I'm a newbie grandmother who's trying to ride around her quiet but hilly neighborhood just for fun and light exercise. I love reading the forums and have read several posts regarding falls and crashes. I am pre-osteoporosis, was full-blown but it has improved with meds, so I don't need any falls.
So far, I've learned these things:
Don't jam on the front brake and go over the handlebars!
Let the brakes off and on going downhill.
Avoid sand, rocks, potholes, etc.
Keep tires inflated correctly.
Keep the inside pedal up when turning and put weight on the outside pedal.
If the rear derailler breaks, it can cause a fall. (How to prevent this?)
Of course, try not to run into trees, cars, etc.
Don't wear shoes such as flip-flops that could easily come off and get caught in the spokes.
Wear a helmet--which I'm ashamed to admit I don't usually do, but I will if you say so.
Avoid traffic--there is practically none on the residential streets that I ride.
I am very inexperienced and would appreciate any tips on avoiding falls. I don't try for speed and in fact use the brakes a lot on the downhills. My bike (Trek 7100 women's) seems to like to go faster than I want to go.
For example, if a tire blows or goes flat while riding, how to stop safely? How to handle any common equipment failures, road hazard, etc.? And any other things I should know or take care to avoid. Assume I know nothing! Thanks so much-