I have ridden many miles in challenging conditions in the United States and foreign countries. This article provides some of the lessons I’ve learned. I’ll start with the most important rule I’ve learned and one that I use every time I ride. It was given to me by a man in India who spoke very little English. When I stopped in a small village after fighting through chaotic city traffic all day, I mentioned that there were no rules of the road in India. He held up a single finger, “One rule. Biggest vehicle wins.” Bicycle safety became a whole lot simpler for me that day.