A helmet is essential for your own safety and it may save your life. Wearing a helmet is also a legal requirement in Western Australia. Invest in a good quality helmet and ensure that it fits correctly and that the straps are adjusted for a snug fit.
While the weather in the South West is mild most of the year, summer days can be very hot and the winter months do get wet. Alway prepare for your ride by taking the most appropriate clothing according to the weather forecast. Proper cycling shorts with gussets and lightweight breathable cycling jerseys can add to your comfort and enjoyment. Lightweight rain jackets or windbreakers are handy for cycling on crisp mornings and cool nights. Always wear bright, visible clothing so you are easily seen on the bush tracks and open roads. Thermal clothes are also handy as they are quick drying and very warm!!
Gloves are a valuable addition as they protect your hands from blisters; prevent the compression of nerves in your hands; and, in the event of a fall, save your skin.
Always wear sturdy comfortable shoes with lightweight cotton socks. Specific cycling shoes are not essential, but they do make pedalling more efficient.
Always wear sunglasses to avoid damage to your eyes from the sun, wind, dust, stones, branches and insects.
We certainly don’t encourage riding the trail alone as riding solo can leave you vulnerable if you have an accident or breakdown. It could be hours, or even days before you see other cyclists on parts of the trail. And if you have a broken bone or smashed bike…or worse… you won’t be able to reach safety by yourself. Remember, you can’t count on your mobile phone to work in the bush. A lone cyclist who is ill or injured should STAY ON THE TRAIL even if it means spending an unplanned night in the forest.
Camp close to the trail so you can be easily found. The Department of Environment and Conservation does not monitor individual’s progress (this is the responsibility of each cyclist’s personal back-up). However, it is useful to contact the District Office that you are cycling near for the latest information on the trail conditions (eg. recent fires, water in tanks etc.) before you start your journey.
Note: The Police are the agency responsible for search and rescue in Western Australia. They will usually involve the Department in searches on the trail. Your safety is our concern, but it is YOUR responsibility!
Whether you are on a short day trip or a multi-day adventure, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure your experience is a safe one.
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