As the season turns warmer, people are spending more time outdoors. Activities like walking, jogging, skating, kayaking, golfing, and fishing are common outdoor pastimes enjoyed by men and women of all ages and ethnicities. One of the most popular outdoor activities for people of all ages is bicycling.
As one of the oldest amusements, bike riding has taken on many new forms, and now includes a wide range of bicycles, both manual and motorized. Regardless of the type of bike you prefer to ride, be sure you are staying safe at all times. Bikers are especially vulnerable on the roads, and often times, become victims of personal injuries. This is why it is important to know and practice bicycle safety, and teach it to your loved ones.
One way to ensure you are protected on your bike is to always carry a safety kit. Bicycle safety kits can also come in many forms. You can assemble your own by choosing the general safety items and then adding in any additional items you think you might need. You can also purchase pre-assembled kits at your local bicycle store or sports shop. Continue reading to learn how to get your bicycle safety kit started.
Here’s What to Include in Your Kit:
Helmet – Wearing a helmet is biking safety 101, regardless of your age. It is the first piece of safety gear to consider, and in many states, it is the law to wear one. Be sure to choose a quality helmet that is the proper size and fit.
Reflectors – Having reflectors is not only important for nighttime biking, it is also a good idea to have reflectors on hazy, foggy, or cloudy days. Reflectors can be worn as sashes and vests, or they can be attached to your bike on the front and back. They can be solar-powered or battery-powered, and they come in all different shapes, sizes, watts, and fits.
Tools – There are various tools you can add to your kit to ensure safer, easier biking in the case of an incident. The collection of bicycle tools you choose to add to your kit will largely depend on your level of biking ability, and the type of biking you’ll be doing. Standard tools include a tire puncture repair kit, tire pump, and a pocket-sized tool kit, while more advanced tools may include a spoke wrench, screwdriver, and chain tools.
Water – Biking exerts energy and burns calories, so it is important to stay hydrated. Always carry a bottle or thermos of water with you when you ride.
If you are injured while riding your bike as a result of another person’s negligence, it is important to contact a licensed personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights to recover compensation for your damages and losses. Be sure to act fast before the statutes of limitations runs out.