Why wear a helmet?
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Case control studies have found helmets provide up to an 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injuries.

That’s why it’s not only smart to wear a helmet, it’s compulsory. It’s also just as important to make sure it’s the right helmet.

A bike helmet should:

  • Fit firmly on the head, with the chin strap securely fastened.
  • Not move when you push it back and forward on your head (if it does, it won‘t protect the front or back of your head if you fall).
  • You should also try to wear brightly coloured clothes (or reflective at night) so other people can see you clearly.

Bike equipment
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You can’t ride safely without the right equipment. Check your bike against our equipment diagram below.

  • A red rear reflector.
  • A working bell.
  • A white front reflector.
  • A working rear brake. If it has twin brakes, both should work.
  • Two yellow pedal reflectors on each pedal.
  • Two yellow  reflectors on each wheel.
Bike safety diagram
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Bike safety is simple:

  • Ride responsibly.
  • Know the road rules.
  • Know the footpath rules.
  • Get the right size bike.
  • Check your equipment.
  • Wear the right gear.

For more information on bike safety and how to brush up on your bike skills, visit the westcycle website.