In reality, you can get your bicycle out and go for a bike ride without wearing any kind of special cycling clothing. However if you want to be as safe and comfortable as possible it helps to wear proper clothing designed for the purpose.
For starters you should think about wearing high-visibility clothing, because this is best seen by other road users in all weathers, even when it is dark or overcast. The most basic thing you can do is to wear a brightly-coloured jacket, but if you ride a lot it’s worth investing in a proper cycling jacket. This will be bright and easy to see but it will also be designed to cover your arms without riding up when they’re stretched out. It should also be waterproof and yet breathable, so you don’t sweat inside it because you can’t get any air in.
If you want to wear a backpack while cycling you should think about getting one that is also highly visible. Bright colours always work well for all items of cycling clothing. Comfort and safety – these are the two elements you must try to meet whenever you go out and about.
How can you reduce the odds of having a cycling accident?
Wearing proper cycling clothing that is highly visible both in the daytime and at night will help to reduce the odds of being involved in an accident. Injuries sustained in a collision as a cyclist can be severe, since you have very little protection, especially if hit by a car or another vehicle. You should also make sure you have proper static lights and that your bike is in good condition. Don’t be tempted to weave in and out of traffic either – not every road user will be able to see you.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now if you think a cycling accident may lead to compensation
You have three years from the date of your accident in which to make a compensation claim if you believe this is a possibility. Accident Advice Helpline has been here for years helping many individuals launch claims against other parties who were responsible for accidents and other incidents that caused them harm. Call our free enquiry line today for more details and be sure to speak with a professional injury compensation lawyer to find out more. This could be a very important phone call to make, so call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown