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Click through to view ten absolute musts for any active cyclist’s kit list...
[part title="1. Well-fitting helmet"]
Whether you are on a gentle family bike ride, cycling down the road to work or you're in the back of beyond on an epic adventure, every cyclist needs to be wearing a well-fitting helmet.
If your helmet wobbles when you ride over a bump then it’s not doing its job properly. A well fitting helmet should touch your head all the way around and the front should come as low down as possible.
Heads are all different shapes and sizes so not every helmet will fit you - take some time to ensure you find the right one. You can see some of our favourite road helmets here and find out how to to get the right helmet fit here.
[part title="2. First Aid Kit"]
It's always worth having a small first aid kit in your possession as you never know when it might be needed.
Lifesystems do a range of ultra-light first aid kits, so it is worth checking them out.
[part title="3. Detachable bike pump"]
A bike pump that can be attached to your bike frame is cheap to buy and incredibly handy to have. It’s easy to forget to pack a loose bike pump in your rucksack/ jersey pockets before you set out for a ride.
That’s why it’s a great idea to have a bike pump that you keep attached to your bike and only detach it when you need to use it.
If you're looking to buy, have a read up on our Lifeline Professional Track Pump review.
[part title="4. Lights"]
Even if you only plan to use your bike during daylight hours it is still necessary to get yourself a good set of bike lights just incase time slips away from you and you find yourself cycling home in darkness.
Cyclists need bike lights to enable them to see where they're going and to allow motorists and other cyclists to see you. USB rechargeable lights are great for anyone who works at a computer as you can charge your lights while you work without ever having to remember to buy new batteries. If you're looking to buy, these might be helpful:
[part title="5. Saddle Bag"]
A saddle bag is the perfect addition to every bike as it's the perfect place to stash a spare tube, a multi-tool and some tyre levers, for whenever you have the misfortune of suffering a flat.
Have a look at what other types of bags are good for transporting your goods from A to B here.
[part title="6. Waterproof jacket"]
British weather can be extremely unpredictable so it is always a good idea for cyclists taking to the mountain paths to pack a light, water and windproof jacket to protect them from the elements.
Waterproof jackets come in a range of sizes, colours, styles and levels of protection. Read about nine of our favourites here.
[part title="7. Wireless bike computer"]
You can get great computers such as the Cateye Velo Wireless Cycling Computer that measures time, speed and distance for as little as £29.95.
[part title="8. Protective eyewear"]
When choosing protective eyewear make sure you get a quality product that can withstand some force like the Rudy Project Rydon Sunglasses Impact X Photochromic for £148.85 or the dhb Triple Lens Sunglasses for £29.99.
[part title="9. Lock"]
Choosing the right lock to keep your bike safe isn’t always easy, but unless you only ever leave your bike unattended in a locked garage you will definitely need one.
Whether you go for a U-lock, a chain lock, a cable lock or an O-lock, it is important to make sure that it is enough of a deterrent for any potential thieves in your area. A cable lock may be light to carry around with you but it is also easy for anyone with a pair of cable pliers to break.
For most cyclists a strong U-lock is sufficient to ensure the safety of their bike, we recommend the Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 U-lock with Flexframe Bracket.
[part title="10. Reflective clothing"]
Like bike lights and reflective clothing are vital for cyclists riding in the dark, heavy rain or fog to ensure that motorists can see them easily.
If building site style high-vis jackets aren’t for you (although they really are great for keeping cyclists safe) there are fashion retailers which specialise in creating bike clothes that improve safety without stopping women from looking fashionable at the same time. Check out Thrifty Bike Wear to find upcycled reflective clothing.
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