Basic Equipment for the Urban Cyclist

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Basic Equipment for the Urban Cyclist

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Well, this is the tab or guide of the basic equipment for the urban cyclist.

1 Light And Chime

Bikes must have a doorbell, and for circular at night or when there are weather or environmental conditions that significantly reduce visibility, they must have the following devices: front and rear position lamp, the rear retro-reflector, spoke light and wheel light.

Bicycle Spoke Lights

This paragraph is taken from an Ordinance but could always be a good recommendation.Bike it is important to be seen, when the lighting conditions are not favourable turns on your lights.

For the front headlight you can choose led lights of short range that you serve to be seen or, on the other hand, you can assemble a beacon of medium or long-range (more expensive) halogen light to light the way. Choose LEDs for rear light, consume little power and look great. The back can be fixed or flashing. Another good option for energy consumption are the lights of Dynamo, who will light up with movement of the wheel.

LED Rear Light

If you want to warn your passage to some clueless, for example, a car reversing or a pedestrian crosses which has not seen you, rings the doorbell.

2 Helmet And Vest

The helmet in urban areas is not mandatory, is optional. The helmet will protect you head but not the rest of the body so do not you trust and feel complete safety if you take it.

If your travel includes any long-distance road there must carry, by regulations, the helmet and a reflective vest. When you take the helmet set it well with tape drop out not fired and does not protect you. It should be 3 or 4 centimeters in front free.

3 Clothing

You should wear comfortable clothes, but free of eccentricities. Opt for a look of normalcy, you are scrolling not doing sport. Your body generates heat with the pedalling so it is best not to bundle up much. It is preferable to feel a bit cold at the beginning which pass heat and sweat on your route. Pants may not be very comfortable to avoid friction with the dish, although there are reflective tapes collecting bass.

The theme of the clothing is a little personal, there are people who more or less sweat and other more or less frioleras and is for this reason that one must know what is what’s right for you.

In winter it is best to wear for”layers” to go adapting to changes in temperature. With cold environment, it is important to wear gloves that protect us from the air. The extremities are the parts of heat loss and must cover them well.

The heat of the summer are hardly salvageable, opt for light clothing, streets in shadow and appropriate schedules. Try to wear a vest breathable if you arranged and change your destination or, on the other hand, wear light clothes and change your destination.

It is interesting to also carry transparent plastic gloves (from the gas station or supermarket for fruit) if we have to manipulate the string or some item with fat. It is also bringing wet wipes case.

4 Luggage

For transporting luggage, clothes change, documents, laptop, etc., never choose to carry a backpack attached to your back because it will make you sweat. There are attachable elements to the front or rear part of your bike, very versatile carriers to carry everything.

You can find in stores advanced cases perfectly adjustable (and removable) systems, front/rear baskets or pull of wit.For example, with extendable climbing ropes and a few rings you can set your luggage to the saddle.

5 Emergency

During your trip you may be several unexpected you. For example, if you have a flat tire on a wheel you can try – if you have time – repair it on-site. With a kit of patches and glue, you can try to locate the hole in the Chamber. For that it is necessary that des spin bike, remove the box wheel and disassemble the camera of the tire cover. If you arrive to find the hole where it loses air you must sanding the area, apply glue and place the patch by pressing a few minutes. If you don’t have time or prick is more severe a good idea is to locate a bicycle repair shop. In this map you have a map of shops in Madrid.

If you had a slight physical mishap type scrape or fall keeps calm, first thing you should do is to prevent that an accident derived from yours. Move aside, the sidewalk if it would have and are looking for a place to clean your wounds or ask for assistance in some trade or close shop. If you call 112 they will attend you with emergency services.

6 In Case Of Rain

In case of rain, it is important not to lose the calm. Visibility is lower if the rain is copious. Forward to improvise collected somewhere or use a waterproof breathable for body and one leg. There are good options for Leggings or trousers on the market.If they are not breathable but waterproof you sudarás much. A good choice is a poncho, for the freedom of movement that allows. There is rain long enough to cover your legs.

Of course turned on the lights.