Cycling, more than many other sports, is dependent on equipment to have a safe, fun and enjoyable time. Can you ride with just you and your bike? Sure, but sooner or later, you’re going to need everything that’s on this list. Some will even save your life!
So what cycling essentials does every rider need or should have? Look below!
Helmet. Don’t ever ride without one.
It can mean the difference between a bad headache and being a vegetable. Make sure it fits properly.
Water bottle / Energy gels. No matter how short your ride, make sure you have plenty of water and drink it throughout your ride to stay hydrated. Get one with a cage that attaches to your bike. Regular supermarket / convenience store bottles don’t fit in most bottle cages, A great alternative is a hydration backpack. Energy bars are a great way to prevent muscle cramping and running out of energy during an unexpectedly long or hard ride.
Pump. A portable pump that you attach to the bike is necessary, in case you get a flat or a slow leak. You don’t want to be walking your bike back home. A floor pump is good to have at home, too, for easier pumping, but isn’t absolutely necessary.
Repair kit. A simple repair kit would include a patch kit, a spare inner tube, 2 tire levers, a multi-tool for bikes, all in a small bag that attaches to the bike.
Gloves. Essential. They absorb shock from the road to your handlebars, but more importantly, if you crash, your palms are protected from getting cut up and bloodied from the road moving at speed.
Bike computer. Attaches to the bike and tells you how far you’ve traveled, how fast you’re going, and all other kinds of good info. Very handy.
Glasses. To some, these are a must. I haven’t gotten them yet, but they block bugs and other debris from hitting you in the eyes.
Shoes/pedals. The most efficient way of pedaling. Most people are surprised by the exponential increase in efficiency they experience when trying cycling specific shoes & pedals for the first time!
Lights. These are a must if you ride when it begins to get dark. Whether you want to just be seen, or see, one or the other is better than riding with no lights.
Racks. Important if you want to transport anything. There are all kinds of racks and panniers (cycling bags). Awesome for commuting.
While the list can go on-and-on, this short list is what many cyclists new and experienced consider ‘essential’. At the very least, make sure you get a helmet and lights. Not only is it necessary, it’s the law. Ride safe and ride happy!