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5 Tips to Keep you Safe While Riding Like a Pro

5 Tips to Keep you Safe While Riding Like a Pro

Riding a motorcycle is thrilling, but if you get too excited and caught up in the thrill of riding then it can be dangerous. There is a lot of gear that is important for making sure that you ride safely. But just having the protective gear is not enough. You need to be a careful rider and make sure that your riding behavior is safe and not dangerous. You are responsible for ensuring your safety. You have to be attentive to other people on the road and make sure that you are observing all the safety measures.

Here are some tips that will not just allow you to ride like a professional but will also make sure that you ride safely.

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1. Training never hurts:

Before you decide to buy a bike and hit the track or road it is better to get acquainted with bike riding. Training and practicing are good because it helps in getting rid of any bad riding habits. You can focus on any bad habit that you notice and train to get rid of it. Starting with classes is the best way of learning to ride with safety. Once you are done with your training you should focus on practicing. Practicing will help in getting a hang of your bike and it makes it easier for you to handle the bike. You can also contact a professional to know the little tricks and techniques that will help in polishing the riding skills:

2. Never ignore the pre-ride inspection:

It is essential that before riding your bike you make sure that everything is in order. You need to understand how your bike works so that you can check that all the parts are working properly before you get on it. There are three ways of powering the bikes. The bikes are either belt-driven, chain-driven or shaft-driven. The sports bikes are mostly chain-driven while a majority of cruisers are belt-driven. Checking the chain or the belt is essential for ensuring the safety of the ride. Checking  the functionality of chain is not difficult. All you need to do is to turn the rear wheel and watch the movement of the chain. Make sure that the movement of the chain is fluid and it’s not too tight. Chains can get dirty over time and it can hurdle its movement so it is important to keep it clean.

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3. Choosing the right gear:

The gear is important for providing you security. Wearing the right gear is essential for safety. One of the essential gear that you need is the helmet. The helmet is good for protecting your head from possible injuries. In case you do get in an accident the helmet can decrease the extent of the damage. You can keep your skin safe from any damage by wearing the right clothing. You can wear leather motorcycle jackets, boots covering the ankles, gloves covering your hands etc. You can choose the color according to your taste. You also need protection for your eyes. If you are not wearing helmets then you can opt for goggles or glasses that are shatter-proof.

4. Practice your turns:

While you are practicing you need to work on the turn. You need to know how far you need to lean while turning without falling off the bike. You should learn to lean into the curve but there is a technique that you need to learn if you want to do it perfectly. With practicing, you will learn to look where you are going. Looking straight ahead while taking the turn is not a good idea. If you want to stay in your lane and not swing wide then you need to concentrate on your path.

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5. Being smart is always good:

The safety of the rider depends mostly on the attitude of the rider. Rider needs to learn to be careful and know when they are being careless. The protective gear is not going to be much of help if the rider is careless. It is the riders’ responsibility to decrease the danger. A rider can lower the danger by avoiding going on dark and unfamiliar roads during night, riding an unfamiliar bike and using headphones while riding. You need to make sure that your sensing is sharp while you are on road.

If you want to ride to be less dangerous while still being fun then you have to make these precautions an essential part of your life.

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Featured photo credit: Women Riders Now via womenridersnow.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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