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March 21, 1977

Errors in Bicycling Technique

JAMA. 1977;237(12):1200-1201. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270390016010

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To the Editor.—  The cover of the November 15, 1976, issue illustrates three common errors in bicycling technique. The first, not looking where one is going, needs no elaboration. The second is riding on the wrong side of the road. Riding a bike against traffic is illegal in most if not all states, and is definitely less safe than riding with traffic. There are a number of reasons for this, eg, the force of impact will be less if the bicycle is traveling in the same direction as the car that hits it. This may not seem very important, but consider that a good young athlete can easily be traveling 20 to 25 mph on a level stretch with a modern bike.The third error, more subtle, consists of not having the saddle high enough. Indeed, it is doubtful that the bike in the picture could have its saddle raised