Just take a walk or just ride a bike. We hear it all the time, some of the simplest exercises in the world are the healthiest for you. Championed for significant cardiovascular and fitness benefits, as well as accessibility, activities like cycling are equally touted for their affordability. In the beginning, at least!
However, the more committed you become to riding, the longer your routes become, there’s a unique set of bells and whistles you’re going to need to invest in.
For cyclists, the accessories and gear needed for longer than a ride around the neighborhood a couple of times a week can be extensive. That’s not to put you off at all, if anything, the gear makes the ride that much more inviting. Those bells and whistles make your rides stronger, more comfortable, safer, and more productive.
We polled leisure cyclists to the more intense triathletes, and this is what they won’t ride without.
- Insulated water bottles, which will “keep my water from tasting like hot tea,” advised Lacy Hansen. A hydrated ride is a better ride, as your muscles aren’t as likely to cramp up. As well, you’ll stay cooler throughout the ride.
- Padded shorts keep your bum cushioned against those hard, narrow seats. “It makes your butt look funny, but trust me, you won’t care after one long ride without them!” reported Gina Nutile.
- Sports Bras keep the ladies out of your way while you’re on the road. There’s still enough bounce, jostle, and opportunity for rubbing on a bike as in a gym class. Avoid that nightmare altogether with the ENELL LITE, which is ideal for cyclists.
- Helmets are a must and one place you should truly make an investment. There’s nothing else between your head and the ground when the unexpected happens.
- Sunscreen that stands up to sweat and the distance. Just “don’t put sunscreen on your forehead under your helmet. It will get into your eyes and ruin your life!” cautions Amy Hamilton.
- Front and Rear Bike Flashers because, as Adrian Ornelas put simply, you “gotta stay visible!”
- Lace locks allow for a faster transition. You won’t get hung up in loose shoes or, worse, untied shoes. There are actual “locks” from a variety of brands; there’s also a specific lace lock technique you can try yourself.
- Clip shoes that double as hiking shoes, allowing you to walk around, stay clipped, and not have to mess with a change of shoes.