Bell, helmet, anti-theft: these mandatory or optional accessories to put on your bike

If you’ve decided to spend all or part of the summer on your bike, it’s time to take stock of what you shouldn’t forget to pack. Of course, if the lights and bell are to be in perfect working order, the helmet and lock are highly recommended, under all circumstances.

For cycling, several accessories are mandatory, some recommended, others completely optional. Small review from the staff before you hit the road.


All lighting elements of your bike must work perfectly, for the sake of safety to see and be seen. A bicycle must therefore be equipped one or more reflectorsat the front and at the back of the machine, as well as preferably on the wheels, of a position light at the front and another at the back. If not, you will persevere a fine of up to 38 euros

Another part of the bike that must be in perfect condition: the doorbell† In theory, it should be heard from a distance of 50 meters. Note that the use of any other sound signal is prohibited. Failure to comply with this obligation is again objectionable. a fine of up to 38 euros.

If you are driving at night or visibility is poor, you should: wear a “CE” approved high visibility vest† This concerns both the driver and any passenger. In case of non-compliance with this rule, the fine can be up to 150 euros

Strongly recommended

above 12 years, wear a helmet is not required to cycle, but it is obviously highly recommended, the slightest fall, even at low speed, can cause serious injury. On the other hand, every child under the age of 12 must wear a CE-approved bicycle helmet, both driver and passenger. Failure to comply with this obligation will be punished with a fine up to 750 euros.

To wear a lock with itself has become indispensable. Every year in France a bicycle is stolen every minute. To protect you from this scourge, there are now a large number of locks. Steel U-locks, as well as connected models, are among the most secure, even if there is absolutely no foolproof.

When you go for a walk or hike, don’t forget your gourd† Even in the city, going to work will never be too much, especially in hot weather.


The Danger Watcher is optional, but it is welcome, especially if you are driving on roads frequented by motorists. Placed on the back of the bicycle and pointing to the left, you keep sufficient distance from other road users.

If you are afraid that your bike will be stolen, you can also opt for a GPS trackerthat allows you to locate it at any time, even if you can’t remember where it was parked.

(ETX Daily Up)

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