Essentials, ranging from safety wear to comfort wear, can help make your ride more enjoyable! Each type of cycling has unique accessories, both for the bike and for the rider. Be sure that you know what type of cycling is right for you and that you’re equipped for what lies ahead.
Road cycling is often defined by skinny tires and drop handlebars and they’re focused on efficiency with their lightweight and aerodynamic designs. Most road cyclists wear bike specific clothing such as padded shorts and jerseys with back pockets to enhance the riding experience. For added comfort and efficiency, many riders will incorporate clip-in shoes, gloves and riding eyewear. Heres what you need to get rolling on the road:
A mountain bike can be spotted by its thick, heavily treaded tires, and heavy duty frame. Mountain cyclists come prepared to get dirty and often wear loose clothing to allow for comfort and movement. Because mountain biking is off road, there is little access to nutrition and hydration supplies, so either a backpack of water and food are Specialized apparel with SWAT technology are common. Here is what you’ll need to take the shred sled to Gnarville, population: you.
Commuter bikes are built for all-around stability and efficiency. Road bikes are common commuter bikes but even recreational or off-road bikes can be used. If you will be using an off-road bike consider more narrow tires with a smooth tread, which will aid in the efficiency of the ride. Attire for commuting varies from rider to rider based on comfort and work wear requirements. In general, make sure to wear close-toed shoes and avoid loose pants, which could catch in your chain. In addition to these things, check the checklist to see what else you might need when getting to/from work/schoo/the gym/or anywhere else you’re headed on the bike.