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08.13.19

What Are The Most Important Bike Accessories?

There is a lot more to cycling than just the bike itself. Having a bike or buying your first bike can be an exciting experience. You have your new bike, and you can't wait to hit the road or check out that bike trail you've heard about.

But before you go about fulfilling your riding goals, you should know that there are some accessories that you may need to make your biking experience more enjoyable. It doesn't matter if you want to ride your bike for leisure, workout or on a professional stage, there are countless add-ons to make it better.

The great thing about these bicycle accessories is that you don't need to break the bank to get them. Bike accessories are a great affordable way to reinvigorate your riding. To get you started, here is a list of some amazing bicycle accessory options.

Helmet

Although there are debates surrounding bike helmets in regards to their importance, we think it's imperative that you wear one of every ride. Now, biking is a safe activity, and the chances of crashing or having an accident are slim. But even at that, wearing a helmet will protect you in case of any potential accidents.

Bike lock

Just as a bike helmet protects your head a bike lock will help prevent your bike from being stolen. There are several types and brands of bike locks out there, such as the U-Lock and Chain Lock. Be smart when getting a lock and realize that a lock is a deterrent and can't prevent all attacks. We recommend a U-Lock in conjunction with a chain lock to offer maximum protection. 

Lights

Whether it is a rear light or a front light, we can't undermine the importance of having a bike light. Lights usually do two jobs for you; they make the road visible, and you as well. In other words, they make your riding experience safer. You would never drive a car without a light so why would you ride your bike without one? The ideal bike lights to get are; red rear light and white front light. Pro tip: most bicycle accidents happen during Daylight hours! Daytime running lights are the best way to keep you safe during the day.

Pumps

Having the correct tire pressure is extremely important in decreasing flat tires and improving ride quality. Each night your tires will lose around 5 psi of pressure so having a bike pump to keep your tires inflated is imperative. For home use you will need a floor pump because it will make getting your tires up to high pressures easy. While on the road many cyclists take a mini pump or C02 cartridges in case of a flat or leaking tire.

Other important accessories include;

  • Bell
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Mudguards/fenders
  • Clipless pedals
  • Cycling shoes and lots more

 

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