Safety and maintenance
Equipment and clothing
You don’t need fancy lycra to ride your bike, most people wear their everyday clothing for their commute. Just watch for loose clothing that can get caught (like trousers at the ankle; using a clip can secure this). Our Cycling Team recommend these extra items to keep you safe:
- White front and red rear lights
- A helmet that fits well and is worn correctly
- Hi vis clothing e.g. belt and jacket
- Slap band or clip around right trouser to avoid getting caught in chain and rings
If you’d like to find out more, British Cycling has some great tips on kitting up for your ride.
A well maintained bike is a safe one. If your bike needs a bit of TLC, you can get a free safety check by a qualified mechanic at one of our Love your bike sessions.
Don’t let a puncture or chain issue slow your ride down - learn how to maintain your own bike and join us at one of the FREE cycle maintenance courses. Sessions run weekly across the region covering Birmingham, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
To find out more and to register a spot, visit our Cycle Training page
Before heading out
- Keep your own record of your frame serial number (usually found on the frame by the bottom bracket, and register your bicycle details at bikeregister.com
- Get insurance - check if your insurance currently covers your bike when away from the home. If they don’t, there are many different companies offering bike specific insurance.
- Take some photographs of your bike and keep them safe, these can be used to support any insurance claims
- Avoid posting images of your bike at start/end points on social media or social fitness apps – some thieves are savvy and watch for posts!
Locking up your bike
- Whenever possible, use secure cycle storage. At rail stations we provide Cycle Hubs, bike lockers and cycle hoops. Find out more about bikes on public transport
- If you regularly need to leave your bike for long periods or have to use publically visible cycle storage, consider a less expensive bike which is still roadworthy
- Avoid leaving your bike outside overnight
- Don't leave your bike chained to pipes, railings or road signs because thieves can remove or cut right through them!
- Use two good quality locks. Hardened Steel D Locks are recommended as a minimum standard. It’s worth spending proportionally more on a lock for a more expensive bike
- Lock the frame and both wheels high up on the cycle stand to prevent the locks from being brought down to the ground (see photo
- Make the lock and bike hard to move around the bike stand when locked
- Remove parts and accessories that can't be secured, especially lights, pumps and quick-release saddles or wheels
You can buy a gold standard D lock for just £10 from our travel centres at Birmingham New Street Station, Wolverhampton Bus Station or at any of our Love your bike sessions around the region. To get the discounted lock just show a valid public transport ticket.