September 09, 2021
It is never a bad idea to develop healthy routines and schedules as summer comes to an end. With the chaos of vacations and trips in the rearview mirror, we felt it appropriate to compile a list of back-to-school cycling essentials and tips that will keep you comfortable, safe, and smiling in the saddle.
From toddlers with training wheels en route to preschool to experienced adult riders with a little more time on their hands to ride, fall is a remarkable time to take inventory of your gear and invest in a couple more essentials. Before we get into some riding items and accessories, it's never a bad idea to review safety tips before you hit the road, whether it be with your kids, riding team, or partner.
Given their interests and energy levels, most children love riding bikes. As parents, cycling can be an instrumental tool in helping to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Not only is cycling a prime physical activity, but it is also a way to help children learn to be independent, safe, and responsible. Before you get right into it, ask yourself some of the following questions to make the experience a safe and memorable one for you and your kiddos.
Once discussed and reviewed, It never hurts to go over more intermediate riding tips like motor vehicle safety, hand signaling, and equipment checks. So whether you are sending a kid off to college, a middle schooler off to class down the street, or hitting the roads and trails yourself, the following gear and tips should come in handy this back-to-school season.
A properly fitting helmet is both important for safety and enjoyment purposes. For children, a helmet should fit level on the head and tight enough that it doesn’t move around with the straps pulled snugly under the chin. The older you get, the more preferences and styles become available. With no shortage of choice, from traditional style commuter helmets to aggressive mountain biking helmets, always read reviews and feedback on different models before you head to your local bike shop to purchase.
It’s always a good idea to have a durable bag when transporting school books, groceries, or bike maintenance essentials. For younger children and students, find a stylish and functional messenger or backpack. When it comes to city commuting, messenger bags offer optimal convenience and accessibility. They help protect valuables like a computer while helping you feel comfortable and stylish.
Even if you're riding home from your daily commute under the heat of the sun, it pays to have both rear and front lights for those low-light rainy days. Since bike lights are a must-have accessory, some of our favorite options include the Bontrager Ion Pro Rt, Guee SOL 700 Plus, and the Knog PWR Road.
Depending on your location, needs, and bike, find a lock and key that works for you. Safe and functional bike locks grant you the freedom to go and rest wherever your heart desires. Especially for kids, we recommend a strong lock system and key. No one enjoys looking for a lost key or bringing a saw to school attempting to cut their child's bike free. Keep the key on a flashy keychain, so everyone knows where it is at all times. Nowadays, there are countless high-tech locks to choose from plus an array of traditional and trusted models.
While you may instantly regret giving a small child a device that makes so much noise, it pays to add a bell to your bike no matter the size or style of riding. Whether you’re a city commuter or trail enthusiast, riding spaces are often shared with other people and vehicles. As a result, making your presence known is imperative to your safety and the safety of others. Some of our top picks in this category include the Spurcycle Original Bell and the Knog Oi.
Since the weather won’t always be in your favor, make sure you are ready to handle whatever the elements throw your way. A vital component of staying comfortable and dry is a great raincoat. While adult raincoat options are much more abundant and readily available, there are some equally good options for kids.
While it may be obvious, riding the right bike makes a world of difference. Head to the Thread + Spoke Journal and explore more info like HOW TO BUY A NEW BICYCLE: A BEGINNERS COMPLETE GUIDE or THE BEST MOUNTAIN BIKES OF 2021 SO FAR. For everything else, be sure to follow @threadandspoke on social.
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