The items and advice below will help to make sure that you are always prepared and equipped for a safe ride.
The Basics: Helmet, lock, and lights.
- Helmets are not required but go a long way in protecting your head in the case that it comes in contact with the pavement or a vehicle.
- Good locks used properly are the single most important deterrent to bicycle theft.
- Front white light and red rear light is required at night just like a car. Consider acquiring a light that is bright enough to be seen during the daytime.
The pre-ride ABC quick check
Air: Check the air level of the tires.
Brakes: Pull the brakes and make sure they work.
Chain: Check the chain for rust and defects.
Also, If you have quick releases check to make sure they are still tight.
Be Prepared: Innertube, mini pump, tire levers, a few dollars, a charged phone, and a bus pass and/or ID.
Just like cars, flat tires happen. Sometimes at the most inconvenient times. When out in rural areas there may be few people around to help you. Carry the necessary tools to fix the flat on the road. If you would like to learn how to fix a flat check out the Campus Bike Center for basic maintenance classes or this Youtube video.
Commuter Options: Back racks, front baskets, saddlebags, fenders and rain jackets.
Many people bicycle every day in inclement weather. Those people know that weather just means a rain-proof jacket and pants. Boots and helmet covers are great for those that want to really stay dry on rainy days.
Many rain clothes are meant to be packed into small spaces like a bag on a bike rack (a saddle bag or pannier).