Buying your first bike is just the beginning, you’ll also need cycling essentials for a safer, more comfortable, and enjoyable riding experience.
Here you’ll find a list of eight cycling essentials to get you started.
8 Cycling Essentials You Need to Have
Helmet: A good idea as the most serious injuries are to the head. 1
In the United States, 22 states and the District of Columbia have laws on helmet usage. Even if no state law exists, county laws may still require that cyclists wear a helmet.
Water bottles: And a water bottle holder attached to your bike, called a water bottle cage. Look for squeezable bottles so you don’t have to stop and unscrew a top while cycling.
Front and rear lights: One front facing white light and one visible red rear light.
Cycling shorts: Seamless, with padding (also called chamois) wicks away sweat and prevents chafing, for a more comfortable cycling experience – no underwear needed.
Cycling jersey: Fitted, constructed from technical fabric with a longer back to avoid indecent exposure when riding. Jerseys have back pockets for extras such as energy gels, water, or keys.
Clipless pedals and bike shoes: These special pedals attach your bike shoes to your bike and directs all your leg power into one powerful pedal stroke. And, it prevents your foot from flying off the pedal, which is especially useful at high speeds.
Clipless pedals requires some practice and this instructional video from the Global Cycling Network (GCN) has useful tips on mastering this new skill.
Sunglasses: Glasses protect your eyes from the sun’s rays, bugs, and other flying debris.
Look for eyewear constructed from lightweight plastic that fits snugly on your nose and ears. If you’ll be cycling in all sorts of weather conditions, consider buying sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, which include darker lenses for sunny days, or rose colored lenses for contrast on overcast days.
Shop Cycling Essentials
Nike – Dri-fit Stretch-jersey Sports Bra – Orange, Nike // Shimano Women’s Cycling Shoes, Shimano // Pearl Izumi W Sugar Short, Pearl Izumi // Polar Bottle® Dress 20-Ounce Water Bottle, Bed Bath & Beyond // Oakley Sunglasses, Oakley // Adidas By Stella Mccartney Cycling jersey T-shirt, adidas // Aveeno Sunscreen, Aveeno
What’s on your list of cycling essentials? Leave a comment below!
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