry. Wet weather precautions therefore must be taken. BRakes, even when properly aligned, lubricated, an maintained, require greater lever pressure and longer stopping distances in wet weather. Anticipate the extra time it will take to stop. Also, remember that wet weather causes reduced visibility (bothfor you and for motorists) and reduced traction. Use slower cornering when traction is reduced. Wet leaves and manhole covers are other wet weather hazards.