Cycling Essentials

Make your ride as comfortable, enjoyable and safe as possible with these simple cycling essentials. Comfort is key!

Helmet

Your helmet is the most important safety tool you can use when riding your bicycle. Today's helmets offer a combination of protection, comfort, ventilation, and even style. If you're using a helmet from a few years ago, or if you've caused any damage to your helmet, it's time for a new one.

Check your fit

A properly fitted helmet should be worn low on your forehead and should sit a couple of finger-widths above your eyebrow. Your helmet should not be able to rock side to side, and no more than two fingers should fit under the chin strap when buckled.

Safety first

By law, every cyclist under age 18 must wear an approved helmet. Although helmets are not compulsory for adults over 18, a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of injury and it is strongly recommended that all riders wear helmets.

Water Bottle and Cage

Stay hydrated on your bicycle to make the most of your rides. Consuming liquids continuously throughout your ride, even when you're not thirsty will stop your muscles from cramping and minimize discomfort. Carry at least one water bottle with you by attaching a water bottle cage (or two!) to your bicycle.

Bike Repair Kit

Bicycle repair kits come in easy-to-carry seat bags and contain all the tools needed to help you mend bicycle performance issues you may encounter on your ride. A good repair kit will contain the following:

  • An appropriate sized back-up inner tube
  • CO2 inflator or hand pump
  • Tire levers
  • Multi-tool 

Pump

Check your tire pressure before each ride to help your tires last longer and perform better. Make sure the air pressure in your tires is correct by checking the minimum and maximum PSI (pounds per square inch) before you pump; identified on the sidewall of the tire.

How to pump your tires

  • Remove the cap and loosen the air valve
  • Attach the pump head and pull the thumb lock to secure the pump in place
  • Use your pump until the recommended PSI is reached
  • Unlock the pump, tighten the air valve and screw the cap back on

Looking for added comfort?

Consider the following clothing and accessory options to keep you cool, comfortable and maximize your time on your ride.

Shorts

  • Flat seams to protect skin
  • Grippers to stay in place while you ride
  • Padding for comfort

Jersey

  • Flexible and form-fitting to avoid flapping in the wind
  • Back pockets to carry small items
  • Breathable and moisture-wicking

Eyewear

  • Protection from the elements, including sun, wind, dirt and bugs
  • Increased visibility
  • Option to accommodate prescription lenses

Shoes and Pedals

  • Road cycling shoes (with clipless pedals):
    • Extensive support with stiff soles
    • Correct foot placement through pedal clips
    • Greater control and less energy lost
  • Recreational cycling shoes:
    • versatile, comfortable and easy to walk in
    • Flexibility to choose weight, cut and design that best fits rider's needs

 

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