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If you’re commuting on your bike then you need to take cycling safety seriously. That means stocking up on the right gear, doing regular maintenance and knowing the rules of the road. It’s also important to recognize situations where you’re vulnerable, so you know how to position yourself in the lane.
This guide will run you through the basics, from making sure you’re visible in traffic to ensuring your bike fits you properly. If you also need to refresh your cycling gear, read through our round-ups of this year’s best bike lights and best bike helmets . 1. Always wear a helmet and make sure it fits
Most countries, including the US and the UK, don’t legally require you to wear a helmet, but cycling experts strongly recommend you do.
Rebecca Needham, England road safety manager for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents , said: “We strongly recommend that cyclists wear a cycle helmet – as they can offer protection in the event of a collision. Rule 59 of the [ UK ] Highway Code states that ‘you should wear a cycle helmet that conforms to current regulation, is the correct size and securely fastened’. However, it is important to remember that cycle helmets do not prevent crashes from happening.”
A good bike helmet will have an inner cage system, which can be tightened to ensure the helmet fits well. When your helmet is on you should be able to see the very edge of […]