Thursday, 16 January 2014

Cycling Accessories Tips - Part 1

Cycling Accessories Tips for the proud owner of a new bike. 
To extract the maximum enjoyment and health benefits from cycling then this is where cycling knowledge and some bike accessories come into play. Indeed as in any sport preparation will go along way toward making that first ride on your new bike everything it should be.
Every experienced cyclist knows that few things can ruin a ride faster than a flat Tyre you're not prepared to handle or a change in weather that leaves you cold and wet. Anyone can buy a bike and cycle around on it, but for the progressive and determined cyclist, part of the sport is learning to meet the challenges of riding with style and purpose.
A whole range of bike equipment is available to address the problems you'll face on the road or trail. If you are  like most cyclists, you'll certainly desire the cycling necessities, plus a few toys that catch your eye. Some bike riders happily get by with very little equipment, while others want only the best, and a lot of it. Either type is served well at at any bike retailer,most of whom are passionate about a healthy bicycle approach coupled with a  range of cycling accessories, bike parts and components.
Let's start by looking at some of the basics, this checklist contains the kinds of things a well prepared and committed cyclist should have. It's not a complete list, but it's meant as a guide for those cyclists who are somewhat serious about extracting the maximum out of cycling.

Cycling Helmets.
Starting at the top, and at the top of this list, are bicycle helmets. Wear a helmet every time you cycle. It's that simple. Every cyclist will fall off sooner or later. So it's smart to prepare accordingly. Today's bicycle helmets are not infallible, but they work awfully well. You owe it to yourself.
Pick a helmet that's comfortable. Alimay Sports cycling accessories section have different models and styles where you can find a helmet which fits properly. Wear a helmet with an expanded polystyrene liner -- that's what absorbs the shock of a blow
Fixing Bike Repairs
Now we the "fix your bike" category. Firstly, relax you don't need to carry a complete bicycle repair shop on the road but you need enough little sprockets for bicycle maintenance or repairs.
Buy a small saddlebag to carry this assorted stuff. There are excellent bags which attach under the saddle. you will also need some things to allow you to fix a flat Tyre. Basically, you'll need a patch kit. It will have in it, appropriately, patches, to plug any holes in a tube. It'll also have some glue, and some sandpaper for roughing up the surface so the patch will stick. Get a set of Tyre levers so you can pry the Tyre away from the rim. IF you don't have quick-release hubs, you'll need a wrench for taking the wheel off. A lot of riders also carry an extra tube, just in case the one you're using is totally shredded. It also gives you the choice of fixing the puncture later, and quickly replacing the leaky tube with a good one while on the road.
You'll also need a pump for the bike. They're light and come in a lot of styles. Also if you have got tubular tyres, carry along a pre-stretched and pre-glued Tyre as a spare. That saves all sorts of potential headaches.
Oh yes, buy a good bike lock if you plan to leave your bike parked out of your sight.
Cyclist Water Bottles
The next essential is a bicycle water bottle, with a cage for holding it on your bike. If you ride with much gusto, it's easy to go through a full water bottle or more each hour. Your body's the engine. It needs liquid lubrication. Not only does perspiration cause fluid loss, but a lot of moisture is exhaled as you roll along. A lot of racers use large cycling bottles, and carry two or more bottles on their bikes. There are even water-carrying systems which can be carried on your back. Your dealer can help you decide what is best.
The general rule is to drink before you're thirsty. By the time your body is telling you to drink, your engine may already be a quart or more low.
A lot of good bikes have braze-ons to accept bottle cages. If yours doesn't, they're available with clamps which fit around your tubes.

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