The Cycling Accesories That Will Make Cycling Safe, Fun and Convenient

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Cycling is an excellent way to burn calories and stay in shape whilst taking in the sights, smells and sounds of the outdoors.

Cycling can also be a viable and efficient mode of transport depending on the distance and circumstances involved. For example, it might not make sense to arrive at a black-tie affair on a mountain bike. Biking to work or to a friend’s house, however, may be ideal.

No matter what the reason for taking a bike ride, there are steps you can take to make the experience safer, more enjoyable and more convenient.

 

Play It Safe On The Streets

Safety is paramount when it comes to most sports, and cycling is no exception. This is especially true when sharing the road with automobiles.

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A helmet is a must for every cyclist, but helmets only help in the event of an accident. Ideally, you want to avoid ever being in an accident in the first place!

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Reflectors are one easy way to help motorists see your bike at night. Bicycle headlights and taillights take this idea one step further and are highly recommended for nighttime riding.
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A bike rack behind the seat or a basket fixed to the handlebars can store belongings so both of your hands are free to steer safely.

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Consider a cup holder so you have somewhere to stash your drink while cycling – and always bring enough to drink so you stay hydrated while pedaling away!

 

Get More Mileage Out Of Your Favorite Music

For those long rides, consider accessories that will help you enjoy your music collection while on the road.

Both for safety and convenience, consider speakers that attach to your handlebars. This way, you don’t need to wear earbuds with the volume cranked up; this can be a dangerous habit because you might miss important street sounds that would alert you to danger.

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If you prefer to wear earbuds, you might leave one ear open whilst navigating roads with cars or heavy bike and pedestrian traffic.

Another neat idea is to buy a special accessory that attaches to your bike and actually creates music from the wind as it passes through little plastic valves. These musical bicycle accessories are a fun novelty that will provide hours of entertainment.

 

Make Cycling More Convenient

As with anything in life, cycling does have a few potential pitfalls. Luckily, there are several things you can do to make this sport more convenient.
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Carry along a mini tire pump should your wheels go flat at an inopportune time, such as when you’re still miles from your destination.

It can be hard to track just how far you’ve gone when you’re busy feeling the wind in your face and letting your mind wander. If you have certain mileage goals in mind, consider a compact on-board computer to automatically tally your distance as you go along.

Always carry a bike lock so you can stash your wheels wherever you and your beloved bicycle may end up. When a lock has a word or number combination, be sure to jot the code down and bring it with you.

Finally, periodically evaluate your cycling habits to determine if you need to adjust your approach.

This should include evaluating the type of tires you’re using, making sure your protective gear is adequate and in good repair, as well as considering if there are any little “extras” that would make your overall riding experience more enjoyable. Then, visit USJCycles to find the perfect bike or accessory for your changing needs. Happy cycling!