Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Cycling Accessories Tips - Part 2

Cycling Accessories Tips for the proud owner of a new bike. Part 2.
This is part 2 of cycling accessories tips for any cyclist whether you are in the UK,Ireland,America,Australia or anywhere else to get the maximum enjoyment and health benefits from cycling.

Cycling Shoes
Shoes for the cyclist are next on the list. Ask any seasoned cyclist how much better true cycling shoes are. Normal shoes have too much flexibility at the front of the shoe. Cycling shoes don't. When you're spinning circles with a pedal, a flexible sole doesn't do much for you, except to make your foot tired.
There are a couple of option with cycling shoes. Some attach to "clip-less" pedals -- a little like ski bindings. Some work with toe-clips or platform pedals. Some way of attaching your foot to the pedal is good, because you can press down as well as pull up, you can crank pretty hard without worrying about the shoe coming off the pedal, and it keeps your foot properly positioned.
The key to buying a good cycling shoe is fairly straightforward. Pick the type you want. Looks are important, but blisters and other assorted foot problems are a very high price to pay. At Alimay Sports you will be easily able to find the right cycling shoes which are both attractive and comfortable.

Cycling Clothing
Cycling clothing especially designed for the cycling community really are the business and really adds to the cycling experience. In terms of comfort and function, top-quality bicycle apparel is incredibly well-matched to the task of bicycle riding.
In order of priority, bicycle accessories related purchases could be a helmet and shoes (which we've already discussed in part 1), cycling gloves, and not forgetting some sort of eye protection. The helmet and gloves top the list, because they help protect the cyclist from the ground in case of a fall. Eye protection, such as goggles, keeps bugs and dirt out of your eyes, which also has safety implications. Shoes are so practical that they can't be ignored either. Beyond that, there's a whole world of dazzling cycling clothing that can help make you a more efficient, more comfortable, and safer cyclist.
Why choose cycling-specific clothes beyond this? There can be a lot of wind (of the weather variety) out there in the world. Loose-fitting clothing flaps around, makes lots of noise, traps a lot of air, and makes you feel clammy from the perspiration. Shirts can ride up in the back. There usually aren't enough pockets in the right places. Drab colours may have looked more normal to a conservative eye, but they don't do a thing for visibility in traffic.
So, if you are a city cyclist, consider bright clothes. For cutting through wind, look at reasonably tight jerseys with high-tech fabrics for comfort. There's a lot to pick from. The issue is function.
That also means wearing cycling shorts with padding. You can get casual-style or racing-style shorts --somewhat traditional looking, or very tight. Cycling jerseys, fit tighter, are longer in the back, don't hold too much moisture, and come in designs for improved visibility. For colder weather, there are specialised cyclist jackets, tights and pants, heavier gloves -- a whole variety of great cycling stuff available on Alimay Sports.

Other cycling accessories
A keen cyclist will also have a few more little essentials stored away. One would be a floor pump and a Tyre pressure gauge. If your pump doesn't have a gauge built in, there are separate gauges available for not too much money on the Alimay Sports website. Proper bicycle Tyre inflation lets you know you're rolling along efficiently, without excessive drag. It also lets you know you haven't pumped the tyres up way beyond their rated level, risking a blowout in the process. A gauge can also warn you of slow leaks. Most experienced cyclists check the Tyre pressure every time they ride, along with tightness of key bolts.
A good chain lubricant is another basic. Chain wear, and the related wear on your sprockets, has a lot to do with how a chain is maintained. There's no big mystery about this. Keep the surface of the chain wiped off. Lubricate it with something designed for bicycle chains (no 3-in-1 oil, for example). Don't let it dry out or rust. Don't blast it with water from a high-pressure hose. A squeaky bike is a tell-tale sign that you don't know what you're doing. The chain should last thousands of miles, with proper care.
If you want to occasionally clean the chain more thoroughly, there are chain cleaners available which remove grime (as well as the lubricant) with a solvent. These are especially useful for off-road riding, where the chain (and everything else) can get caked with crud.The lubricant can also do double-duty in keeping your other moving parts moving. You might also want to use something to keep the frame clean and waxed, and to discourage corrosion. You want something that's easy to spray on, and wipe off.
So there you have the Alimay Sports list of cycling accessories covered in two parts. We hope you enjoyed the read. Happy cycling.

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