Top accessories for bike riders

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For many serious cyclists, it may be ideal to upgrade your bike with a few accessories to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. We’ve listed some of the top accessories that you can simply add to your bike and make the most of your trip.

Saddle

If you’ve had your saddle for a long time, it might be worth investing in a newer and more comfortable one to ensure comfort on longer journeys. Saddles can be easily replaced in no time.

Headlights

Bicycle headlights are an essential accessory for bikers who travel early in the morning, late at night or in foggy weathers. The headlight will make you more visible to car drivers during those darker hours where drivers may be unaware of your presence.

Helmet

A helmet is one of the most important accessories that you must have no matter where you go. A helmet will come useful for your safety for face an accident on the road. This accessory can save your life in dangerous situations.

Kick Stands

The kickstands come useful for when you want your bike to stand upright instead of leaning it against a wall. These are perfect for when you want to park your bike for a quick break.

Water Bottle and Holder

A water bottle holder can be installed right underneath your bicycle for when you are cycling for a long period. Long journeys will make you break a sweat, so it’s important to bring a water bottle for rehydrating between your breaks.

Bike Lock

A bike lock is necessary for when you want to park your bike without it being stolen. Make sure to get yourself a secure bike lock to prevent thieves from breaking them.

Taillights

Tail lights are installed on the back seat of your bike. There are various of tail lights available on the market. Tail lights come in different settings which means you can change the light to flash when in use. The flash setting will make you more visible during dark hours.

How to bike safely on the road

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When you’re looking to start biking on the road, it’s important that you are aware of all the hazards. Cyclists are the most vulnerable to risks and dangers. You are on the road with larger and faster vehicles, so it’s important to be alert at all times. To keep you safe on the road, we recommend the following tips below:

  • Always keep your focused on the road ahead and be alert to any dangers or hazard that can occur anytime. It’s also important to keep an eye on any vehicles who may not be aware of your presence.
  • Follow the traffic lights and signs as you would if you were driving a car. However, when it comes to a yellow light, it’s ideal to stop as your bike may not be able to reach the intersection as fast as a car would.
  • Know how to use hand signals when you’re on the road. When turning right, stretch your arm pointing to the right and do the same for when you are turning left.
  • As mentioned before, large vehicles may not be aware of your presence, so it’s essential that you wear a reflector during daytime and nighttime. You can also add some reflecting accessories on your bike. For instance, you can install reflectors on your pedals and in the back seat of your bike. It’s important to install a light on the front of your bike too.
  • When turning near an intersection, don’t forget to look over your shoulder for any oncoming vehicles. It’s critical that you also use a hand signal and eye contact when turning.
  • Make use of your horns and bell to alert drivers of your presence.
Things You Have To Know When Cycling On Pavements

Things You Have To Know When Cycling On Pavements

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Technically, you should always ride a bicycle on the road and not on the pavement. There are laws to ensure this in many places, but according to the UK Highway Code for cyclists, this is not strictly enforced and there are many occasions when cyclists don’t adhere to it.

Often this is due to main roads being busy and appearing more dangerous than pavements, but this ignores a few factors. You really need to consider all of the following before taking your bike out on pavements.

1) There is no excuse not to wear safety gear

Regardless of whether you’re on the road or the pavement, it’s essential that you always wear a helmet and any other safety equipment you feel comfortable with. This protects you and others.

2) You’re probably making pedestrians feel unsafe

Pedestrians on pavements have no choice about where they walk, so it can often seem unfairly dangerous when they’re forced to contend with bikes trying to pass them at high speed. Many cyclists approach from behind and give no warning that they’re there, which can make accidents highly likely. Expect to encounter some angry pedestrians if you decide to speed along the pavement without warning.

3) Cars are still a danger

If you’re cycling over crossings as if you were a pedestrian, or travelling at speed close to the edge of the road, it’s likely that drivers will not expect you to suddenly appear. This can make accidents more likely than if you were cycling on the road properly.

4) You should use bike lanes where possible

As part of the development of urban and suburban areas, dedicated bicycle lanes are often installed. These can be designated lanes painted on the side of the road, or be protected by an actual kerb which keeps the traffic to one side. Either way, these are always a more appropriate place to cycle and should reduce the number of obstacles you come across as well as protecting walkers.…