Most of Australia is very excited about Christmas, and since there’s no snow here in Melbourne, cycling is definitely one of the festive season’s best activities. Better yet, there are great accessories now available either for yourself or for a friend who’s a keen cyclist. Check them out to see which would be a great buy:

 

  • Clothing

Reflective clothing or bright clothing is very important, especially if you are riding in low light or in traffic. Bright, reflective colours like orange or yellow will give you a greater chance of being seen by motorists and that you’re spotted on the trail by other bikers. Plus, our jackets and warmers are great for wet and wintery weather, while our jerseys, shorts and tights will keep you comfortable in all conditions.

 

  • Mirrors

If you are commuting or touring at length you may find a mirror useful so you can check where the traffic is coming from. Little clips are easy to place on to your handlebars or even your helmet.

 

  • Locks

This is not to say that crime is rampant in Melbourne, but it’s a good idea to invest in a bike lock. Just don’t lose your key because you won’t be able to open these tough buggers. If you’re prone to misplacing things, a combination lock might be the best choice.

 

  • Repair kits

When you are on the road and something happens, instead of trying to hail someone’s attention, use your handy repair or puncture kit, which usually includes things such as tire levers, spare tube and a multi-tool for making basic adjustments and repairs.

 

  • Bike pumps

You know these are essential to have. But we’d advise you to check with your bike shop about the appropriate tyre pressure to use when inflating your tyres on the go.

 

  • Helmets

A bike helmet is the most important safety item for any cyclist. There are helmets available for different riding styles, for example: you can purchase a mountain biking helmet which gives great protection for more advanced courses, to basic helmets that will keep leisure riders safe.

 

  • Water bottles/holders

A water bottle holder is the best way of carrying water for long distance. You may even want to fit a second or third one on your frame. Alternatively, you may consider using water bladders in a backpack or saddlebag.

 

  • Lights

Riding at night and even during the daytime requires good lighting, seeing as cars don’t notice bikers the way you notice them. So, stay on the safe side and ensure your lighting works effectively in the right places.

 

  • Fenders/mudguards

In terrain where there is likely to be dusty roads and mud everywhere, having fenders is essential. It will not only prevent your bike from looking like a wreck, but it will also protect the inside of your bike from mud that could damage your chain.

 

  • Cycling computers

With the advances of cycling computers, you can now attach a piece to your frame or handlebar that will record data such as your speed, cycles per minute, time and distance – basically, everything. Plus, it’s easy to attach.

 

 

Whether for yourself or your avid cyclist friend, you just can’t go wrong with buying these exciting accessories. See our full range of accessories or contact us if you're still stuck for ideas.