Cycling is a healthy activity and a great pastime for anyone who would like to have fun while keeping fit. It stretches out muscles of the legs and keeps the cyclist feeling rejuvenated at all times. Cycling is also a sport and just like any other kind of sport you require some safety equipment to go with it. Many people take it for granted that cycling is an easy leisure activity and they there before ride around without their safety or maintenance cycling equipment. This is not a good idea as many injuries result from such mentality.
There is equipment that is simply just mandatory for you to have on your bicycle whatever the case may be. These are referred to as the compulsory equipment. The state laws actually require you to have them if you are a cyclist and if you ride out without them you might end up in a lot of trouble. The first of these is the reflector. Your bike reflector needs to be red or yellow depending on what you prefer but it must be visible from at least 100m off. This increases your visibility to other road users especially at night. Secondly you must have fully functional brakes both at the front wheel and at the back. Flashing lights, headlights and reflector pedals are night cycling equipment that you absolutely have to have on your bike.
The other type of equipment is the type that you should have but not having them at any one moment will not get you in trouble with the law. They are optional equipment. Cycling can be a very dirty experience especially when it is raining. You may need mudguards to protect you from soiling the clothes you have on. Long mudguards do the best job at keeping you tidy. Carriers are important when you need to carry something but do not want to saddle it on your back. A bicycle pump is absolutely essential in case you get a flat on one of the tires. You may also require a bottle holder so that you can carry around juice or an energy drink to quench your thirst every now and then.
Cycling equipment is sometimes considered to include even the clothing and gear that one should put on when riding out. Items like reflective vests come in handy in case the bike reflector is not fully functional or if it is damaged. A helmet can protect you very effectively when you have an accident and fall headfast into the ground. Knee pads can also keep your knees from bruising in case you fall.
Source by Claire L Andrews