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Accessories Increase Your Riding Fun!

One of the great things about cycling is that you'll find an almost unlimited selection of add-ons to customize your bicycle and help you enjoy riding. But what accessories do you really need?

We've put together this list to help, and grouped things into two categories: Essential Accessories, which are those items you shouldn't leave home without; and Other Goodies, which are things many cyclists also enjoy having.

You can even print this out as a shopping list to cross off stuff you already have and to remember those products you'd like to get later. Have a birthday coming up? Leave your wish list where family and friends will see it.

Essential Accessories for Road and Off-Road Biking

Assuming you've already got a bike, you only need these few key accessories (listed by importance) to be safe and comfortable while riding and to be able to deal with the one breakdown that might occur, the flat tire. (Relax! Flats aren't that hard to fix. Ask us to tell you how.)


What it is:

Why you need it:

Helmet

A lifesaver in an accident

Good lock and holder

A bike saver

Pump that fits your frame

Use to fix flats

Spare tube

To replace punctured tubes

Tire levers

Eases tire removal

Water bottle and cage

Makes it easy to stay hydrated

Patch kit

For patching popped tubes

Gloves

Adds comfort and protects hands

Mini all-in-one tool

Just in case an adjustment is needed

Seat bag

A way to carry all this stuff

Eyewear

Protection from airborne debris

Cycling shorts

They’re padded for comfort

Energy bars

Calories in case you tire

Sun block

Prevents sunburn