Getting Back in the Saddle After a Bicycle AccidentPosted on September 24, 2014
Getting Back in the Saddle
A bicycle crash can be painful, frustrating, and even scary. After an accident, it’s important to ask yourself two questions: Do you still enjoy cycling? Do you want to allow this crash to take away a hobby you love? At Cyclist at Law, we know that getting back onto your bike can be very difficult. Here are a few tips for helping you get started again after a bicycle accident.
Give Yourself Time
First of all, figure out when you’re ready to go back. Some people want to get back on the bike the day after they crash. Other people might take longer to want to ride again. This will depend on both your mental state and the extent of your injuries—the quicker you heal, the quicker you can start cycling again.
Start Out Simple
Sometimes, the biggest barrier is mental, not physical. One way to ease back into riding is to choose a route that is both easy and enjoyable, so that you can get used to the feeling of riding again. This can also help to remind you why you enjoy cycling in the first place.
Don’t set your expectations too high. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, or even just gotten out of shape by not riding, then you probably won’t be able to go as fast or as far as you could before. That’s okay. It will take time for you to get back to where you used to be, but you’re making progress simply by getting back on the bike.
Get a Partner
Go with somebody else. If you have a family member or friend who also enjoys cycling, ride together. They can provide encouragement and help hold you accountable, which both contribute to a better ride. You may also find you have more fun and don’t worry about crashing if you have someone to share the ride with.
Finally, think positive thoughts. Tell yourself that you’re going to enjoy the ride, that you are capable of doing well, and that you’re back to doing something you love.
If it was a particularly bad bicycle accident, contacting a lawyer might help your peace of mind. Call Cyclist at Law at 800-877-6188 for help.