Bicycle Safety Gear

Bicycle Safety Gear
Cycling is one of the best modes of transport. It saves the environment, it's great exercise, and most of all, it's fun. Getting outside and riding in a park or around town can be a great experience, especially if you do it safely. Helmets, horns, lights and mirrors are all designed for cyclists to have a great time while being safe on two wheels.

Helmets

A helmet is the most important piece of safety gear for a cyclist. For maximum protection, the helmet should fit properly, so it is important to try it on and buy the correct size. Most helmets have adjustable chinstraps to keep the helmet fixed to the head. The helmet should sit level on the head and should not move around when the rider shakes or moves her head. In 2009, a quality adult helmet costs between $30 and $150, and children's helmets often cost $15 to $25.

Horns and Bells

A car, pedestrian or other cyclist being unaware of your presence may lead to a collision. A horn or bell can easily resolve this issue. Horns come in many designs and sizes and even come in fun animal shapes to encourage kids to use this important item. As of 2009, a horn is very affordable and costs between $5 and $30.

Lights and Reflectors

Another major safety concern is cycling in dark or in dim lighting. Most bicycles come with at least two reflectors mounted on each wheel and may have additional reflectors on the front and back of the frame. Reflectors work when light shines directly on them, so as a rider, you may want to wear reflective clothing or add reflectors to other places on your bike. A light is a foolproof option. As of 2009, reflectors are only $5 to $10, and most lights cost between $5 and $50 (though you can spend substantially more if you are looking for a high-end model).

Mirrors

While it's important for others to be able to see you, it's just as important that you be aware of your surroundings. Mirrors can help you see behind you and to your sides without having to turn your head from the front. You can get mirrors that attach to your handlebars or your helmet. In 2009 they cost between $10 and $30.

Article Written By Emily Crespin

Emily Crespin manages logistics for a wilderness education program in the Colorado Rockies. She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology and a Master's in communications and public relations. Crespin has been a freelance writer and technical editor since 2008.

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