Everything you need for Spring Cycling.
With the weather getting better, the longer evenings and summer just around the corner, you are probably eager to get the bike out of storage and hit the open road. It is important to ensure your bike is road worthy and that you have everything you need for your cycle.
Here are some necessary items for spring cycling that you may require as a cyclist:
1. Helmet: Since safety should always come first, every rider should own a well-fitted helmet. Helmets vary in shape depending on your cycling discipline. Mountain bike helmets will cover more of your face and often come with a visor, while road biking helmets are streamlined with plenty of vents, making them aerodynamic.
2. Shorts for cycling: For increased comfort on extended rides, choose padded cycling shorts.
3. Sunglasses: Wear a pair of cycling sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun and flying objects. Our sunglasses offer 100% protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays, bugs, rocks, or whatever comes your way, with a comfortable grip to stay securely on your head no matter how rough the terrain is.
4. Bring lights if you intend to bike at night or in low light to improve visibility and safety. If you are unsure which lights suit your needs best, you can read our Eurocycles guide to bike lights.
5. Jersey: On warm spring days, wearing a light, breathable jersey will keep you cool and comfortable.
6. Bring a water bottle and a cage to secure it to your bike so that you can stay hydrated while you ride. You could also consider cycling gels to stay energised and hydrated. PowerBar Nutrition provide a full range of gels and electrolytes tablets to keep you hydrated on long rides.
7. Bike pump and spare tubes: The last thing you want is to get a puncture and be stuck by the side of the road. Bring a spare tube and a pump. While a pump may not get the appropriate pressure, it will give you enough pressure to get to a local garage or bike shop where you can add more pressure. A favourite amongst our team at Eurocycles, the Syncros Mini-Pump Boundary 1.5HP is easy to carry in your jersey pocket yet powerful enough to get you back on the road quickly.
8. Multi-tool: You can make quick changes or repairs on the go with the aid of a compact, lightweight multi-tool. If you are looking for a sturdy and complete multi-tool, we recommend the Syncros Composite 14ct Bike Tool, which has 14 tools, including a chain tool, for only 152g.
9. Bring a rain jacket. You are in Ireland and rain may come at any time. We recommend packing a rain jacket in case of rain.
10. A lock: If you intend on stopping off for lunch or to pick up some groceries, you must bring a decent lock. It only takes a second for your bike to be taken.
We highly recommend telling someone where you are going, your route and how long you expect to be out. If you must have an emergency plan in place. Finally, you should also have spare snacks and dress appropriately for the weather.
What is the best colour to wear when cycling?
The ideal colour for cycling relies on several things, including personal preference, visibility, and safety considerations. It is important to be comfortable and seen while out cycling.
Cycling is generally advised to be done in brighter and more noticeable colours, especially while cycling early in the morning or during the evening. Bright colours can help boost visibility and make you more obvious to other road users, lowering the chance of accidents. Yellow, Green, Orange and other bright colours are the best options.
While cyclists tend to use darker colours (navy and black) because of mud and sweat being visible, we encourage you to wear some colour. A good option is to have a bright colour jersey or rain jacket to ensure you are visible. You should also consider using reflective clothing or accessories like vests or straps.