If you’re planning to start this new year on two wheels, make sure you’re doing it right. You can update your ride without purchasing an expensive new bike. In 2016, treat yourself to the little things; get the best accessories and ride to your fullest.
- Water Bottle: We all know hydration is key, but keeping a bottle of water within reach while you’re pedaling can be tricky. I like to use a Water Bottle Bag to keep my H2O accessible. The one I have has an adjustable strap, a clip for keys and even a front pocket to hold my cellphone and ID. I snagged it for about twenty bucks and have definitely got my money out of it.
- Handlebar Bag: I like to go for long rides on local trails during the summer and I always end up toting around a lot of stuff. I am known to pack up a small backpack and ride with that, but it can be uncomfortable for long periods of time. I recently found a really great Handlebar Bag and now I cannot bike without it. The on-the-go organizer is designed to clip around bike handlebars, stroller handles and more. It has four zippered pockets inside that have clear front windows so you can easily find you stuff. Plus, the outside has a mesh, elastic pouch so you can keep your phone or MP3 player handy while you ride. I love this a lot — I can’t ride without my music and I’m not a fan of the arm bands most bikers opt for.
- Bungee Cords: This one is just as much for serious riders as it is for casual riders. Bungee Cords are great to keep on you just in case; You never know what you’re going to come across on your ride when you’re far away from your car or home. Once, while on a ride by myself, my seat came lose. I grabbed a bungee cord out of my bag and wrapped it around, securing it to the frame of my bike. The spontaneous hodge-podge fix wasn’t a long term answer, but it helped me get through my ride and back to the car. Bungee cords are also great to have in case you stop somewhere along the way and end up toting goods back home. (I’m a fan of hitting the cider mill on my bike in the fall).
- Anti-Fog: If you’re riding during the colder months, you may not have consider my last recommendation: Anti-Fog Spray. I do a lot of biking near busy roads, so I have added mirrors to both sides of my handlebars. It doesn’t happen a lot, but when it’s colder outside they have fogged up on me, which can be dangerous. As a cyclist, it is so important to know what is going on around you. While we know the rules of the road are in our favor, not every driver obeys them. One afternoon I grabbed my anti-fog spray that I use in my car and tried it out on my bike — it was life changing! No more second guessing while riding near traffic. For less than $5, there’s no reason not to pick this up. Safety first!
What are your must-have cycling accessories?