When you begin the bike life, you probably quickly realized you don’t have the needed equipment to ride with comfort, safety, and ease.
There are many simple accessories you can add to your bike to avoid several discomforts during your cycling life.
With a few exceptions, all of the bike accessories below have a universal fit and can be found on Amazon.
What accessories you need for a bike ride:
- Water bottles
- Water bottle holders
- Phone holder attachment
- Trail lights
- Wireless headphones
- Bike bell
Read more to see which accessories are best for your bike riding style.
Let’s talk seats. Have you ever finished a bike ride and your tush feels bruised? You may notice it the next day while at work or just lounging around the house after a good ride.
That’s no fun. Riding bikes are meant to help you get in shape, not hurt you or cause discomfort!
Find yourself a comfortable seat for your unique needs.
Let me guess, when you first started cycling, you tried to ride with a backpack?
Don’t worry, all newbie bike riders start this way.
There is a great (cheap) alternative that will surely change your bike riding life.
They go by the name of saddlebags.
There are a few different types of saddlebags, the difference is with the size. Let’s start from smallest to largest, eh?
- The smallest is best for the rider who plans to ride 1-30 miles. You can fit a bike tool, drivers license, credit card, keys, and still have a little room for a couple granola bars.
- The medium size is similar to the small saddle bag but can hold more. This is perfect for those riding with kids and needs to pack extra snacks.
- The biggest size saddlebags will serve you with many functions:
- Uses their bike for transportation
- Uses the bike for shopping (grocery or other)
- Plans a picnic during the ride
- Needs ample space for long distance rides
Overall, saddlebags will save you from lugging around the pesky backpack during your bike rides. Once you get one, your rides will never be the same.
WATER BOTTLE HOLDERS AND WATER BOTTLES
Hydration is key for any distance bike ride. No ifs, ands or buts about it. You will be thirsty during your ride. Even if it’s a cool 68 degrees and cloudy. Your mouth will dry out from the constant wind in your face. You need water to power you through the ride and to beat dry mouth.
Water bottle holders are inexpensive and easy to install on your own.
To keep from tipping over during your bike ride on a 95-degree day, it’d be a good decision to go ahead and attach two holders.
The right water bottles play a key role. Tell me, would you rather:
Be dry-mouthed, exhausted, thirsty as all get-out and take a drink of
- Lukewarm water?
- Or ice cold water?
That could be the difference to making it home from your bike ride with your wits still about you.
Find insulated water bottles that A. keep your water ice cold and B. fit in your holder.
PHONE HOLDER ATTACHMENT
ATTENTION IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOLLOWS
There are attachments that allow you to have your phone securely strapped to your handlebars.
It must be said, DO NOT MISUSE THIS FEATURE. JUST LIKE TEXTING AND DRIVING IF YOU DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU ARE GOING YOU ARE VERY LIKELY TO END UP SEVERELY INJURED. ALL INJURIES ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Now that’s out of the way, the handlebar phone attachment is great for you if:
- You don’t want to buy an expensive GPS tracker, so this allows a quick peek at mileage, pace and time
- You don’t have room in your saddlebag for your big smartphone
- You prefer easy access to your phone
- You want a cheap alternative to film your rides (beware it drains your battery and is very bumpy)
This should be first in the list, but it’s not really an accessory, it’s one of the bike riders necessities.
Every cyclist dreams of riding on the perfect sunny day with no clouds in sight. The downside? The sun is not a very good friend of your eyes. Avoid the squint headaches by getting yourself some polarized shades.
This also falls under the necessities but also an accessory. See where you’re going if you get caught out after sundown.
To get the most out of your bike rides and health, electronics show you a story of improvement.
Electronic devices range from:
- Attached GPS that tracks pace, mileage, current speed, heart rate
- Chest heart rate straps
- Wrist heart rate straps
You can also download an app such as MapMyRide and track the same data points with your phone. Beware: It does use a lot of battery and cellular data.
That does it for accessories. They will surely take you to the next level with your bike rides.