How to keep your bicycle – and yourself – safe
From backpedal brakes to super advanced e-bikes, with slim road bikes and rugged off-roaders in between, bicycles are a part of life in South Africa. It’s an essential mode of transportation for many, an enjoyable hobby and form of exercise for others, and a serious sport for some. Unfortunately, the safety of cyclists – and their equipment – is gaining concern. With the prices of bicycles ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of Rands, what can you do to protect your bike, and yourself?
The risk of your bicycle being stolen by criminals or damaged by other road users has increased significantly in recent years. This fact has led to an increased need for bicycle insurance. This type of insurance covers the cost of replacement if your bicycle is stolen and/or repairs should your bicycle be damaged in an accident. As with any insurance policy, you will be responsible for having taken all necessary precautions to ensure that any potential claims are resolved successfully.
Top tips to keep your bicycle safe:
To keep yourself safe on the road and avoid accidents, always adhere to the rules of the road. Avoid riding with earphones so that you can hear oncoming traffic, stay aware of other road users and, most importantly, ride in single file. Fit a reflector to the rear of your bicycle and make use of a bicycle light or headlamp when riding at night.
Cycling can be a great stress reliever and distraction from the pressures of modern-day life. Don’t add to those pressures by making yourself vulnerable to the theft of or damage to your bicycle. Contact us to find out more about bicycle insurance, and ride with peace of mind.