Riding a bicycle is amazing and it offers a great sense of freedom. That being said, finding the right bike accessories is just as important. With that in mind, we created a list with some of the most important accessories you should buy right away for your bike.
Water bottle cages
If you plan on going outdoors and exploring the world on your bike, then you do need to remember to hydrate yourself. Ideally, you want to purchase one or preferably two water bottle cages, depending on what your bike can accommodate. It’s a necessity most of the time, and it doesn’t get in your way either, making bottle cages probably the most important of bike accessories.
There are some companies that created an LCD display which has dozens of functions to help you make the most out of any riding session. These units tend to be waterproof too, so you can always get a tremendous value for your money if you do this right. Functions include speed and average speed, distance on this particular ride and total distance travelled, number of metres climbed, temperature, the current time as well as elapsed time on the ride, and even an estimate of calories burned.
This type of speaker is small and you can connect your phone to it. As a result, you will have loud music during each one of your riding sessions, which may appear really cool, to begin with, but is unlikely to win you many cycling friends.
Rechargeable bike light set
Are lights “bike accessories” or “bike essentials”? You might end up using your bike at dusk or in the hours of darkness. If that’s the case, the best thing that you can do is to purchase a light set. You can ride more safely if motorists can see you. While the law only requires you to have lights when it is gloomy or dark, most collisions with a bike take place in daylight and having flashing lights front and rear will help you to be seen. It is then your choice as to whether you use rechargeable lights or use lights with disposable batteries – either way, make sure your lights are bright, it’s your life you are protecting by being seen. And, if riding in rural areas without street lighting, a good front light to see where you are going and in particular any potholes is essential.
Whether you like it or not, there are times when you will suffer from a puncture or low tyre pressure, which is why getting a portable pump that you can carry with you makes a lot of sense. As an alternative, consider tyre inflator cartridges as long as the valves on your tyres can take them.
Multifunction repair kit
It’s a good idea to have a tyre repair kit with you, as you never know what can go wrong on the road. I also find it useful to include two short pieces of string to help tie a tyre when mending a roadside puncture – it’s like having three or even four hands rather than two when struggling with a tyre that is a tight fit on a rim.
The bike lock allows you to keep your bike safe when you have to stop. If you need to go away from your bike for a little while, a bike lock can really pay off. I ride with a folding lock strapped in its “cage” to my bike. It’s not just soul destroying to have your bike stolen, it can be a long walk home, and expensive to replace. It isn’t just the cost of the original bike but all the “extras” you have added to personalise your bike to your own taste and comfort – such as your choice of pedals and saddle (I’d hate to be without my wonderful Brooks saddle!). Again, it’s hard to say whether a good lock comes under the heading of bike accessories or bike essentials!
Unlike cars, bikes don’t come with storage space, which is why it makes a lot of sense to use a bag that fits either on to the frame or to the saddle. This will help you make the most out of any square inch of space, and the good thing is that it won’t disturb you while riding either. It’s another reason for loving my Brooks saddle, apart from the comfort: the old fashioned two slots which mean you can easily add a good old-fashioned saddle bag!