We're so happy to see more and more people getting into Bicycle Riding. May it be as a hobby or as a competitive sport, Cycling has become more popular nowadays.
Now before you ride your bike though, here are 5 must-have accessories to keep safe while riding: (Mind you, these are basic, but they can easily be missed!)
A helmet should be mandatory and used every time you ride even if it is not required. Choose a helmet based on safety aspects and how it fits rather than style or price. There are helmets available for different riding styles. For example, downhill mountain biking requires a full face motorbike style helmet. A good helmet should be firmly fitted with no gap between it and your head.
A water bottle holder is the best and most common way of carrying water long distances, you may even want to fit a second or third one on your frame. Alternatively, you may consider using water bladders in a backpack or saddlebag.
Lights are necessary especially when you plan to ride at night or dawn. Lights are used more to make you visible to others. Always check your batteries before heading out, recharge them or take a spare set so you won’t run out. Some lights come with a generator that pushes up against your front or rear tire (when turned on), that generates electricity as you pedal. This eliminates the need for batteries.
If you value your bike you will want to invest in a good bike lock. The better these are the more expensive they get, and the really good ones are pretty infallible so don’t lose your key.
Visible or reflective gear is very important, particularly if you are riding in low light conditions. Bright, reflective colors like orange or yellow will give you a greater chance of being seen. It is possible to buy road safety gear from varying outlets including bike shops, department stores, and road safety shops. While you might not need every kind of jersey under the sun, specific bike shirts with a carrying pouch for food, a phone or other equipment are very useful and the material used is breathable. Your budget and the climate of where you live will probably dictate how many bike shirts you want that are sleeveless, with short sleeves, long sleeves, rainproof, etc. You can also ride in a simple T-shirt.
There you go, folks! By the way, all these are available at epik-store.com, your one-stop online shop for your cycling needs. Check us out now! ;)