Cycling Safety Equipment


Whether you like to ride your bike every day or you do it only when you have some time on your hands, the fact is that safety equipment can go a long way when it comes to preventing various types of injuries. This type of gear is both recommended for children and adults as you never know when something unexpected might happen and might result in you getting injured.

The most common kinds of protective equipment used for cycling range from helmets and gloves to mountain bike elbow pads. But that’s not the only type of apparel you are going to have to wear.

In this article, we will highlight some accessories that can both take your biking to a whole new level and can make you feel assured that nothing wrong will happen. We recommend these items for adults, but also for parents who want to know that the safety of their children is always on par.


While a variety of contact sports call for this type of protective gear, it doesn’t show up all that often in the attire of a cyclist. If you take a hit in your jaw, you should know that the impact will be transmitted to your brain, and some of the effects of this mishap can most often be seen in boxers and MMA professionals.

A jaw-joint protector or a quality mouthguard can make sure that your teeth are kept in place and that the amount of pressure of an impact isn’t felt too severely. Some of these protectors can cost a pretty penny, but many of the budget-friendly models are priced under twenty dollars.


You never thought of bike mirrors as parts of your safety equipment, right? The fact of the matter is that they can make a whole lot of a difference in keeping you safe and sound. With their assistance, you will be able to see just when a vehicle is approaching you and when you have to steer left or right to get out of its way.

Some bike mirrors can be mounted with ease, while others will require you to use your imagination and resort to all sorts of solutions like glues, scotch tapes, and other types of adhesives.

Active lights

If you want to ride your bike after dark, active lights are crucial when it comes to keeping you in the same shape you were when you got out of the house. If you can, buy the biggest headlights you can afford and don’t forget about that which needs to go on your bike’s handlebar and rear.

Apparel with reflective material

If you always wear a reflective vest when you go out cycling, your chances of being hurt by a driver are minimal, if not nonexistent. On top of wearing a vest, you can also add reflective tape to your helmet and even your ride.

Why should you use both lights and reflective materials? Well, those lights might just as well break down when you need them the most, and by this, we are mostly referring to the one located at the rear, in which case you won’t be notified of its absence.

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