Safety and maintenance
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 how to kit up for your ride.
- Keep your own record of your frame serial number (usually found on the frame by the bottom bracket, and register your bicycle details with BikeRegister
- 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!
- 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. To get the discounted lock just show a valid public transport ticket.
Regularly check your bike for minor repairs and maintenance to avoid costly repairs in the future. Visit our Bike Maintenance Guide for step-by-step instructions to carry our basic bike care.
Free basic bike maintenance and advice at your local rail station. Just turn up with your bike on your selected date. We have a brand new range of sessions which will take place 4.30 – 6.30pm on any selected date - visit the West Midlands Facebook page.
- Free gold standard D-Lock to the first 5 participants at each event
- Free Bike Register security marking
- Free bike safety check
Social distancing measures will be in place and must be respected.
The sessions are paid for by West Midlands Railway and delivered by Cycling UK.
One of the biggest preventions of people cycling is safety concerns. Whether you’re new to cycling or have been doing it for years, it’s always good to learn and remind yourself of safety measures when cycling on the road.
See how you can make your commute to work safely on the pedal. Paul Robison, from our partners at Bikeability Trust, breaks down how to get out on the road with confidence.
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