Cycling is a great way to stay active and explore the beautiful scenery of Iowa. With RAGBRAI quickly approaching, it’s important to make sure you have the RIGHT Gear to stay safe while cycling. The two most essential pieces of equipment are a helmet and lights. In this article, we’ll go over the importance of having a well-fitted helmet and the legal requirements for lights while cycling.

First and foremost, a helmet is crucial to protect your head in the event of a crash. When selecting a helmet, it’s important to choose one that is comfortable and well-fitted. All new helmets meet the same safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, so don’t worry too much about the cost. Look for a CPSC sticker on the inside of the helmet to ensure it meets the safety standards.

The helmet should be adjusted properly to fit your head. Make sure it’s level and covers your forehead. There should only be two fingers width between the bottom of the helmet and your eyebrows. If your helmet has a retention ring, make sure it’s snug. Test by shaking your head “no”. Your helmet should move with your head and not wiggle independently. Finally, adjust the straps so they meet in a “V” shape just below your ears. The chin strap should be tight enough that you can only fit two fingers between your chin and the strap.

In addition to a helmet, lights are required by the Iowa Code if you ride before sunrise or after sunset. Bicyclists must have a white headlight and red taillight or reflector that are visible for 300 feet. It’s important to make sure your lights are in good working condition and visible. There are plenty of good lights available with a variety of options. Check with your local bicycle shop for details and prices. You can also wear reflective vests or clothing, additional lights, and blinking lights to increase your visibility and avoid accidents.

As you prepare for RAGBRAI, make sure you have the RIGHT Gear to stay safe while cycling. Remember to wear a well-fitted helmet that meets safety standards, and ensure your lights are in good working condition and visible. With the right gear, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Iowa and have a fun and safe cycling experience.