The country has become obsessed with cycling and you want to join in the fun too? No clue where to start? Well there are a few pieces of kit that you’ll need to get you started, as well as a bike, essential to keep you safe.
A helmet is an essential piece of kit and the only thing that will protect your head if you are unfortunate enough to fall off, or get knocked off your bike. There is always an on-going debate about whether helmets should be mandatory for cyclists, but it is definitely an item worth getting.
A must have item in case of a break down, a puncture or need to make any adjustments. These are available at most bike shops and are great for carrying out any minor repairs and adjustments while out on the road.
It’s always a good idea to have a spare tube as part of your repair kit, as the most likely problem that you will have is a flat tyre.
A good strong bike lock will be needed when you’re out and about. Bike thieves are out in force at the moment, so the stronger the lock the better. When choosing a lock, look for; ease of use, weatherproofing and carrying. Is it easy to use? Is it weatherproof? Is it easy to carry? The answer should be yes to all of these. Take a look at this review to help you find your perfect lock.
Keep your eyes protected while riding, otherwise there’s nothing to stop dust and debris flying into your eyes. They also provide protection from the sun those pesky insects and tree branches.
A reflective vest will help you to be seen by motorists, the brighter the better.
A must for riding in the dark, fog or anytime where there is reduced visibility. You will need a good light for the front of your bike, this should be white with a steady or flashing beam. The rear of your bike should be fitted with a red light. When purchasing lights make sure you check: the battery type, if they are rechargeable or not and how many hours of running time it has. Lights are for your own safety as well as that of the people around you.
Essential for the regular commuter, unless you like getting wet!
Water bottle/ Hydration pack
It’s important to keep hydrated while you ride, especially on those long journeys. You can attach a water bottle onto your bike with a bottle cage, or you can use a hydration pack. A hydration pack is a backpack with a water filled bladder and a drinking tube.
A luggage rack is a great way for you to carry all of your necessities. Racks are easy to attach to your bike and are great for carrying panniers and other accessories.