Riding a bicycle can be fun and makes you feel better, but it can also be dangerous at the same time. There are some safety cautions that will help you to ride a bicycle as safe as possible. The most basic safety rule before riding a bicycle is to wear all safety gear. There are few types of safety gear that bicycle rider can wear. Here I will look at four common safety equipment that protects those parts of body, which are easier to hurt. Four important bicycle safety equipment are – helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves.
Helmet is the most important safety gear, when riding a bicycle. As head is one of the most important body parts, it needs extra protection from impacts. Helmet will help you to avoid most head injuries. There are few types of helmets. The most common one is regular helmet that shields top of the head. These helmets will help to protect top of the head from injuries, but will now protect riders face. For full head protection riders can wear a full face helmet. Full face helmets are being worn on different extreme racing sports like motocross and downhill. This type of helmet protects not only forehead, but also face from injuries. However, riders must understand that regular helmets or full face helmets does not fully protect rider from all cycling injuries.
Knee pads are also important safety gear when riding a bicycle. Knee pads will help to protect knee from knee bruises and injuries. Knee pads will not only protect rider when falling of a bicycle, but also from smashing pedal to knee. Those riders, who have competed into bicycle competitions will know how painful it can be to smash pedal to leg or knee. Knee pads help to protect knee from this kind of damage. There are few types of knee pads that can be used. The most popular ones are specifically made for cycling. These pads are comfortable and soft, but helps to protect knee at the same time. There are different types of knee pads for different riding styles. Racing knee pads will have more protection than knee pads for casual bicycle riding. Also other sports knee pads can be worn for cycling. For example, basketball knee pads can protect knee from smaller damages and are a lot more comfortable than cycling knee pads. If you do not ride downhill, xc, or do jump and do tricks with your bike, but cruise around the city and want to protect your knees from smaller injuries, basketball knee pads can be useful. Also football leg protection or inline knee pads can help to protect legs from bicycle injuries.
Elbow pads are not so much used for cycling, because rider usually fall on hands, but they can sometimes be useful for cycling in competitions. In competitions riding speed and difficulty is much higher, so rider needs a much protection as possible. Elbow pads can help to protect elbows, when falling off a bicycle. Rider can wear any type of elbow pads, from one being used in team sports like basketball or volleyball, to those specific to more faster and type of sports.
Gloves are one of the most used safety gears for both amateur and professional riders. Gloves are comfortable for riding, and for longer distances they can help to avoid calluses on hands. There are two types of cycling gloves, short and long. Cycling gloves will also help if rider falls off the bicycle, because usually hands take the most impact and it is easily to get bruises or scrape your hands. Cycling gloves will help you to avoid these injuries and you can ride your bicycle with more protection.