As apparently every successful cyclist knows, its not just the bike that gets you from point A to point B in a quick and stylish manner. You also need:
- a Helmet (really, I see too many people without still)
- Cycling Shoes that clip neatly onto your pedals
- a water bottle or two
- spiffy skin tight shorts with chamois inserts so your bum doesn’t bum you out at the end of your ride
- Some sort of shirt / jersey with handy pockets in back for storing extra stuff
- a Cycling Computer to tell you how far you’ve gone, how much you’ve climbed, how much power your burning legs have generated, how many calories you’ve used, what the name of the road was that you were supposed to turn off on two miles back, and whether or not you should invest in the Facebook IPO.
- A neon green vest or jacket so that the car that runs you down will see you clearly as it does so.
- (Flashing) lights – white for front, red for rear
- Arm warmers when its cold
- a tire pump, spare tube, and repair kit – as the Guy at the Bike Shop told me, there are two kinds of bike riders, those who have had a flat and those who are going to have a flat. Don’t tempt fate, carry a spare. Oh, and don’t forget tire irons.
- Snacks of some sort for longer rides – when you’re two hours into your ride and you can’t turn the pedals any more, that’s when you know you needed to eat something an hour ago.
There’s probably quite a bit more, this is just what I’m aware of now. In the coming days I’m going to write about what I’ve chosen in each area – I’m working from a semi-budget conscious point of view – and the number of choices is astounding.
till then, happy trails.