Over the past several years, the Peloton company has sold millions of stationary bikes in the U.S. and Canada alone. While many Peloton riders are also outdoor cyclists, it’s safe to say that millions of the company’s customers don’t ride outdoors consistently or haven’t since childhood.
However, because Peloton has turned so many people onto the benefits of cycling, many Peloton riders who were not previously outdoor cycling enthusiasts are now purchasing bikes for outdoor use. This is great, as cycling outdoors is a way to contribute to low-carbon, low-cost transportation and get exercise at the same time.
However, there are certainly things that new outdoor cyclists need to know to stay safe. Without a primer in outdoor cycling safety basics, Peloton enthusiasts may find themselves suffering harm as a result of preventable crashes once they hit the (real) open road.
If you own a Peloton, you know that you can choose from thousands of rides to suit your mood. What doesn’t change is the fundamental experience of being able to focus on your ride of choice without distraction. There are no cars whizzing past you, dogs darting out into the road, potholes, distracted drivers or inclement weather to impact your focus. On the open road, you need to be prepared for anything and to ride defensively accordingly at all times.
Additionally, you need to outfit yourself in safety gear when riding on the street. There’s no need to don a helmet or reflective gear when riding in your basement. When riding on the street, a failure to put your safety above your comfort could cost you your life.
Transitioning from a Peloton bike to a road bike can be a great adventure. However, the risks of the open road need to be treated with respect, or tragedy can unfold as a result all too easily. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a collision caused by a negligent or reckless driver, it’s crucial to understand your options for seeking justice and compensation.