5 Must-Haves For Every Rider

bikeBefore you hit the trails this summer read through this list of a few bike must-haves. Of course there are many other accessories you could add to your biking collection but these are a few important essentials everyone needs.

  1. Helmet
    Let’s start at the top, a helmet is one of the most important pieces of equipment you should put on before heading out for a ride. Whether you are riding a short distance or biking a week-long ride, be sure to have a properly fitting helmet.
  2. Mirror
    Similar to a car, a mirror will help you be more aware of your surroundings and assist with switching lanes. There are many different types of bike mirrors and it is just based on personal preference on which type you feel comfortable using.
  3. Water
    Hydrating is one of those important things people forget about while riding. The key is to drink before you get thirsty. Most bikes are equipped with a spot or two to hold a bottle cage, which allows you reach for your water bottle without having to get off your bike.
  4. Repair Kit
    When it comes to fixing your bike, it’s usually best to leave that up to the professional but when you are out riding in the middle of nowhere a few essential tools could come in handy. A simple multi-tool equipped with a few Allen keys, a patch kit and small pump should be able to get you back on the road.
  5. Bright Clothing
    Clothing isn’t at the top of the must-have list but what you wear as you ride is impor tant. Not all cities are bike-friendly so the more you stand out the better. Wearing bright clothing will help that driver actually move over before passing you.