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Bicycle dangers to be aware of this fall

As an avid bicyclist, there is no such thing as an off-season when it comes to you and your bike, even in Colorado's harsh winters. No matter how experienced you are biking in all types of weather, it never hurts to brush up on each season's hazards.

During the autumn months, inclement weather conditions will often affect your riding experience, particularly when it comes to road surfaces. You will probably encounter frost on the pavement if your favorite riding time is early in the morning. Rain, wind and fog can also contribute to slippery roads and reduced visibility.

It is not just the weather you need to watch out for this fall. There will be an influx of children walking or riding their bikes to school, as well as numerous school buses on the roads. Fallen leaves can get muddy and slick. Deer can also be a concern, as they tend to become more active this time of year and may leap out into your path unexpectedly.

How can you reduce your chances of a serious bike crash this fall? The following tips might help:

  • Be aware that road conditions may fluctuate this time of year. You might coast down a clear, sunny street, only to turn the corner and find yourself skidding on black ice or muddy puddles.
  • Dress for adverse weather. The last thing you want is to be a few miles out on your bike and start shivering because you are only wearing a light jacket and have no gloves.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. The changing road conditions may also catch car and truck drivers off guard. Many of them also do not expect to see someone out on a bike at this time of year.

As you know, when you are vigilant and prepared for any situation, you raise your odds of making it back safely after your bike ride.

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