Cycling is a great way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors, but it can also be dangerous if you're not visible and aware of your surroundings. Whether you're commuting to work or school, or simply enjoying a leisurely ride, it's important to take steps to stay safe and visible on the road.
Tip #1: Wear bright, reflective clothing
Wearing bright, reflective clothing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase your visibility while cycling. Choose clothing in bright colors, such as neon yellow or orange, and look for items that feature reflective strips or panels. This will make you more visible to drivers, especially in low-light conditions. Reflective vests and jackets are also a good option, as they are designed specifically for visibility and safety while cycling.
For instance, take a look at this:
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
- Material: Coated ripstop nylon on front and back, and front of sleeves; tightly knit stretch panels on sides and sleeves
- Windproof: Yes
- Water-resistant: Yes (stretch panels treated for water repellency)
- Collar: High collar to keep drafts out
- Reflective details: Yes, on chest and lower back for low-light visibility
- Weight: 138 grams (4.87 ounces)
- Temperature range: 10°C - 18°C (50°F - 64°F)
- Fit: Performance, close-to-body fit for aero gains on any terrain
Tip #2: Use lights and reflectors
Using lights and reflectors is another important way to stay visible while cycling. A front light, rear light, and reflectors on your pedals and wheels can all help to increase your visibility and make you more visible to drivers. Choose lights that are bright and easy to see, and make sure they are in good working condition before you head out for your ride.
Below are some of our most popular sets of lights:
- Size: 7.6 x 3.4 x 3.1 cm / 3” x 1.3” x 1.2” (Light)
- Weight: 42 g / 1.48 oz (Light)
- Charge time: 2 hours
- Charge: Micro-USB
- Battery: 3.7 V 650 mAh Lithium Ion (integrated)
- Luminous intensity: 110 Lumens (1200 CD)
Tip #3: Follow traffic laws and stay aware of your surroundings
Following traffic laws and staying aware of your surroundings is essential for staying safe while cycling. Always ride with traffic, use hand signals to indicate turns and stops, and stay alert for hazards on the road. Stay focused and look out for cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists.
Tip #4: Invest in high-quality safety gear
Investing in high-quality safety gear can also help to keep you safe and visible while cycling. Helmets are an essential piece of safety gear, and should fit properly and meet safety standards. Look for helmets that are brightly colored or feature reflective elements for added visibility. Other safety gear to consider includes gloves, knee and elbow pads, and cycling-specific eyewear to protect your eyes from debris.
While each rider will need a different helmet dependant on their riding style and level of riding this is one of best selling and affordable helmets:
Title: Giro Radix MIPS Bike Helmet
Sizes: S (51-55cm), M (55-59cm), L (59-63cm), XL (61-65cm)
- Construction: Full-wrap In-Mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
- Sport: Cycling
- Number of vents: 25
- Ventilation type: Wind Tunnel vents with internal channeling
- Gender: Men's
- Fit system: Roc Loc 5.5 MIPS
- Features: Integrated MIPS technology, deep coverage, P.O.V. visor, cool-fit anti-microbial padding
Staying visible and safe while cycling requires a combination of awareness, preparation, and the right gear. By following traffic laws, staying aware of your surroundings, and wearing bright, reflective clothing and safety gear, you can reduce your risk of any accidents while enjoying your ride. Remember to always prioritize safety while cycling, and take steps to ensure you're visible to drivers and others on the road.