Protecting Yourself From The Elements When Cycling

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Cycling is a fun and high energy sport enjoyed by many people the world over. However, like with all other sports, it’s important that you consider staying safe when you’re out cycling. Many things can have an impact on your safety during a cycle ride, from cycle clothing to the weather. Read on to learn about how to protect yourself from the elements when cycling.

Regular maintenance checks are essential to ensure that your bike is always in tip-top condition before any ride, whether you’re a novice or an advanced cyclist. It doesn’t matter if you only plan to cycle a short distance, if you encounter a problem with your bike along the way, it can impede on your ride and have an impact on your performance, not to mention it may also put your safety at risk. For instance, if your brakes are faulty and you neglect to check them before leaving home, you may only get as far as cycling down the hill you live on before realising that the oncoming traffic isn’t slowing down and you’re unable to pull your bike to a stop.

Weather can also be a safety issue when it comes to cycling. Cycle shelters are useful storage places for your bike when it isn’t in use. These are especially handy in cold spell seasons like winter or early spring as they help to protect your bike from potentially damaging cold frosts and prevent the bike parts from going rusty. What’s more, you can use a cycle shelter as a kind of mini garage where you can work on your bike whatever the weather outside.

As well as ensuring your bike is in excellent and suitable riding condition, you need to think about protecting yourself too. That’s why it’s essential that you wear the correct cycle clothing each time you go for a ride, regardless of how far you’re planning to go. If you’re a UK resident, you’ll know how unpredictable the weather can be, and whilst the sun may be shining as you set off, it may well turn to rain, thunderstorm or even snow before you return home from your cycle ride.

Cycling glasses come in handy to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun. You wouldn’t go on holiday without taking a pair of sunglasses and as such, you shouldn’t go cycling on a bright day without cycle glasses either. If you’re cycling during winter, the sun tends to be very low in the sky and may hit eye level, severely impacting your ability to see what’s around you and spot potential oncoming hazards.

It goes without saying that a helmet is essential protective head gear and may save you from sustaining serious or even fatal injuries to the head should you fall off your bike. If you’re cycling during cold spells, you may wish to consider wearing thermal base layers to add an extra insulating layer and prevent you from becoming too cold whilst out on your cycle ride.

Cycle overshoes can help to prevent your feet and shoes from becoming water logged if you’re cycling in the rain. This will aid in stopping the onset of nasty coughs or colds developing as your feet will stay toasty warm and dry, despite the inclement weather.

As you can see, there are numerous ways that you can keep you and your bicycle safe and protected from the elements when you’re cycling. Try it today and see what a difference it makes to your cycling performance and the condition of your bike.

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Jane Foulds has 25 articles online

This piece contributed by Jane Foulds a keen cyclist and blogger.

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This article was published on 2013/08/27