So you have just bought a brand new bicycle. Now what? Well, you need to make sure that you have all the necessary tools and accessories before you climb aboard and ride away. First of all, you have to keep your safety in mind especially if you are going to ride through roads with mild to heavy traffic. And of course, you should be ready for problems that may occur along the road like flat tires, broken axles, or non-responding brakes.
Here are some of the most essential accessories you should have whenever you go on cycling trips:
1) Maintenance and emergency tools
If you are going for a ride that’s longer than three kilometers, it’s advisable that you bring a repair kit with you. This kit may include a spare tube, a tire lever, and a pump. These accessories are available in portable models and you can easily put them in a rucksack or you can attach them to the frame of your bike.
2) Bike lights
This is something you must have if you prefer cycling very early in the morning or at night. Bike lights serve two main purposes: as reflectors so that motorists and other cyclists can see you and as illuminators so that you can see the road ahead of you.
3) Bike lock
If you regularly use your bike to get to work or to move around for errands, you are going to need a bike lock. You can either get a U-lock type or a chain lock. A chain lock would be more practical since it offers a wider range of locking options.
4) A high-quality helmet
There are two main reasons why you should wear one. First, it’s for your safety. And two, you are required by Malaysian law to wear one when you are riding through heavily-trafficked roads and streets.
5) A rucksack or a pannier
You are going to need this to carry stuff like water bottles, extra apparel, repair kits, tools, and other important accessories. It’s advisable that you get a pannier which is specifically designed to be used on bikes. These bags aren’t difficult to find if you know where to look for bicycle parts online.
Before you go on long bike rides, make sure that you are appropriately equipped with the right accessories. You should have all of the things mentioned above. You can find these in most bicycle stores. Try searching online if you want more options.