Road cycling is a fun way to stay active and fit. There are a lot of benefits to bike riding, including being outdoors, improving cardiovascular health, getting some much-needed fresh air or simply as a practical, environmentally friendly and healthy mode of transportation. However, it’s very appropriate to wear the appropriate attire for safety purposes while bike riding.
Expert Insight - One of the basic, most important things to remember while bike riding is to wear brightly-colored clothing. This is to ensure that others on the road can see you easily. If you are visible, the chances of someone running into you are a lot lower than they would be if you were wearing a muted color such as black, brown or beige. Colors like orange, red and yellow are perfect for making sure you're visible on the road.
Warning - One of the most dangerous things you could do while bike riding is wear something that could get caught up with your bicycle chain. This could cause you to lose control of your bicycle. Examples of things that could get intertwined with your chain are shoelaces, backpack straps or loose pant legs, or any other free flowing item.
Theories/Speculation - It's a good idea to make sure you are wearing proper footwear while bike riding. Sneakers are the only right thing to wear while bike riding. You should definitely avoid flip flops, sandals, high heeled shoes, cleats and platform shoes while you bicycle. These shoes will not assist you in gripping the pedal. Also, it's a cardinal rule to never go bike riding barefoot, because that too will prevent you from properly gripping the pedals.
Prevention/Solution - Anyone who goes bike riding should make sure that they never leave home without a helmet. Head injuries can cause brain damage and can even be fatal. Helmets will protect your brain and head in the scenario that you fall down. When you purchase a helmet, make sure it has a sticker on it that says that it meets the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Make sure your helmet fits you perfectly (not too small or not too big) and that you always fasten your straps.
Potential - If you are going to be bike riding at nighttime, dusk or dawn, you should always make sure that you are wearing reflective clothing. It's easy to find high quality reflective clothing at bicycle shops. Try to look for a yellow or orange colored reflective vest. They usually go for between $10 and $15.