Are you new to road biking? It’s easy to get started with road cycling. There are other things you need.
We’ve compiled a list of key items to help you get started in road cycling. The most important thing is a bicycle. But beyond that, all you need is enthusiasm and the energy to pedal the pedals. There are some useful tips that will make your cycling more enjoyable and comfortable as you get more involved in it.
We have listed the top road cycling products in order by importance.
1. A bike
This is a simple one, but you will need a bike if you want to start cycling. It’s a great time to purchase a road bike. There are many options at affordable prices and good-quality bikes.
You can spend as little as PS10,000 on replica Tour de France tickets, but you still have plenty of options for less than that.
There are many types of bikes, and this guide will give you a great overview of all the available options.
This guide will help you make the right choice if you aren’t sure where to begin when buying a road bike.
2. Shorts with padded pockets
Cycle World can go in normal clothes if you are only planning to cycle short distances, such as to the office or college. You don’t need to wear anything special.
A pair of padded shorts is a great investment if you are serious about road cycling and want to tackle longer distances. You will be a blessing to your bum.
These shorts can be worn alone or hidden under baggy pants if desired. They provide a little cushioning against your saddle and can significantly improve comfort for longer rides. Remember to not wear underpadded shorts.
There are many options for spending money, from around PS40 to more than PS300. This is our buyer’s guide.
3. Cycling jersey
While a cotton t-shirt may be fine for shorter rides they are not designed to handle the demands of longer rides.
A cycling jersey is made of a fabric that keeps you cool in the heat and dry when you sweat. The jerseys have a long zip that allows for ventilation and three pockets in the rear for food or other supplies for longer trips.
You can also find cycling jerseys in a variety of styles, including those for cold or hot conditions. They can be worn with arm warmers and gilets.
A jersey can be purchased for as little as PS5 or PS130. Here’s our buying guide.
4. Water bottle and water bottle cage
It can be exhausting to cycle, especially in the summer heat. So it is important to stay hydrated during long rides. Many road bikes come with bolts (down tube, seat tube) that enable you to attach a special bottle cage to your bike.
A bottle of Coke, Lucozade, or even a bottle cage can be stored in a jersey pocket. However, the former isn’t very comfortable and the second isn’t as secure. You can reuse a cycling water bottle hundreds of times and it is also easy to clean.
5. Pump, spare tube, and basic tools, as well as chain oil
Two things every cyclist should have on their ride are an extra inner tube and a pump. Although it is unlikely that you will puncture your bike, they can happen. It’s worth having a spare inner tube and pump so you don’t need to call home for help.
You can find the right size spare inner tube at your local bike shop. (or read our guide below). A pump doesn’t need to be expensive. Either keep them in your jersey pocket or backpack or store the inner tube in your saddlebag. The brackets are provided for mounting the pump to the frame.
A multitool is another option. Multitools can be described as the cyclist’s equivalent to a Swiss Army Knife. They have a variety of tools that can be used for adjustments, such as raising or lowering your saddle height or changing the gears.
You will want to maintain the chain’s smooth operation if you are serious about cycling and regularly ride. A small bottle of chain oil (or lube, as it is commonly known) can be purchased at any bike shop. It lasts for a long time, and it doesn’t cost too much.
Everyone wants to know how far and fast they have ridden, so why not?
Although this isn’t a must-have product, it is a great way to track your distance and speed. It’s great fun to track the distance you ride, and then use it to gauge your progress when you start road cycling.
The computer can show you your speed, average and maximum speeds, how many climbs you have done, and other measures like heart rate and cadence. These computers don’t need to be expensive, as the guide below shows.
A smartphone can be used to record your ride. This is one option. However, a dedicated computer attached to your bike can withstand rain and lasts a long time. The more expensive computers can use GPS to record your ride and then be connected to a computer to download the data.
Although we considered including a helmet on this list, it is not required by law. We feel that you can choose whether or not to use a helmet while cycling. You can wear a helmet if you feel more secure. You can get a good cycling helmet for as low as PS20. Just make sure that they conform to European standards and look for stickers inside.
Are there any other things we haven’t covered? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section.
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