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Essential accessories for cyclist blog post by Eurocycles Ireland

 

If you received a bike this Christmas, you might wonder how to accessorize it or how to make the most of it. In this guide, we will list some safety essentials as well as other extras to look good on the roads.  

 

Cyclist wearing helmet and protective knee pads and elbow guards - Eurocycles Ireland

Safety Comes First: Helmets and Protective Gear.

Riding a bicycle can be exhilarating, but safety should always be the top priority. A high-quality helmet is the most crucial accessory for any rider. Look for a helmet that meets safety standards and provides a comfortable fit. 
If you plan to mountain bike off-roads, we suggest you look at our range of Scott protective wear, which offers a selection of elbow guards, knee pads and back protectors. 

 


Cyclist wearing Scott sunglasses smiling - Eurocycles Ireland

Clear Vision: Quality Eyewear.

Clear and unobstructed vision is essential for every rider. Good sunglasses or goggles protect your eyes from dust, debris, and harsh winds. Look for eyewear with UV protection and side ventilation to ensure optimal safety and visibility on the road.

 


Be ready for any eventuality with a repair kit.

Ensure you are never left stranded on the side of the road by carrying an essential repair kit containing some inner tube, a pump or CO2 inflator, a set of tyre levers, a multi-tool and some repair patch. 

Avoid forgetting these essentials by packing them into a saddle bag or a tool can, ensuring they are always on your bike. 

 


Bike fitted with pannier bags - Eurocycles Ireland

Travel comfortably with a good storage solution.

If you are commuting, a good backpack or a nice set of panniers will become your best ally to carry your change of clothes, lunch boxes and other daily essentials. 
Likewise, invest in a bottle cage and a cycling water bottle to keep hydrated as you cycle. 

 


Abus bike lock fitted onto a bike - Eurocycles Ireland

Secure Your Ride: Bike Locks.

Protecting your ride from theft is crucial for every cyclist looking to leave their bike unattended, whether while going to the shops or going to work. Investing in a sturdy lock can provide peace of mind when parking your motorcycle or bicycle in public areas. It is recommended to spend about 15% of the value of your bike on a bike lock. You should also consider the environment where you are locking your bike (countryside, urban setting, etc.) and how long it will be unattended. 
Use two different types of locks together for added security. 

 


Powerful bike light on a bicycle handlebars - Eurocycles ireland

Be safe, be seen: Bike lights.

Reflectors and lights are a requisite for bikes in Ireland to ensure riders' visibility. Bicycles should have a red rear light and a white front light. Choose lights that match your needs. Learn more in our handy guide
Additionally, you can mount a bell to signal your presence to other road users. 

 


Cycling enjoying a day out in comfortable cycling clothes - Eurocycles Ireland

Style and Comfort: Riding Apparel

While safety is paramount, you might also want to look and feel good on the road. Stylish and comfortable cycling apparel not only enhances the overall riding experience, but also provides added protection. 
If you are commuting daily, you should invest in a good waterproof set of cycling jackets and overtrousers to keep you dry and protected from the elements. 
Road cyclists and mountain bikers will make their rides more enjoyable with quality cycling bibs, jerseys, overshoes and gloves. 


Other useful accessories.

Crunch numbers and link your activities to your Strava account with a bike computer. 
Choose a set of a set of clipless pedals and make the move to becoming a more proficient cyclist. 
If you are storing your bike outdoors, keep it safe from the elements with a quality bike cover. 

Remember, as a rider, investing in high-quality accessories is an investment in your safety and overall riding experience. By choosing the right gear, you can ride with confidence, knowing that you are well-equipped for whatever the road may bring.