Essential protective gear
- Wearing a helmet that meets international standards (e.g. EU, Australian, or US standards) helps to protect your head and attenuate impacts in the event of a crash. Firstly, make sure you wear your helmet the right way round, and check that it fits snugly around the entire circumference of your head. The helmet should be approximately one finger width above your eyebrows. Twist the adjuster as necessary, making sure that the helmet is not too tight around your head. Then adjust the Y-shaped straps around your ears so that they sit approximately one finger width below your ear lobes. Finally, fasten the buckle and adjust the chin strap so that it is approximately two finger widths below your chin.
- Always try a helmet on first to make sure that you buy the right size. After use, wipe the helmet with a wet cloth, and then store it in a cool place.
- You should replace your helmet every 3 years, regardless of whether it was subjected to an impact, as prolonged exposure to sunlight and perspiration weakens the helmet’s material and impairs its safety function.
- Finally, check for cracks and other signs of damage before wearing your helmet to ensure that it will protect you in the event of a crash.
- To help to prevent blisters and dry skin. In summer, you can wear mitts to wick away perspiration.
- To prevent loose trousers and shoe laces from getting caught in your chain, use leg bands or consider wearing a pair of tight-fitting cycling shorts.
Cycling UV Sunglasses:
- To reduce the glare of the sun and keep flying debris out of your eyes on windy days so that you can focus on the road ahead.