It can be difficult to know what accessories and equipment you need to take on a ride with you when you’re just starting out, so here is a list of the 5 must-have accessories.
Equipment to Fix a Flat
One of the worst, but also most common, things that can happen while you’re out on the road is getting a flat tire. In the event this happens, it’s important to have the proper equipment to be able to fix it.
First of all it’s important to have a spare tube that is specific for your bike; they’re fairly compact and easy to change. You will also need a pump in order to get air into the spare tube, some cyclists prefer to use Co2 pumps as they work much faster, however more practice is needed for these to be sure you don’t burst the tube.
Now, according to Murphy’s Law, there is still a high chance of you getting a puncture in the new tube you just put on; therefore it is important to be prepared and carry a Patch Kit with you also. Not only for the occasion of your bike getting a flat tyre, but also to help other cyclists out on the road.
These are essential for when you need to make a minor repair or adjustment, no matter how short or long your ride. Typically, a multi-tool consists of allen wrenches, bolt wrenches, screw drivers, a chain tool, and more; making them are useful for anything; from adjusting loose belts to repairing a broken chain; you can’t be caught out on the roads without one.
Not only is it the Law, it’s also imperative to have lights on your bike, for your own safety. Without them you will be invisible to other vehicle on the road; putting yourself in tremendous amounts of danger. You should have a white front light, and a red back light (both of which are allowed to flash) to dramatically increase your visibility. Rear and pedal reflectors are also recommended.
First of all it is important that you always wear a helmet when you ride as they give you the most effective protection. Make sure you buy a good quality one and have it fitted correctly; it should fit snug and not be able to slide around your head.
Glasses are highly recommended for road cycling and they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun. They also act as a shield preventing things such as; wind, dirt, dust, debris, and even branches, from getting into your eyes. Good cycling glasses can also help to cut down road glare as it can be tough, when on a long ride, to stare at the road on a particularly bright day.
Finally gloves can be useful for shock absorption (you can buy padded gloves for this), improved grip and control, and for comfort and protection.
A bag to store all of your essentials in
When on the road, you will need something to carry all of this equipment we have just mentioned. A small under seat bag may be sufficient and may cause less interference to your riding, or you could carry a backpack, it’s up to you, as long you have everything you need in there.
It may be useful to have an energy bar at hand for if you’re running low and it is also recommended that you have your phone and some money; just in case you get stranded. And remember to carry water with you as it is important to stay hydrated during your ride.
Now you’re equipped with all of the essentials, you can enjoy your rides knowing you’re prepared for everything.