In our last blog we talked about getting your bike ready for riding this spring. With your bike in tuned-up, it is time to think about what to wear when you are out riding. Wearing the right clothes will help make your ride safer and more enjoyable.
Always wear your helmet, and always wear it correctly.
- Eyes: Make sure your helmet is tilted forward in the front. You should see the bottom rim of your helmet when you look up.
- Ears: The side straps of your helmet should form a ‘V’ under your ears. They should feel a little tight, but still remain comfortable.
- Mouth: Make sure your chin strap is tight by opening your mouth as wide as you can. If your helmet hugs your head, it is tight enough.
If a helmet is not worn correctly, or is too loose, it may not provide proper protection in the event of a crash.
Next, it is important to wear the right clothes and gear when riding.
- Don’t wear anything long that could possibly get stuck in your bike, avoid baggy pants and loose shoe laces.
- Make sure to wear shoes that are completely attached to your foot, covering your whole foot. That means no flip flops.
- Make it easy to be seen. Wear light or bright colored clothes, something reflective.
- Make sure to dress according to the season and the weather. For example, you should wear a coat in winter because it is cold outside.
- Avoid riding at night, but if riding at night always have a light and reflectors on your bike so cars can see you.
Having this gear ready at your first ride will help you have fun and stay safe this year!
This and more information on bike safety can be found at: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/kids/bikesafety.htm