Bicycle Safety Equipment – A Must Have

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One of the most important reasons to get your bike registered and keep it properly insured, is the risk of accidents caused by bicycle safety equipment that does not go together with a good bike package. Accidents involving motorized cycles are very common on UK roads and although cycle fatalities have declined over the past ten years, there are still too many casualties. If you already own a bike but it doesn’t have adequate protection against road accidents then now is as good a time as any to begin the process of getting what you need.

An Overview

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There are two different kinds of bike protective accessories that you’re going to want to look at. The first one is for your eyes. You’re constantly exposed to a hazard while riding a bicycle, both from the road and in the wind, and good eye protection is imperative if you’re going to remain safe. It’s also essential when you’re descending a hill, as the wind can pick up the momentum of your cycle and throw it off balance. This can be a dangerous position to be in, and even the clearest surface isn’t going to be enough to stop you if you’ve been wearing your protective eye wear.

One way to avoid this problem is to invest in bicycle safety glasses or a bicycle sun visor. They’re not expensive and will greatly diminish the glare that you’re going to have to deal with while you’re riding your bicycle. Another piece of bicycle equipment that goes along with good bicycle safety accessories is a helmet. If you’re taking a long road trip and have to contend with bad weather, you should consider getting a pair of goggles that come down over your face to protect your eyes, especially if you’re riding during dusk or bad light.

Bicycle Safety Accessories

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A bicycle safety equipment accessory that goes with helmets is called a pillion bracket. You can’t have one of these attach to your bike without having some form of support for your lower back, and even then you’re only going to be partially covered by your bike helmet. For this reason you really need to make sure that you have a rear view mirror on your bicycle.

It may seem that you don’t really need to have a bicycle safety equipment detector, but the truth is that you do. A detector will help you see when something’s not quite right with your bicycle, and it will let you know when you’re not being careful. A lot of people forget about this piece of bicycle equipment, but a detector is a good idea for just about every aspect of your bicycle traveling experience.

There are a lot of different kinds of bicycles out there, so it should go without saying that their engines differ from one another. If you’re going on a long trip, you want to make sure that you choose a high-performance bike that will keep up with you. If you only plan on going on short trips that don’t take much consideration of speed or distance, you can get a lower-powered bike to help you go easier on your legs. Whatever kind of bicycle you decide on though, always ensure that it has enough power for you to be able to pedal quickly while maintaining control. This is especially true when you’re going down a hill.

Some bicycles have built in GPS systems. If you find that you’re stuck somewhere and you’re not sure how to get back to your starting point, or if you’re simply in no immediate danger, having a built in GPS system on your bicycle can come in handy. There is nothing worse than being stuck in the middle of nowhere, especially if you have a map and directions nearby. Having a GPS system on your bicycle, can help you find your way and keep you safe.

In The End

Finally, you’ll want to invest in a helmet for the winter. If you ride through any type of snow or ice, there is a chance that your head will be open to the elements. If you’re not prepared for that, your head is likely to be filled with icicles and dirt, which is a very scary thing on top of wearing a helmet. If you’re going to be riding in the winter, find a winter helmet that fits properly and has a removable liner. These can easily be discarded when the temperatures start to rise, giving you piece of mind that your head is covered at all times.

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