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August 6th, 2021
From keeping your head safe to ensuring your ride in comfort, we thought we’d share with you all the cycling gear that we think every cyclist should own.
Now the weather is hotting up, we expect that the seasoned cycling pros will be joined by complete novices, families out for a day of fun and everyone in between. No matter what type of cyclist you are below is a list of the cycling gear we think you’ll need.
This seems like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised at how many people head off on two wheels without a helmet. Although wearing a helmet is not required by law, the highway code recommends it and so do we.
In terms of finding the perfect helmet, there are several things to consider. You want to feel comfortable and it should be well-fitting. We recommend looking out for one that has a multi-directional impact protection system, this is a thin plastic layer on the inside of the helmet that allows the shell to shift slightly during impact, which will reduce any rotational forces delivered to your head. You don’t have to spend a fortune to find a protective helmet, as long as it’s approved it should offer you the same protection regardless of price.
Whilst cycling clothing isn’t essential, it’s something we would certainly recommend to ensure a comfortable ride.
Let’s start with padded shorts, male or female these are a must. Cycling shorts for men should be close-fitting against the body, breathable material and fitted with elastic to ensure they don’t ride up.
Our top tip is to make sure you don’t wear underwear with your cycling shorts, the pad that is in the shorts is designed to pull moisture away from the body and to keep your bottom cushioned. For women it is pretty similar, the shorts should be a good fit but not too tight with a customisable waistband.
A cycling jersey should be tight-fitting and made of breathable material. We recommend choosing one that has a built-in pocket to store all of your trip essentials. There are plenty of additional clothing items that you could invest in further down the line but to save you spending a small fortune, for now, we would suggest cycling shoes and glasses.
Despite your feet rarely touching the ground, cycling shoes can make a real difference to your cycling experience. They have rigid soles so that you don’t waste energy flexing your feet.
Cycling glasses are important for various reasons, they not only provide protection from the sun but also provide a barrier from dust, grit and flies.
Hydration is key. Many riders mistake cooler weather as an excuse for not taking a water bottle on their bike ride, however, it’s an essential piece of kit whatever the weather.
Dehydration is the biggest reason for a drain on your energy during a cycle and as a result, tiredness may lead to a cycling accident. Drink before you get thirsty and top up your water bottle when you can, need we say more.
It goes without saying that not every bike ride is going to be smooth-sailing and if you’re an avid cyclist, you will experience a flat tyre at some point. Therefore, carrying a mini pump with you is essential for when you need to top up your tyres on the go.
Now we can imagine that even if you didn’t pay a lot for your bike, you’re not going to want it to be stolen. Investing in a lock means you can stop off wherever you want with the knowledge that it will be right where you left it.
These are a necessity if you’re thinking of cycling at night, in fact in many places it is a legal requirement to have a white front light and a red light at the rear. However, more and more riders have taken to also using daytime lights as they can help you be seen even in bright sunlight.
A dry chain won’t shift smoothly, a good chain lubricant ensures both the safety and longevity of your bicycle chain.
This is just some of the cycling gear that we think every cyclist should own. We recognise that if you’re cycling mad, there will be plenty more cycling essentials that you’d add to the list.
However, even with all the correct equipment, unfortunately, accidents involving cyclists do happen. If you are involved in a cycling accident and believe you may be eligible for compensation, we can help. Get in touch today by calling 01625 506 672 and find out how we can help get you the compensation that you deserve.
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