Millions of us climb on our bikes and get pedalling every day. While cycling is safer than ever before, staying visible and protected while on two wheels should still be your number one priority. So whether you’re a committed commuter or laid-back leisure cyclist, here are 5 cycling safety products you need for life on and off your bike.
Wearing a bike helmet isn’t a legal requirement (yet), but they’re still the number one safety accessory for riders of all ages all of the time. Selecting the right cycling helmet is a matter of size and style. Spend some time finding a helmet that fits snugly and is comfortable for long rides. Ensure you can turn your head freely in all directions. If you need a helping hand, use our cycle helmet fitting guide.
If you want the latest in helmet technology, you can’t get much better than the Lazer Compact DLX MIPS Helmet Black Adult. The Multiple Impact Protection System (MIPS) layer inside the helmet complements the helmet’s existing protective capabilities and provides additional protection against rotational forces in case of a crash, making safe even safer. The addition of a light on the back ensures you can be seen day and night.
2. Reflective jackets
A reflective jacket like the Boardman Men’s Waterproof Jacket will help to make you visible to other road users and protect you from the elements. It’s windproof, waterproof and has stealth reflective material across the top as well as reflective prints along the sides to protect you from side-facing cars, like those coming out of junctions. The jacket is stylish and comfortable enough for everyday wear too.
If you’re looking for an alternative cycling jacket, you can find a superb selection of coats in all colours at Halfords.
3. Bike lights
Cycling lights are a necessity during the evenings and dark mornings, but cyclists are increasingly encouraged to use lights during the daytime too. A massive 80% of cycling accidents happen during the day, according to the Royal Society of the Prevention of accidents (ROSPA), so anything that can increase the chances of being seen by other road users is worth doing, in our opinion.
You’ll need a high-powered front bike light, like the Halfords Advanced 500 Lumen Bike Light. Giving out 500 lumens of power, it’s rechargeable and comes with a pre-programmed day mode. At the rear, the Garmin Varia 2 Radar Tail Light is visible up to a mile away in daylight and offers up to 15 hours of battery life in flashing mode.
4. Repair kit
Don’t let a flat tyre or a busted bolt ruin your plans. If you’re heading out on an adventure, pack some protection. Our Halfords Essentials Puncture Repair Kit contains almost everything you need to fix a flat. You’ll still need to carry a pump with you, but make it as easy as possible by choosing a mini pump with frame fitting.
If you need some emergency mechanical help on the road, unless you’re travelling with an entourage, you’re on your own. Packing down for easy storage, the Bikehut 21 Function Multi-Tool includes a selection of hex keys, screwdriver bits, tyre levers and even a chain hook that will help you to deal with most minor repairs at the roadside.
5. Bike locks
Between July 2018 and June 2019, official Government figures show that a shocking 287,000 cyclists were the victims of bike theft.
Cheap bike locks are easy to break and won’t deter thieves, so do yourself (and your bike) a favour by investing in a quality cycle lock. The Halfords Advanced 23cm D-Lock scores 10 out of 10 on security ratings, which is why Sold Secure recently awarded this lock with its highest certification: Diamond.
Cycle health check
Before heading out on to the road, give your bike the once over. If you’re not confident about bike maintenance or want a professional opinion, at Halfords, we offer all of our customers a Free Bike Health Check. One of our technicians will check the condition of your frame, wheels, brakes and drivetrain. They’ll tell you if anything needs fixing, and either give you a price to fix it or help you find the right parts so you can do it yourself.
Stay safe and enjoy your ride this winter! To discover our full range of cycling safety essentials, visit Halfords.com.