Equipment for Safe Cycling

The decision to change the car by bike can frighten many people, especially due to the chaotic traffic that we see in the big cities of Brazil. But if you do so, use safety equipment and have an attitude of “defensive driving”, will reduce a lot the chance of an accident or unexpected while riding.

Following are some tips for you pedal the city safer. And remember: there is no better security equipment that the good sense!

According to the national traffic council, the following safety equipment are required on all bikes:

-Rear view mirror: stuck on the left side of the handlebars;

-Buzzer: the buzzer type, the one that produces the sound “trim-trim”;

-Reflective: an adhesive such as those used in the back of trucks that do not have their own light, but light with the lighthouse of the cars, in white or yellow colors (front), (back) and yellow (on the sides and pedals).

Based on the experience of riding, we also recommend:

-Helmet: while not a mandatory item in the legislation, use it all the time. I’ve seen many “silly pratfalls” result in serious injury in cyclists who were without protection. Prefer always a helmet  with multiple adjustments, to be attached to the head and without days off. Use helmet light for cycling if you decide to take a ride at night.

-Sleeve: when we fall, no matter how small the tumble, the hands are instinctively our first defense, being that most of the time we lean on them to defend ourselves. So the glove is also a very important item of protection. Browse to choose the models with gel in the Palm (to avoid adormecimentos) and made in leather;

-Goggles: must be used to avoid damage to your eyes. Whenever we cycled, are exposed to various agents of aggression, which may be from small debris of asphalt, raised by passing cars, even small leaves, twigs and dust, very common along the path. Prefer models with interchangeable lenses, allowing the exchange between transparent lenses (for cloudy days or night), dark (for sunny days) or amber (for cloudy days or night).

-Headlights: it is recommended to use a white lighthouse in front, for lighting and signaling devices (if you walk at night, the story changes a lot), and a red with optional “flasher” ago. The variation of this accessory on the market is pretty big and more on it in the next few posts.

In addition to the basic safety equipment mentioned above, some routines and attitudes towards bike can avoid a crash or some other type of accident while riding.

Therefore, always remember to:

-Take your bike to a mechanic review regularly. Depending on the use, you can review it every six months.If the use is more intensive, this range can be even lower. This is so important that it can be considered an “item”. The last thing that can happen is a mechanical failure, such as the breakup of a cable when you need to brake or accelerate sharply to avoid an accident.

-Do not use headphones or other sound equipment that can divert your attention or impede the hearing of any signaling that occurs when your around, like the Horn of a car or the scream of a pedestrian.

-Always wear light clothes and reflective if possible. The more we can draw attention to our presence, the lower the chances of an accident. Believe me: many drivers in close by we don’t see!

With the basic care mentioned above, your pace amid the cars of your city will be much safer. Always remember to see and be seen by drivers and the chance of accidents while riding will be much smaller.