This is a trade facing website. Visit the ACTís consumer site thecyclingexperts.co.uk for information and advice on cycling and find your local independent cycle retailer.
The Association of Cycle Traders
This is a trade facing website.
Visit the ACTís consumer site at thecyclingexperts.co.uk.

Search News

Results: 1-10 of 1915


1 Jun 2020

To help independent retailers we have teamed up with The Behaviours Agency to create a selection of Covid-19 retail posters for your shop!

28 May 2020

After 2 months of inactivity within the Cytech workshop training facilities, training providers Activate Cycle Academy, PJCS and South Africa's Torq Zone Academy are re-opening in June following...

28 May 2020

Since kicking off it's charity appeal bronze subscription on the 28th of April, the ACT has since raised hundreds to support the National Emergencies Trust!

27 May 2020

New findings from the Association of Convenience Stores have revealed the challenges faced by retailers and colleagues since the lockdown, and the changes that they have made in store to...

27 May 2020

The Outdoors Industries Association have recently begun the process of collaboration with the diverse sector to talk to Government about a White Paper to promote Outdoor Recreation at the...

26 May 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in yesterday's conference that non-essential retailers will be able to reopen stores in England from June 15 as long as social distancing measures are...

21 May 2020

The ACT's new guide for IBDs getting back up and running safely after business closure

21 May 2020

Leading cycling brands, retailers and organisations are launching a new joint campaign to show the UK public that #BikeIsBest and inspire a new demographic to take up cycling

18 May 2020

Selaine Saxby (MP for North Devon) has been appointed co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) alongsideRuth Cadbury.

14 May 2020

Open shops and small businesses are urged to add themselves to the new ‘We are open' interactive map

Back to news menu

The definitive guide to safer cycling series part 3

Posted on in Cycles News , Outdoor News

The definitive guide to safer cycling is a four part series that offers crucial information on important cycling safety statistics as well as helpful tips and advice on how to stay safe whilst cycling at night, during the winter and in any other less-than-ideal situation written by Michael Morris.

Part 3 offers information and advice on cycling safety clothing and equipment.

Prudential RideLondon 

People cycle for a multitude of reasons; whether that is for travelling to work or school, nipping to the shops or even for leisure and fitness.

No matter the reason for cycling it is always imperative to follow a number of safety procedures to ensure that you're not the next casualty.

Always wear an appropriate helmet

A cycling helmet is one of the most important safety features you can invest in and will help to protect your head in the event of a fall or collision.

A couple of key tips when buying a helmet are:

  • The helmet should fit properly on your heard, ideally sitting squarely above your eyebrows and not tilted in any way
  • The straps should be well fastened, you can test this by making sure only two fingers can fit between strap and chin

In terms of safety, it is worth replacing your cycle helmet every five years and ill-advised to buy a second hand or damaged helmet.

Setting your bike up

With poor light, it's important to ensure your bike is fitted with a light that you can switch on. Having reflectors fitted to the bike is also a great idea as these will light up by oncoming vehicle's headlights.

As guidance:

  • A white light should be fitted to the front
  • A red light should be fitted to the back
  • A red reflector should also be fitted to the rear

Wear correct clothing for cycling

When cycling it's ideal to wear reflective clothing that can easily be seen no matter the time of day.

Your clothing should also be cycle friendly - so they're not going to get caught up in the chain or wheels and risk an accident.

Read the full guide to Cycling Safety Clothing and Equipment in the UK.

Back to news menu

Add a comment

The ACT will not share your email address with anyone and it will not be published on the website.