HELMETS AND GEAR
Check your helmet, clothes and lights before a ride.
Check your helmet is fit for use with the 4 'S's
Check your SHELL, STYROFOAM, and STRAPS for signs of wear or damage. Straps should not be tangled. They should sit in a Y shape under your ears.
If there is damage to the Styrofoam or shell, the helmet should be replaced.
Check your helmet has a standards approved SAFETY STICKER.
Helmets last about 5 years – or one crash – before they need to be replaced.
A helmet only works if it is on properly. Tighten the dial at the back before adjusting the straps.
Use the 2-4-1 method to fit your helmet correctly:
2 fingers between your helmet and eyebrows.
4 fingers in V’s along the straps either side of your ears.
1 (or maybe 2) fingers between the buckle and your chin.
It should be snug – but not tight or uncomfortable. You should be able to wiggle your head gently without your helmet moving.
Clothing, shoes and gear
You don't need special clothing to ride a bike, but we recommend wearing something that will keep you comfortable and safe for your ride.
Check you have no loose clothing or shoelaces.
BRIGHT COLOURS make you stand out during the day.
LIGHTS AND REFLECTIVE GEAR is best at night.
WEAR SHOES that cover your toes. No open-toed shoes.
Carry any gear in a backpack or bike bag. Keep this away from moving parts, i.e. wheels, chain, brakes and pedals.