Although cheap and environmentally friendly, cycling can be one of the most dangerous forms of transport, especially in the city. Before hitting the roads, it’s best to be fully prepared, and that means being equipped with gear that’s appropriate both for your terrain and the weather conditions. This article discusses how to kit yourself out properly to stay safe.
The number one most important piece of equipment is…
You guessed it! The most important piece of equipment every cyclist needs is the humble helmet. While perhaps not the most fashionable of items, cycle helmets can and really do save lives. There are plenty of different options out there depending on the size of your head, and the kind of cycling you intend to do.
For racers, ergonomically-shaped helmets can both prevent injury and also improve speed. For those who intend to work up a sweat, helmets with vents will keep your head cool. For BMX-ers or extreme mountain-bikers there are even helmets to cover and protect the entire head, including the face.
Other essential pieces of cycling equipment
If you’ll be cycling at night, or even in twilight, it’s important to have either reflective clothing or stick-on reflective pads. This is especially true if you’ll be cycling in dimly-lit areas or rural country roads. When cycling in winter, gloves are important. It’s easy to underestimate how cold it can get when cycling at speed, and how much that cold can impede the movement of your fingers.
Halfords stock special cycle gloves with grips, but any kind of non-slippery glove will do. Finally, wearing the correct shoes is also vitally important. When riding at racing speeds, racing cycle shoes will prevent your feet from flying off the pedals. When riding in the city, shoes with a proper grip will ensure easy stops and starts.
Unfortunately sometimes injury will happen, no matter how well prepared you are. If you have been injured in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, the experts at Accident Advice Helpline can help you find out if you would be entitled to personal injury compensation.
All claims are made on a no win, no fee basis, and calls to the helpline are completely free. Most claims can be made by telephone, so there is no need to personally attend court. You can even claim if the accident was some time ago, up to a usual maximum time limit of three years.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown