As summer turns to fall, the temperatures are dropping, and the days are getting shorter. So whether you ride your bike occasionally, or you’re an avid cycler, upgrading your safety lighting and reflective equipment should be at the top of your to-do list. Below are some helpful tips to help you improve your bicycle safety this season.
Lights are one of your most important bike accessories. They help you see the road, but they also make it easier to be seen. Using lights on your bike isn’t just smart—it’s also required by law. In the state of Hawaii, bikes must have at least one front white light and red rear reflector.
There are several different bicycle lights you can use, ranging from battery-operated to rechargeable models, and the type you choose depends on how you plan to ride your bike. If you’re just going to be commuting and riding in well-lit areas, battery-operated main lights will cover all your bases. But if you plan on going off-roading, your best bet may be a rechargeable model that can adequately light up dark trails. Visit your local bike shop for recommendations that work well based on your needs and budget.
Reflectors and reflective stickers are essential bike accessories that can complement your bike lights. While they’re not necessarily required by law, they’re a good way to make your presence known to drivers on the road, especially if you’re biking in areas with a lot of visual clutter.
While reflective clothing is always an option, you can easily affix reflective stickers on your bike, spokes, and pedals. When in doubt, ask the professionals at your local bike shop for their advice.
For all of your bike repair and accessory needs, trust the knowledgeable professionals at Eki Cyclery. Based in Honolulu, HI, this bike shop first opened its doors in 1911, and it has continued to provide incredible customer service ever since. To learn more about their bicycle services, call (808) 847-2005 or visit their website today.