Heading out on the road or hitting the trails for a bike ride is a great way to keep healthy, but it’s important to stay safe and be self-sufficient.
From fixing punctures to keeping properly hydrated, there are lots of things you will need to prepare for and carry with you. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to stay safe while cycling.
We love how many calories we can burn by cycling, but without hydration, we can easily become dangerously dehydrated. Always carry a full water bottle with you for short rides, and consider a second if you’re heading out for a longer journey. Drink before you’re thirsty and take regular swigs and slurps.
They may be called water bottles, but modern cyclists can choose from a huge variety of energy drinks that are engineered for performance. Slip a banana or fruit bar in your back pocket for a natural lift, or if you need it, pack an energy gel for improved performance too.
Whether you’re cruising in the country or enjoying traffic-free urban rides, a bike helmet is still an essential accessory. Modern cycle helmets are lightweight and ergonomic, with many light enough that you won’t notice it’s there.
While cycle helmets aren’t a legal requirement yet, we’d strongly advise that you wear one.
Sadly, there will always be thieves on the lookout for a vulnerable bike, so keep yours protected!
If you’re looking for a D-lock, the Halfords 23cm D-lock is a dependable choice. However, it may get heavy on a long ride, so you could think about a Hiplok Original, which is designed to be worn around the waist.
If you prefer a cable lock, the 20mm thick Halfords Advanced Chunky Cable Lock comes with a double-bolt locking mechanism that helps to combat against picking attacks, making it a solid choice. Even better, use two locks to ensure that your bike is safe and secure, making sure you cable-lock your wheels to the frame as well as to a sturdy bike rack.
All cyclists should be as self-sufficient as possible.
Naturally, you’ll need to carry a pump, set of tyre levers and puncture repair kit or spare tube. We also recommend packing a multi-tool to tackle roadside emergencies. The more mechanically minded might want to chuck a spoke key in the back pocket and a couple of spare chain links if you’re being extra-prepared.
The gear you’re carrying is going to weigh you down a little bit, but it’s for your safety. If you need to pack extra, consider investing in a bike backpack. It may increase your wind resistance, but safety comes first!
Bike lights are a legal requirement and an essential accessory day or night in Europe. In the UK, many riders are waking up to the importance of always using lights, with the added visibility this gives them. If you’re shopping for a new set, our Bike Lights Buyers Guide is packed full of information that will help you select the right, bright lights for your ride.
We also recommend investing in specialist cycling clothing, with a hi-visibility cycling jacket such as the Ridge Unisex Waterproof Jacket top of the priority list. Cycling jackets come with reflective strips and patches that will help other road users spot you more quickly, enabling them to safely slow down and pass you. If you’re looking to increase your visibility, a Halfords Essentials Hi-Visibility Vest will also help keep you safe and seen.
Follow these tips and make sure you stay safe while cycling on roads. For many more safety accessories, head over to Halfords.com.
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