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Defensive Cycling: Staying Safe on the Streets

In a city like Dhaka, staying safe on the streets while cycling is a lot tougher than anywhere else. It feels like a warzone of traffic and pedestrians and potholes where every element is designed to trip you, break you or even kill you. Whether you are a pedestrian or a cyclist, you are always in the crosshair of some driver's assistant who has been given the steering wheel because he can differentiate between a cow and a goat.

How do you stay alive then? Staying visible, signalling oncoming traffic, staying on the side lanes all help, but still is not enough. What you need to practice is defensive cycling. And here is how that goes

Complete all the basics of safe cycling, wear a helmet, use tail-lights and head lights, stay highly visible, use a horn, a bell or your voice to the full extent to ensure that others know that you existAssume everyone on the roads are trying to harm you. No, they are not oblivious to you. They know that you exist and is constantly trying to run you o…

Winter Cycling in Dhaka: Things to Watch Out For

Winter is the perfect time to take up cycling in Dhaka. The temperatures don't drop too much and there is always a cool breeze. As a result, sweating goes down and you can pedal a lot more whether you are a casual rider or a serious one. Still there are a few things to watch out for. Early morning temperatures will drop more than 10 degrees from the average temperature of the day. With wind, it can feel like less than 10 degrees. To avoid feeling like a cold popsicle, wear a base layer of clothing under your cycling jersey. Since the weather is not very extreme, a simple synthetic T-shirt will suffice. Synthetic is the keyword as it must not absorb and retain sweat but rather should let it vaporize.Take a camera along, the ray of the sun through morning mists create absolutely astonishing photo moments. A photographer can turn these moments to works of art. Even a non-photographer like me can turn out some decent ones with a mobile phone
Drink lots of water. Winters are seriously d…