It goes without saying that the number one item you need when you are cycling is your helmet. Putting fashion aside, safety is of utmost importance when you are on the road, motorists have an entire metal machine in between them and any danger; as a cyclist it’s just you versus whatever hits you. It sounds a little morbid and maybe a little obvious, but about 100 cyclists are killed in road accidents every year, and over 3000 are left with serious injuries. In order to prevent yourself from becoming a statistic, keep safety in mind at all times and always wear your helmet. Your brain is really the most important part of your body and helmets really do save lives. When it comes to grabbing one that will do the job, it’s easy to find them in any biking or sports shop. Today hundreds of variations and styles are available from as low as £15, which is an exceedingly small price to pay when it could be the difference between life and death.
Many new riders may not anticipate just how necessary a good pair of cycling glasses are. Designed to stay in place and remain fairly aerodynamic, the classic wraparound style is very common for riders. If you are thinking of getting a decent pair that will work for you all year round, you may want to invest in some with interchangeable lenses. This means you can have the advantage that each tint gives you and swap them out when necessary, meaning you don’t have to have multiple pairs or get used to different designs. Shaded lenses work like sunglasses, preventing glare and providing UV protection, yellow tinted ones help your vision on overcast days, and clear ones are to cover your eyes in low lighting. Entry-level pairs don’t have to break the bank either, you can find cheap pairs online.
No doubt you know that staying hydrated is paramount to staying healthy. Your body is over 55% water and as you exercise, you lose it much faster. Bodily functions become impaired when you are dehydrated, this includes building tissues needed for muscle growth, so if you are cycling to gain strength, don’t forget your water. In 2018 it’s not hard to find bottled water, but drinking on the go can be tough, you may consider getting a hydration backpack to solve this.
You may think that a repair kit is the last part of the puzzle, but lately the addition of your phone on long rides is far more useful. With a multitude of apps and features already built into smartphones, those seeking to quantify their progress must have them by their side. Simply mapping your ride or using GPS to find a new route are features that years ago were not possible, today you can gather data about your calories, heart rate, stamina and more, all without evasive equipment. And if, for example, you somehow do find yourself stranded with a broken bike, at least your phone can call a taxi.