Whatever your reason for cycling, be it professionally, for leisure or to stay in shape, there’s more that goes into the sport than just purchasing the bike. The right equipment can help you maximize your potential and get the most out of your cycling experience. Having the right accessories is less about looking cool and more about keeping yourself and others on the road safe. Below, we outline five bike accessories you need right now and why.
By and far, a helmet should be the first thing you buy after your bike. Even if you’re just planning to ride around the neighborhood, if you get into a crash with a helmet on, it can drastically cut down on the severity of head injuries like concussions. If you’re unsure of how to buy a proper-fitting helmet, talk to a professional. Staff members at Bay Area Bicycles in Corpus Christi are always available to answer questions.
If you’re doing any amount of cycling at night or in the early morning, it’s smart to have lights on your bike. The good thing about bicycle lights is that they come in pairs, so you cover both the front and back of your bike. Rechargeable light sets offer brighter bulbs and are good for riders who spend longer periods of time in pitch-black conditions. Be sure to look for weather-resistant models.
Any serious cyclist, or even one looking for a good workout, is interested in their progress, mileage, speed and various other performance indicators. For tracking your metrics, a mountable bike computer is the way to go. Depending on how much information you want to measure and record, computers range from small and lightweight, to heavier and bulkier. Some computers track everything from your pace to heart rate, pedaling cadence, and power, but because of their high-tech capabilities, you may need to look into purchasing other accessories that sync with the computer.
4. Frame bag with tube and tools and/or pump
Getting a flat tire or a broken chain while out cycling can be a serious nuisance, but a frame bag filled with all your essentials can get you back on the bike in no time. Bags vary from hanging on one bar of your frame to attaching to two or three for a secure fit. You’ll want to fill your bag with a spare tire tube, a hand-held pump and any other tools you think you may need on the road.
There are many reasons professional cyclists wear Lycra and spandex and none of them are because they think they look cool in it. For one, the fabric moves with you and allows maximum flexibility and comfort but doesn’t fall down or bunch causing uncomfortable chafing. The skin-tight fabric also has an advanced technology to keep you cool, warm and dry depending on the weather. The smooth, form-fitting fabric also cuts down on wind resistance, which means you can go faster with less drag.
If you’re searching for the best bike gear, look no further than Bay Area Bicycles in Corpus Christi. From professional cyclists to everyday hobbyists, they can help you find what you need. The team also provides free safety inspections and can educate you on diagnosing frequent bike issues.
The shop has been locally owned and operated since 1987 and the staff there can help you with everything bike-related. Visit them online at BayAreaBicyclesCCTX.com, in person at 6020 S Padre Island Drive, or call them at (361) 993-7000.
Corpus Christi. TX 78412
Custom Bike Fit Services
Our experts at Bay Area Bicycles offer custom bike fit services to reduce your chances of form-related injuries and make your riding experience much more enjoyable. We believe that getting the perfect fit is so important that we employ two certified bike fitting technicians to fit your bike.
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