There are a few road bike accessories that are useful if you plan to go long distances, when commuting to work for example. Any time you are in a time-sensitive situation, like when trying to get to work, it is important to be prepared for various eventualities. There are also some practical issues that it is a good idea to address not matter what you are doing. Thankfully, many of these accessories are quite innocuous – they do not weigh a great deal or slow you down appreciably – and often they do not cost very much either. In this article, we will present some of the accessories you should think about bringing with you any time you are out on your road bike.
Good, Strong Locks:
It is a sad thing, but bicycles are very popular targets for thieves, and the nicer your bike is, the worse the problem becomes. To a thief, a bicycle is an excellent opportunity, as they are simple, reliable machines with good resale value that even provide their own means of a getaway! As a result, going anywhere without a good quality lock is just asking for your bike to be stolen by the time you come back to it. Even when popping into a shop for a few minutes, leaving your bike unattended outside is a bad idea. Get a good lock and you will have a genuinely useful thief deterrent.
It hardly needs to be said, but your bicycle does not function without compressed air! If anything should happen, like that, you get a slow leak in one of the tires, for example, you need some way to get home again. A pump can be a real lifesaver in this situation. Most good pumps are pretty small and light these days, and fit very neatly onto your bicycle’s frame, so they will not get in the way or slow you down.
Staying properly hydrated is a vital part of cycling and working out generally. Getting dehydrated is one of the great dangers of any serious exercise and can lead to all sorts of unpleasant feelings. Especially on a hot day, it is important to be able to have a refreshing drink on hand. Get a water bottle cage for your bicycle that can hold normal sports water bottles.
The pump we mentioned above is useful when you have a slow puncture, but if the tire fails completely, it does not matter how quickly you pump it up, it is going right down again. Bicycle puncture repair kits are remarkably simple and reliable solutions to the constant problem of flats, and are so small and light that it would be silly not to carry one.
These are just a few of the road bike accessories you should have on you at all times. An awful lot of this should be common sense, and yet many people go without these sorts of basic amenities, maybe through some misplaced sense of machismo. Expert cyclists know that practicality is key, and going without these sorts of accessories is just asking for trouble.