It’s easy to forget about the importance of accessories once you’ve purchased a bike. After all, a bike is the only item necessary to enjoy this hobby, right? Well, you can certainly get countless hours of fun with a bike alone, but there are a number accessories which will both improve the safety and enjoyment from your new biking hobby.
Whether you’re biking down a mountain trail or just around your neighborhood, you’ll soon realize that a tire pump is a useful tool to carry with you. Even if you don’t puncture your tire, constant pressure can cause air to leak out of your tires. If this happens when you’re miles away from home, you’ll be forced to walk back with your bike. To prevent this, simply attach a mobile tire bump on the frame of your bike for convenience. When your tire goes flat, you can pull over and have it filled in a matter of minutes.
If you bike as much as I do, you’ll find that gloves are helpful in preventing the development of blisters on your fingers and hands. Be sure to get gloves which are designed exclusively for bike use, however, as others will limit your ability to control your bike. Bike gloves should have openings at the tip of the fingers for you to get a full, clean grip on the handlebars.
A bike rack will open up a whole new world of possibilities for your new hobby. Without one, you’re essentially limiting yourself to only biking locally around your home. However, with a bike rack attached to the top of your car or vehicle, you can take your hobby wherever you’re able to drive to. Want to go biking on a famous mountain trail that’s a couple of hours away? Secure your bike to the rack and hit the road!
Wearing the right cycle clothing will both increase your performance and comfort levels. While there are a number of different styles and types of cycle clothing, most of the leading types are made of a breathable, yet stretchy material which allows wearer to comfortably move while cycling. When choosing cycle clothing, consider the weather and temperature conditions. Obviously, you’ll want heavier, more insulated clothing if you’re biking in low temperatures. On the hand, lightweight clothing is preferred for hot, humid climates.
These are just a few accessories which are sure to increase the amount of enjoyment you get from biking. Take full advantage of your biking hobby by looking at all the available accessories.