Having the right equipment and clothing for your bike is an important part of staying safe.
Get the right bike for you
- Folding - saves on storage space and can be taken on public transport
- Road - light and fast but thin tyres can be susceptible to punctures
- Mountain - robust but heavy. Can also be slow on the road
- Hybrid - lighter than a mountain bike but more sturdy than a road bike. Good option around town
- Dutch - fashionable and traditional bikes with a more laid-back position. Practical around town
- Single speed - bikes with one gear requiring less maintenance and higher durability. More difficult to cycle
New bikes range from under £100 to over £1,000. Spend as
much as you can afford, but ideally not less than £200 to ensure safety
and minimum maintenance.
Buying second hand
Second-hand cycles are a good option but make sure it is the correct
size for you and has been serviced to ensure it is mechanically sound. Be wary of any deal that appears too good to be true - it
could be stolen. See also Renting a bike.
Look for a good quality, durable frame that fits your child properly. Options for younger children include the following:
- Front or rear mounted seats
- Dutch-style cargo bikes
- Tag-along bikes
- Tow bars for converting to trailer style
For maximum safety and comfort, get the right size bike for your height. Ensure the saddle is the right height too. Ask a specialist bike shop for advice.
No special clothing is required for cycling. However, the following can make cycling more comfortable:
Worn underneath normal clothing, or alone, lightly padded shorts can increase comfort, especially on longer distances
- Reflective strips
Wearing reflective clothing or strips will help you to be seen - especially at night or in poor weather conditions
Fingerless gloves can be worn in the summertime to reduce handlebar friction. Choose wind-resistant gloves in cold weather
wearing a helmet and, if worn, choose one that fits properly. Tighten
the straps so that the helmet doesn't move or slip when on