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When you start cycling, you don’t need all the fancy cycling equipment you see in magazines. Whilst they are nice to have, you just need the basics to get you started. Then as you progress, you may want to upgrade some of your equipment as you go.

Besides the usual key safety cycle equipment such as a bicycle helmet, bike bell, and bike lights and reflectors, these are some other important bits which you’ll need when you start cycling. you can also read our guide on 5 cycling tips to get started.

A bike lock is essential

A sturdy bike lock is a very important piece of equipment, especially if you’re commuting or doing longer journeys. You’ll want to make sure you get one before you head out on your first ride.

Whilst bike locks can be quite expensive, they are 100% worth it, and something you should invest in.

If you’re away from your cycle when you’re out and about, make sure it’s locked to a designated bike stand, or non-moveable object. If you have cycle insurance, then your lock must be a Sold Secure approved lock.

When storing your bike overnight, it should be securely stored inside your home. If it’s stored inside a garage or shed on your property, it must be securely locked when left.

Cycling tool kits are super convenient

Just like you have a tool kit for your home, it’s a good idea to have a tool kit for your bike. This allows you to quickly and easily fix any issues with your bike. There are loads of guides online to fix common bike problems, but if you’re unsure, get advice from a professional.

What should your tool kit include? At minimum, you should have a puncture repair kit, hex keys, spanners and screwdrivers. If you start with the most commonly used sizes, you can always build up your kit over time. From general home DIY, you should have most of the tools you’ll need already.

Layered clothing is great for colder weather

We know how unpredictable the weather can be, one minute it’s sunny and warm, and the next minute it’s cold from the clouds. This is why layered clothing is so important. Lightweight layers make it super easy to control your temperature better.

Simply find a safe place to stop, so you can either take off or add a layer. Even if it’s warm when you head out, you’ll be thankful for that extra layer in your bag.

This is the same with a raincoat, you’ll want it to be lightweight and easy to get on and off. This way you can put it in your bag and it’s not going to weigh you down. When shopping for cycling equipment, you don’t need the most expensive items, a thermal top from an affordable shop such as Sports Direct will do just fine!

Panniers or rucksack for longer rides

If you need to carry bits with you, a rucksack is a brilliant option. Putting objects in your pockets can be dangerous when you’re cycling as they could cause a hazard if they fall out. You can get small rucksacks from most outdoors shops, including Decathalon and Go Outdoors.

For the unpredictable British weather, you’ll probably want a waterproof backpack cover. These will help keep your belongings dry, and it’ll also help keep the backpack clean. You can also get neon covers which helps improve your road visibility, keeping you safer.

Panniers are also a great choice as they just sit on the side of your bike. This removes any added weight directly through your body. Again, you’ll definitely want these to be waterproof, especially as they’re a lot closer to the ground than a backpack is. The last thing you’d want is your spare layers to get drenched when you go through a puddle.

Stay hydrated: Keep your water bottle in a holder

Hydration is key, especially when you’re out on a ride. Make sure that you have some water with you when you go out, and that it fits in your water bottle holder. Often you can buy both the cage and the bottle together so then you know it fits. This water bottle and holder from Raleigh is a great example of this.

If you need them, you can get energy powders to add into your water which helps give you that extra boost. High 5 energy drink powder will give you just that if you need it, as it improves your performance, helping you give it your all. This is great if you are wanting to go a little bit further on your rides.

A comfortable bike seat makes the world of difference

A key piece of cycling equipment we often overlook is our saddle. When you get your bike make sure to test out the saddle. It’s also a good idea to research online for the best saddles. Saddles are often gendered, but also make sure to try the unisex saddles as well.

An uncomfortable saddle can lead to bruises, saddle sores, and a new hatred for your bike. You may need to try out a few saddles before you settle on your favourite.

There are so many different shapes and sizes of saddles, so pick one that fits with your anatomy. A great saddle makes all the difference.

The key is your safety

Cycling equipment is there to make your ride enjoyable, but also safe. You’re going to be safer if you’re the right temperature, if you’re hydrated, and if you’re comfortable on your bike. This is the same for your essentials for safety such as your helmet and lights. Their sole purpose is to help keep you safe.

Even if you are the safest cyclist on the roads, it’s sometimes impossible to know what other road users are going to do. If we know we are cycling safely, focusing on the road and what’s happening and that we have safe equipment, then that’s all we can do.

Have you been in a cycle accident?

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being involved in a cycle accident, that’s what we are here for at Cycle Accident Claims. The impact an accident can have on you is huge, and we work hard to make sure you get the compensation which you deserve.

If you’re anxious to ride again after an accident and need help getting back on your bike, make sure to check out our article on How to Overcome Your Cycling Fears.

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