Blog

Top 10 Must-Have Cycling Accessories

 

As we all know, cycling has nothing to do with transport. It’s all about satisfying the urge to buy gadgets!
Here’s ten accessories you really shouldn’t be without.

1. Lights

Lights aren’t just to make you visible to motorists in the dark, but a good headlight will help you see where you’re going down country lanes.

Modern LED headlights offer unrivaled brightness to weight/power ratio compared to other lights. I’d strongly recommend going LED, that is if you can afford it. A good LED bicycle headlight can cost in excess of £100.

Rear LED lights are typically a lot cheaper and there is little difference between different price ranges. A typical rear light shouldn’t set you back more than about £10.

 

2. Air Pump

Small hand-held pumps are ideal to attach to your bike for emergencies, but they are utterly useless for getting a decent pressure in your tyres. A good track pump is easy to use and takes only 20 seconds to get 100psi into your tyres. So much easier and efficient. Plus the addition of the included hose prevents you from bending and wobbling your tyre’s valve. If you don’t have a track pump, foot pumps prove a good alternative, if you have the correct valve adapter of course.

 

3. Puncture Repair Kit

This is one accessory which you rarely need. But when you do, you cannot do without it. The last thing you want is to stuck 20 miles from home, with a puncture. I personally recommend ‘Slime Skabs’. They simply peel and stick to your inner tube, without the usual chalk and stuff. Ideal for that emergency roadside repair to get you going again.

Along with a puncture repair kit, I’d recommend carrying a tyre lever. This makes getting the tyre off the wheel a lot easier.

 

4. Bike Lock

It only takes 30 seconds as you pop into a shop for someone to grab your bike and make off. A bike lock is a necessity in my opinion.

The mega lightweight extending locks are easy to carry and should be fine for the occasional shop or public toilet visit, but don’t rely on one to keep your bike safe for extended periods of time. Get yourself a chunky cable-based lock. Whilst no lock is 100% safe from the most determined thieves, a decent lock should stall a potential thief for as long as possible.

 

5. Saddle Bag

Carrying all of these accessories is going to be difficult without a decent place to store them. Topeak do an excellent saddle bag called the ‘Aero Wedge’. These things are deceivingly roomy, holding a phone, keys, tools, puncture repair kit and more, with room left over!

 

6. Tools

Whilst not a necessity, a small travel toolkit comes in handy surprisingly often. There are loads of types available, but I’ve found that the swiss-army style fold-out tools to be the most convenient. Make sure you have a couple of hex keys (Allen keys) too.

 

7. GPS Tracker

By GPS tracker, I mean a smartphone app. You can get GPS tracking security hardware which tracks stolen bikes, however professional bike thieves are not stupid and I know somebody personally who had a high-end bike stolen, the thieves removed parts from the bike known to potentially contain a security tracker. Whilst useful, I don’t consider these gadgets essential so I have not included any in this list.

In my experience, the best iPhone/Android GPS tracking app by far has to be Strava. This free app not only logs your ride, but log into their website and compare your ride (or portions of it) against loads of other cyclists. You can track speed, distance, plus premium users can see advanced statistics such as cadence and heart rate (with the additional hardware.)

Strava will add an extra dimension to your cycling and every cyclist needs to at least give it a try.

8. Energy Gels

If you’re heading out on a long bike ride, you should definitely pack a few energy gel sachets. They’re small, so they don’t take up much pocket/bag space, yet they contain e great hit of energy to keep you going that extra 20 miles. Cheaper alternatives are available such as sweets like Jelly babies or fruit such as tangerines or bananas.

9. First Aid Kit

It’s inevitable that at some point in the future, you (or someone around you) will experience some kind of accident. When that does happen, I guarantee you that you will be thankful you packed a first aid kit. For the sake of a couple of quid, you really have no excuse to to pick one up and shove it in your saddle bag.

10. A Bell

I rode for months without a bell without too many problems. However once I started using cycle paths, I realised how useful they are for preventing accidents.

If you’re approaching someone for an overtake, or someone walking their dog, a quick ‘ding’ is the difference between them being aware of your presence, and swerving in your way, blissfully unaware that you’re even there.

What our clients say

“I was involved in a road traffic accident and was very please with the way my claim was handled.”

Start your claim today!

APPLY ONLINE
in under 5 minutes

APPLY ONLINE NOW

If you’d prefer to pick up the phone, please call our claims hotline at any time

Call us today: 01695 587 637

Claim hotline open 24 hours,
7 days per week

PEOPLE WE HAVE HELPED Bike

START YOUR CLAIM TODAY!

ONLINE IN ONLY 30 SECONDS

or

OVER THE PHONE 01695 587 637

Claim hotline open 24 hours, 7 days per week

WHY CHOOSE CAMS?

  • Our claim form only takes only 30 seconds to complete
  • We will usually be in touch within 12 hours
  • We pay upfront for your bike and helmet
  • We’ve been helping people since 1996
  • Compile a comprehensive accident report on your behalf
  • We recover all your losses, from lost earnings to personal belongings

START YOUR CLAIM TODAY

Full bike replacement* (T&Cs apply)

APPLY NOW