Whether you are new to the world of biking, or a seasoned enthusiast, cycling equipment is an essential part of the biking experience, and so this guide will brief you on the essentials.
Cycling tools – Ensuring that you are prepared if you puncture a tire or if a wheel comes loose means having the right tools to hand. A multi tool set is the easiest way to get everything you need, with important things like tyre levers, chain tool heads, Allen wrenches, chain hooks, and disc brake repair bits. With such an item you can rejoin a broken chain, mend a brake pad or a displaced cable for instance, and this tool is often the difference between mending the bike yourself, and making an emergency call. Bear in mind that all of these bits of cycling equipment are available individually. Puncture repair kits and tire pumps should be number one on your wish list, as punctures are inevitable but easily treatable if you have a good kit, and flat tires are just as common. Mini pumps are a great option since they store away easily.
Lubricants and cleaners – Keeping your bike in top condition means conditioning the moving parts of the bike. Lubricants for the pedals and axles, and chain cleaner for the chain eliminates squeaks, protects against rust, and increases the longevity of the bike on the whole. General bike cleaner can be used as a safe way to wash the entire bike.
Technology – A serious biker needs a cycle computer, which gauges the amount of cycling you have done, and your heart rate. GPS trackers provide accurate location information for touring and training.
Safety – Cycle helmets are crucial for cycling safety. General helmets are common for everyday use, though for the serious rider fibreglass face helmets are a better option and are highly affordable given the protection they give. Front and back Halogen or LED lights are crucial for visibility at night. Visibility jackets are also a good idea. Safety locks keep your cycle safe when you park, and high quality D-locks provide the best middle ground between protection and affordability.
Accessories – There are many other things to make riding easier, such as water bottles and bottle cages, panniers and racks, prop stands, horns and bells, frame and bike protectors, front baskets, bicycle pads, and hydration backpacks.
Having a full range of cycling equipment means getting the best out of your bike and staying safe.
Author Claire Hunter recommends choosing quality cycling equipment from the best brands on offer