This simple safety check for bike path riders helps you to be prepared in a bike path/fitness riding environment. You can then relax and enjoy, knowing that you’re well prepared.
CHECK YOUR BIKE, HELMET & CLOTHING
Put your helmet on and give your bike a small test ride before you head off.
Be as comfortable as you can be on the bike by making good clothing choices – stretch fabrics & fabrics that wick away moisture can really help with your experience. See What to Wear on a Bike and Womens Riding Clothing – Fabric Choice.
CHECK YOU ARE VISIBLE
Clothing – we recommend bright clothing when riding in traffic as it adds to your visibility. If your ride doesn’t involve any road riding you can choose whatever you like to ride in.
Lights – front light and rear reflector is law in NZ for bikes on the road 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise. Again your riding may not be on the road or at night time, so this may not be such a big concern. But remember lights are also great at helping others see you. See our Bike Light Buying Guide. Lights can be good on dark trails (dense tree coverage) in low light weather conditions to assist with vision and will be necessary for any tunnels.
Bell – can you be heard as well as seen? Bike bells are really important on shared pathways and for any blind corners on busy trails. So this is an important piece of bike gear for bike path riders, see Bike Bell Buying Guide
CHECK YOUR KIT
Tool Kit – the essentials are a spare tube and/or a patch kit, tire levers, hand pump, and allen key. Please take tools and know how to use them. We have specifically chosen the easiest tools we could find to use – like our Mini Pump
First Aid Kit for Biking – Depending on how far you are going and what type of surface you are riding on, a first aid kit can be a really handy thing to carry. Generally they are small and lightweight and will include things like gloves, steary strip/plasterers, aspirin, antihistamine, wet wipes, survival blanket. You can never predict when you will have a fall so it’s a good idea to always be prepared. See Bike First Aid Supplies Buying Guide
CHECK YOUR SECURITY
Personal ID/Money – You should carry your ID, money and emergency contact details in a ziplock bag. Always tell someone where you are going and when you should be back.
Registration/Photo – We recommend that you have a photo of your bike and its registration number incase of theft. This gives you peace of mind when dealing with the police or your insurance company
A bike lock – will you be stopping and leaving your bike at any point? Perhaps visiting a cafe along the bike path or stopping to look at a view point.
CHECK YOUR WATER/FOOD
Water should be carried every time you ride. We recommend 1 x 750ml bottles for any rides under an hour. Try a hydration pack for any long rides. Be careful about weight on your back – see Carrying Water – what are my options? Or Riding with a Backpack – Comfort on the Bike.
Food is personal. If you are not riding to a destination that offers food make sure you keep your energy levels up. Munch on bananas, protein bars, scroggin, chocolate.
CHECK THE WEATHER
Wear clothes that match the environment/temperature you are riding in and always be aware of what the weather forecast is. For more information see What to Wear on a Bike and also understand your fabric choices – Womens Riding Clothing
Consider sunscreen and sunglasses for hot weather.
Consider sweatshirt, thermal, rain jacket, gloves, beanie for colder days. Simple ways to Keep Warm on a Bike