OUR TOP TIPS FROM THE WOMEN AT RALEIGH

Riding on your own can be one of the best ways to clear your mind and just enjoy a bit of ‘me time’. It’s just you, your bike, and the open road. Riding solo can be a bit of a worry, especially if riding on new roads or in wet weather. Here are some top tips from our team at Raleigh to help you stay safe while out on your bike.

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Be seen, be heard
When you’re cycling home from work it’s likely that it’ll be getting dark during your journey, so it’s imperative that you’re seen by other road users and pedestrians, so a good set of lights are essential. It’s also ideal to have a bell so that those on the road can hear you as you’re coming past. I always put myself in the driver’s position and think – have I made myself visible enough? When choosing cycling clothing I always go for the items that have fluorescent colours or reflective strips. Natalia Kercel – Marketing Assistant

Layers, layers, layers
Don’t be afraid of too many layers, I was always taught that you can take layers off but you can’t add any that you don’t have. So, as long as you have a bag, when you get too hot you can take off a layer and put it in your backpack. You can go with base layers, jumpers and coats – just remember it’s always best to be prepared for our UK weather! Jayne Bakes – Product Development Manager

Keep it clean
Riding in certain times of the year – especially in the UK - will mean you’re cycling through more muddy puddles which could clog up in the chain and will make your bike grimy. Make sure you keep on top of cleaning your chain and keep your bike as clean as possible after each ride, this will stop you taking too many trips to the repair shop too! Tabitha Morrell – Marketing Manager

Avoid puddles on roads you don’t know This may seem a little silly… but potholes are everywhere. If you don’t know the road you’re on, you don’t know what potholes you’ll be trying to avoid. Water-filled potholes are dangerous, and you don’t want to be caught out on your ride to or from work. Don’t risk the fun of a puddle; you don’t want to fly over the handlebars! Natasha Thornley – Sales Administrator

Let someone know where you’re riding
It’s always a good idea to let someone know that you’re off out for a ride on your own, and where you plan to ride. That way, you can check in with them once you’re back so they know that you’re home safe. My husband and I use the Find My Friend app so he always knows where I am whilst out on my bike - he sometimes makes me a cup of tea for when I’m back! Michelle Jakeway – Marketing Manager

Everything waterproof
Waterproof shoes, waterproof jacket, waterproof panniers… the more waterproof the better. You never know if you’re going to get caught out in the rain, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Good cycling gear will keep you warm and dry on your ride, particularly if you are on your way to work, you don’t want to turn up too soggy and no one wants to spend the day in the office with someone that smells like wet dog! Kat Thomson – Product and Content Specialist

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