New Bike Essentials
Make the Most of Every Mile
Whether it’s your very first bike or an addition to the stable, outfitting yourself and your bike with the right cycling apparel and accessories makes it easy to jump on and go. Explore our recommendations for indispensable new bike gear and visit us today for expert advice from our friendly, knowledgeable team of cycling enthusiasts.
Safety first, fun second. Look, it’s actually pretty safe out there, but you never know what’s around the next bend. Modern helmets are more protective and comfortable than ever and are styled to fit every rider’s personal preferences. Also, it’s good to replace your helmet every 3-5 years to ensure it works as designed when you need it.
It’s not all sunshine and birdsongs (well it usually is), but occasionally the sun does go down. When that happens, you’ll need to illuminate your path and make sure you’re visible to others on the road. Studies have found that daytime running lights improve visibility in all conditions, so there’s never a bad time to shine.
You’re going to love riding your bike. You’ll have so much fun pedaling around that you might start to look for excuses to ride: groceries, coffee, even your commute to work or school. When you need to leave your precious ride unattended, you’ll want to be sure to lock it to something sturdy.
Being prepared for the inevitable flat tire will not only get you back in the saddle quicker, but also save you from walking or calling for a pickup. A simple repair kit includes tire levers, a spare tube, a patch kit, and a pump. It all packs into a fist-size roll you can attach under your seat or carry in your bag or jersey pocket.
Cycling apparel includes specific features that increase comfort and versatility. Jerseys made from stretchy fabrics with a zippered front help regulate body temperature while rear pockets hold ride essentials like snacks or a repair kit. Shorts and bibs are also made from stretchy fabrics and typically include padding in the seat — called a chamois — to reduce discomfort on long rides.
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