Have you recently bought a new bike? The spending isn’t over, but accessories can make your ride more enjoyable and will help you save money.
Cycling is one of your best investments. Cycling on two wheels can help you stay fit and provide you with a way to get your mind off of things. It’s also a great way to keep yourself happy and healthy well into your later years. But what about the downside? The downside? It could bankrupt you before you reach that point.
Every newbie will soon discover that cycling isn’t a cheap sport. It’s easy for beginners to end up with expensive gear because of the creative ways that brands are trying to make money.
What do you need? If you have a mountain, hybrid, or road bike, there are some key items that every new cyclist should purchase to make their transition to cycling as easy and fun as possible.
These essential items are vital for every cyclist.
You might be proud to sport your cool Molteni replica cycling cap that you purchased on eBay. However, it won’t provide much protection if you fall off the bike during a ride. You can always wear a helmet if you have to.
Kask, a brand that hails from Italy’s cycling capital, is well-known for making some of the most premium helmets available. This budget-friendly option comes with the brand’s Up ‘n Down fit system, which offers a high-end fit at an affordable price.
2. Shorts with padded pockets
Cycling can be very painful for the back. If your undercarriage hasn’t been used to prolonged stints in the saddle for a while, it will let you know. It does improve with time, but saddle sores can be painful. A good pair of padded shorts can help minimize the discomfort.
Dhb’s Aeron bib-shorts are both easy on the eyes and wallet. You can also choose from a variety of colors to match your bike and look professional. You won’t need to pull them up on rides. The bib design’s straps also make it easy to wear.
A new cyclist will only be able to ride a few miles with a backpack and a sweat-soaked cotton T-shirt before they start demanding more. A purpose-built jersey is a solution. You can store supplies in the back pockets. This will make you more aerodynamic. The fabric is well-thought-out and will keep you dry, cool, and comfortable.
Rapha’s Core jersey ticks all the boxes and also looks great. It’s also a bargain at PS60, which is a good price for a top-quality garment made from cycling apparel.
A good pair of glasses is an essential piece of kit. Every cyclist learns this quickly the first time they use a bumblebee to their cornea while whizzing down, descending, or trying to navigate around a busy roundabout.
These Oakley Radar EV Advancer specs are a good example of photochromic lenses that work well for this job. You can wear them and protect them without changing lenses. This is great for those times when the weather changes, from sunny and bright to cloudy and rainy.
Elite’s Custom Race bottle case is one of the many items that pros have on their bikes. It’s only tenners. This durable, lightweight accessory is very popular among pro riders. It is both stylish and functional.
It’s more than a way of pimping your ride. For longer rides and refueling, a bottle cage is essential. This is a must-have item for weekend riders and world-class athletes.
5. Clipless pedals
Although it can seem daunting to be attached to your bike by your feet as a beginner, there are many Cycle World benefits. While it is possible to fall at traffic lights, it is likely that your ego will be the one most bruised. You can reduce your chances by getting a Shimano mountain bike pedal. These can be clipped in on both sides of the cleat/pedal system, unlike a road-specific, three-bolt cleat/pedal system.
You will need clipless shoes to fully appreciate your new clipless pedals. The best choice for beginners is MTB Shoes. With the recessed cleat, the shoes are more comfortable to walk in and easier to grip when you need to stop. Fizik shoes are some of the most popular in cycling, and this off-road version proves it. Terra X5 shoes are lightweight, durable, and have a Boa lacing system that allows for quick adjustments.
Maintaining your bike’s air is a must. A good track pump will make it easier to maintain your pressures.
Topeak pumps are known for being reliable and sturdy. The Joeblow Max II is the cheapest model in the range. However, it still packs many of the same high-end features as the more expensive models. This includes a pressure gauge and dual heads for Presta and Schrader vas. It can also get a 23mm tire up to 100psi in just 20 strokes. PS30 is not bad at all.
6. Hand pump
This handy tool is lightweight at 88g and can be carried along on any ride
Although track pumps are great for riding your bike at home, they don’t fit in your jersey pocket. A mini pump is a solution. A mini pump is a handy tool that can be used to prevent punctures from becoming a major problem. The Air Profil Micropump by Zefal measures just 165mm in length and weighs only 88g. It’s so small that you won’t even notice it in your pocket.
Mid-ride problems can be fixed with tire levers, puncture patches, and Allen keys
While your local bike shop is always available to assist you with any problems, don’t let it become a burden. It’s essential to be serious about your cycling journey. A small tool kit can help you perform basic maintenance tasks. This will save you the hassle of calling a mechanic each time you need to tighten a bolt.