WIBC promotes safe riding at all times !
Check Your Bike and Gear Before Your Ride
HELMET - Properly fitting: Unsure about helmets? Ask another rider or someone at your local bike shop for help choosing and fitting your helmet. You can also find information about helmets online.
- Driver’s License / ID, plus a card with emergency contact person & medical information.
- Rear Safety Light (Flashing) and Reflectors
- Bright Colored Clothing – Padded Shorts, Pants or Loose Fitting Jeans (bikers NEED to be visible to hikers, equestrians and drivers so something bright or at least with reflectors will keep you safe and on the same trail or road safe. In wet weather you’d do well to purchase cloths that wick and will keep you dry).
- Rain Gear (light weight, easy to roll up and carry)
- Sunglasses/Eye Protection (keep in mind that on muddy trails and trails with trees your eyes need protection.
- Gloves (rough roads and trails can affect your hands – gloves will provide you with warmth and cushioning).
- Proper Shoes (firm soles – but not too bulky make pedaling easier and efficient).
- Comfortable Bike Seat (need we say more. Inquire with other bikers or your local bike shop for selections to choose from).
- Spare Tube & Patch Kit
- Pump (best to have one that clips onto your bike)
- Basic repairs toolkit (be sure the tools you choose to carry fit YOUR bike)
- Rain Gear
- Basic First aid kit
- Lip Balm
- A few dollars
- ENERGY foods/bars
- WATER ! (best to have a holder that holds a bottle of water on your bike – however you carry it – don’t forget it)
- MAP ! or good directions
NOTE: Many riders use clipless pedals – allowing their shoes to lock in place. Inquire with fellow riders or your local bike store for options on these.
Pre-Ride Inspection !
This won’t take long, and it may save you a boat load of trouble once your on the road or trail. Doing this inspection will prevent many unnecessary problems with gears, tires, brakes and mechanics.
KNOW YOUR BIKE BEFORE EVERY RIDE
- TIRES - Check for proper inflation, excessive wear, gouging or other wear on each tire. Turn the bike over – and spin each wheel, look for anything stuck into the tire, and slits, clips or thinning areas.
- BRAKES - Spin your wheels and check for smooth and even contact, rubbing and or grabbing. Pads should not have excess wear. Make sure cables don’t have any spitting or fraying.
- CABLES - Check all cables on bike for any problems.
- WHEEL QUICK RELEASE LEVERS - Make sure they are in good working order and secure.
- OVER ALL CHECK - Inspect your bike for any problems, loose parts or other issues that do not look or feel normal.
- RIDE ON CHECK - Pedal your bike around your neighborhood or property – at a slow speed – and run all of your systems, gear shifting and brakes. If anything feels abnormal or off in any way CHECK IT!
Most gear needed for safety and emergencies fits easily into a bag attached to your bike. Safety bags are sold at bike shops or online.
No one wants to get in a jam on a road or a trail. Following safety guidelines makes the difference between a good ride and walking or limping home.
Visit our >Road/Trail Safety page
- If you can’t speak for yourself, Road ID will speak for you.
- Road ID enables First Responders to immediately contact family members and friends.
- Road ID enables family members to provide additional details about your health or give consent for potentially life saving procedures.
- Road ID enables hospital staff to locate vital medical records.
- Road ID can communicate medical conditions or allergy information to medical staff.
- Road ID can prevent serious delays in treatment by saving crucial time during the “golden hour” of medical treatment.
- It’s far better to have Road ID and not need it than to need Road ID and not have it. It’s not just a piece of gear, it’s peace of mind.
- Accidents happen far more than you think they do. Each year approximately 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without identification.
- Road ID looks good on and makes a statement about your athletic lifestyle – not to mention that studies would probably prove that people that wear Road ID are considerably smarter than those that don’t.
- Road ID can save your Life. Period.