We always think I won't get hit by a car, I won't crash, they won't steal my bike... It can happen to any of us! The things I mention are not a guarantee, but in the unlikely event of a crash or theft they might come in handy.
1. ICE-Card (In case of Emergency Card)
Always make sure that you have your personal details with you. It is best to include the following information:
- Your name
- Emergency Contact & their telephone number
There are companies now specialising in making durable wristbands with this information on them, one of these companies are local to us and called OnelifeID.
If you register with British Cycling as a member, one of the benefits include insurance for unlikely events like getting hit by a car. It is worth looking into this especially if you are commuting. It also includes certain discounts with some of the retailers or bike theft insurance (3rd party & deals on bike insurance)
I got my bikes marked by Bike registered a few years ago, they mark your bike with a unique number and special paint that can't be removed from your frame and then they keep your details on record. If your bike was to be stolen and retrieved by the police the police would be able to identify the owner by tracking your bike back to you, they will re-unite you with your bike then. This is also a good deterrent for thieves as they will know that they won't be able to sell your bike second hand if it had the bike register markings on it.
Immobilise offers the same service as Bike Register, but on any type of product, so you can upload all of your valuable items and get it traced back to you if they were to be stolen, all you need is the serial number for each. So it is a bit of admin, but rather do it now before it is too late.
4. How to lock your bike
One of the two only good things about Evans is that they taught me how to lock my bike properly in 4 easy steps.
- A good U-lock/D-lock and a cable
Step 1: Find an immovable object
Step 2: Put the U through the rear wheel making sure it goes through the rear triangle of the frame around the immovable object
Step 3: Hook your cable through your front wheel & fork (if you have a mountain bike) & loop the cable through the other hook on the cable
Step 4: Put the cable hook through the U & lock the U-lock securely
You can get more creative with this practice as I often add my saddle & helmet into the mix as well.
5. Helmet always wear a helmet!
I always ask myself the question, what will you do if you do get hit by a car & you didn’t wear your helmet? Will I be able to deal with the consequences or not? I often find myself quickly running back into the house to get my helmet.