When you ride your bicycle you should consider apparel and gear that will not only bring you comfort but also keep you safe.
Consider where you will be riding. What terrain will you be biking through and what is the climate like? Make sure to check the weather before you leave and take the appropriate clothing. Below are some items to consider paying particular attention to in order to make your ride more pleasurable.
When you buy a bicycle helmet.
Make sure that it is it approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and that it is the right size. Everyone’s head it shaped differently so try on different helmets until you find one that is comfortable.
Wear the helmet level on your head and adjust straps and buckles for a proper fit. When you are done adjusting your helmet shake your head to make sure that it does not bounce around. It is one of the most important items that you can purchase and the goal is to protect your head and in turn prevent brain injury.
Some types of bicycle apparel and gear to consider are: Gloves, Socks, Bike shorts, Jersey, Jacket, Shoes,
When purchasing cycling wet weather gear.
Make sure you are aware of the difference between waterproof and water resistant. To be considered water proof it must be made of water proof fabric and the seams must be sealed. Water resistant is made of material that repels water but is not water proof. Just be aware that there is a huge distinction.
“You should always pack up an emergency bike kit.
Purchase a small bag that can hook under your bicycle seat.
This bag you should include: Tire levers, Spare tube, C02 Tire inflater, Swiss Army knife, Water bottle to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is important to many parts of your body, including cells, muscle & joints, brain, kidneys, heart, skin, digestive tract and maintaining your temperature.
Even the smallest loss of fluid can affect your concentration and impair your decision making process. Without enough water your body may become overheated and you may not be able to perspire.
Brave soldier crash paks first aid kit: Disposable gloves, Antibiotic ointment, Sterile dressings, and Adhesive bandages. If you have special needs such as diabetes makes sure you have you glucose monitor with you and some snacks that will help you remain stable.
Follow these simple tips and you too can enjoy cycling for life!