If you’ve decided to start commuting to work by bike it can be a little daunting, you need to make sure your bike is tuned up and ready to go, your route to work is planned and you’ve got all the kit you need to make your commute as stress free as possible.
Whilst it’s not a legal requirement to wear a helmet, commuting can be hazardous, so its advisable to wear a helmet to help protect your head from injuries, should you suffer an accident or fall. There are many different styles, shapes and brands out there to choose from – you can even get smart helmets equipped with Bluetooth features! Weight, ventilation, price and fit are all key factors to consider too when selecting a helmet that’s right for you.
2. Reflective Jacket
Whilst the days might be gradually getting lighter, having a reflective jacket in your wardrobe is an essential piece of clothing for any commuter. Something lightweight, easily packable, waterproof and with good ventilation are key things to look out for.
Winter commuting means it’s likely that you’ll end up cycling in the rain or on wet roads. That’s where the next essential accessory comes into play, mudguards will help prevent a lot of the spray and dirt created by your wheels reaching your clothes. They come in all shapes and sizes, from full length to clip on, depending on how much coverage you want.
It’s important that you try and make your bike as visible as possible, especially during winter commuting, that’s why lights are a legal requirement. So, make sure you have these fitted to the front and back of your bike, as well as making sure they are fully charged or that you carry a backup set or spare batteries.
Unless your workplace provides secure storage for your bicycle, carrying a lock is another essential. Bike locks are rated on a ‘Sold Secure’ scale ranging from Bronze to Gold, so check with your insurance provider regarding the type of lock you need for the value of your bike. Remember if you don’t use the right lock and your bike is stolen, this can affect your ability to make a claim.
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