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Cycle Parts and Accessories

Hints & Tips

After purchasing your bike there will be a number of other accessories that you may wish to buy to help improve the comfort and safety of your cycling experience.

Helmets are not legally required in the UK however they can protect you in case something such as an accident was to happen to you. Your helmet must be the right size for you, a correctly fitted helmet should be close fitting all the way around your head, and be comfortable to wear. When choosing your helmet try on several types as each manufacturer uses a different head model when designing their helmets. Helmets are available in many colours and prices range from £20 to £100.

Specialist clothing does not have to be worn for cycling however it would be advisable to wear bright reflective clothing to help you to be seen if riding at night or in poor weather conditions. A waterproof jacket would be a wise investment as well to protect against the weather. Jackets made specifically for cycling tend to have fluorescent strips sewn onto them, a pocket at the rear of the jacket located around the small of the back and the rear of the jacket is designed to fall below the waist to cover the bottom and keep you drier and warmer during wet weather.

Casual cyclists do not need to worry about purchasing specialist shoes; normal flat shoes such as trainers can be worn. Cycle shoes can be purchased for the dedicated cyclist who rides more than 3 times a week; a cycling shoe and pedal system can help improve your performance. Specialist shoes tend to have rigid insoles which transfer a lot more power to the pedals as they do not waste energy by bending the foot, the rigid insole can also protect your foot from discomfort.

If riding between dusk and dawn then bike lights are a legal requirement, a white front light and a rear red light will need to be fitted to your bike. This will help you to be seen by other road users and prevent any accidents from occurring. There are many different types of lights available on the market, from battery powered through to dynamo lights. If you cycle on a regular basis it may be worth considering purchasing some rechargeable halogen lights, they are more expensive initially however will provide savings in the long run.

Cycling gloves are made especially with padded palms to stop hands aching and hurting; the padding absorbs any road shock that can be transmitted through the handlebars. The padding can also protect your hands from any falls you may have, mountain biking gloves normally have reinforced fingers for the same reason.

If you will be transporting or carrying any loads on your bike then it would be wise to invest in some luggage carriers, such as panniers, handlebar bags, courier bags and rucksacks. Rucksacks and courier bags are ideal for smaller loads over shorter distances, however if carrying anything heavier or over longer distances then load is best carried in pannier bags clipped to the front of the bike or the rear rack.

If mudguards are not fitted to your bike then you may wish to invest in a pair to protect against spray, mud and rain in poor weather. Mudguards are fairly easy to fit; therefore they can be taken off when the weather improves.

Carrying a bicycle repair kit and pump about will be beneficial and help you if you are ever caught out with a puncture. These kits cost a minimal amount, in the region of £5, and will help you out if a puncture does occur.