If you are cycling then you really should consider a bicycle safety kit to ensure that you have options available should you experience an problem while out on the road.
As the season turns warmer, more people are spending more time outdoors and cycling is becoming more popular in most areas.
Bikes are more affordable, electric bikes offer people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get out and about, and more employers are offering incentives for people to cycle to work.
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.
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Here's What to Include in Your Kit
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 and lights
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.
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.
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.