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Safety Tips

Ride right

  • When you come to the Dales remember to check those brakes, make sure you have some sensible gears, and don’t forget that it is exposed out on the tops. You should be self-sufficient – carry food, repair kit, map and waterproofs;
  • A mobile phone may not always get you out of trouble as reception is patchy;
  • Consider wearing a helmet and use lights if visibility is poor;
  • You should match your speed to the surface and your skills and cycle within your capabilities – this applies particularly on the descents. The Dales includes some hazards you don’t always come across such as cattle grids, narrow lanes with drystone walls and free-roaming sheep;
  • Approaching horse riders or walkers from behind call out hello and pass wide and slow;
  • Please ensure you do not drop litter especially gel and energy bar wrappers as they are hazardous for livestock and it gives cyclists a poor reputation;
  • Never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends.

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