Planning to start cycling this winter? Great! But before you take to the roads, here's the top safety tips you'll need to know before taking up your new hobby
If you've joined our keep the momentum campaign and decided to get on your bike then firstly, hurrah and welcome aboard.
With the success of our Great British heroines Lizzie Armitstead, Laura Trott and Victoria Pendleton there's plenty of reasons to choose cycling for your fitness hobby. They were pretty inspiring. Now it's winter, make sure you don't lose enthusiasm during the shorter days and deteriorating weather. So before you head out on the open road, follow these safe cycling tips.
1. Keep your eyes and ears open. Don’t listen to your iPod on max volume. Olympic gold medalist Jo Rowsell says 'only wear it in one ear; the side away from the traffic.' And certainly steer away from answering your mobile phone.
2. If you haven't already, get a bell fitted to your bike. Check out our cycle bells on test.
3. Ride decisively and don’t be intimidated by motorists behind you. But be respectful and take into account other road users.
4. Always look before you set off, slow down or stop, and always indicate before making a turn.
5. Keep your position on the road; at least 30cm away from the pavement.
6. Make sure you are mindful of pedestrians as well as motorists.
7. Anticipate every eventuality - car doors opening, pedestrians stepping out, emergency vehicles whizzing past and buses pulling in.
1. High-vis clothing is vital - even during the day, as dull conditions and heavy rain can limit a motorist's visibilty, putting you at risk.
2. Also wear reflective clothing and accessories, like a belt or arm and ankle bands, when cycling at night.
3. Ensure you use a backpack that's comfortable so you're not worrying about adjusting it. Camelbaks are great for carrying water and a few essentials but consider using panniers if you are carrying a lot of luggage.
4. ALWAYS wear a cycling helmet - preferably one that meets the British Standard. If you're unsure, ask a member of staff for help when purchasing.
5. If you use your bike at night or when visibility is poor, you must fit a white front light, red rear light, red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors (front and back on each pedal). Find out more about cycle lights here.
Click on the images below for Evans Cycles' top winter cycling buys to ensure you're kitted out correctly.
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