The past two years have been a whirlwind, but finding your niche and way to escape is soul-freeing. Some people binge watch series, exercise or go on long bike rides to feel some sort of freedom. With international borders not fully open, many South Africans have found new ways to experience travel within their country or neighbouring countries.
Gumtree outlines the most essential riding gear basics to keep riders safe on their trips:
Helmet: Safety comes first and helmets are an absolute must when it comes to riding. There are plenty of helmet styles to choose from. Make sure to try them on and check that it securely fits your head, and see if there is space for goggles (if you prefer riding with them).
Gloves: Your hands and face bear the brunt of the icy cold weather conditions. Knuckle protection and good material protect your hands from both weather elements and serious injury in accidents.
Jackets & pants: Getting wet during a downpour is uncomfortable and can be avoided. It’s sometimes best to spend a little more on your outfit and select waterproof material over good looking outfits.
Boots: It’s best to try on boots so you can see how they feel. Ensure that the chosen boots have ankle support, are waterproof and comfortable.
Neck brace/back protector: Rather over protect yourself to prevent any injury in case of accidents. This brace protects the spine, ribs and internal organs.
Pannier/saddle bags: Long bike journeys, but nowhere to store your belongings? These are perfect to store items and clothing for your next vacation.
For the rider’s safety, make sure you wear some sort of reflector gear, have good lighting, drive cautiously and get your bike serviced before long journeys.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local automotive vehicle information close to home.