Before you go out for your ride you will need a few accessories. Whether you are riding around the neighborhood or going
on a week long tour, having the right gear can make the ride safer and more enjoyable.
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A bag can go under the seat, on the handlebars or on a rack that is mounted over the rear wheel. A wedge shaped bag can carry your ID, spare inner tubes and patch kit, or tools. Larger bags, like the Topeak trunk bags, that mount to racks over the rear wheel are good for clothes or a picnic lunch.
Knowing how far you have ridden and how fast you are going can be fun and informative, especially if you are training. Most cycle computers will show you your speed, distance, odometer, timer, and a clock. Average speed, maximum speed, cadence, pacer indicator and heart rate are other options that are available.
There are two types of lights that can be used on bicycles. Lights to allow you to see and lights to allow you to be seen. High Output Lighting Systems offer the maximum illumination and are usually rechargeable. They are higher priced but brighter to help you see where you are going. Safety Lights help people to see you in dim lighting conditions or during the day time but they are not bright enough to help you see where you are going. CygoLite and Blackburn are just two of the companies that offer high quality lights that will give you 100s of hours of life.
Protect your bike. If you leave it you could lose it. Locks come in a variety of styles. The most secure locks are the solid U shaped locks. U-Locks are stronger then cable locks but are also heavier to carry. Cable locks are more flexible and easier to carry but are easier to cut. Register your bicycle with an organization like the National Bike Registry to help recover it if your bike is stolen.
A patch kit is used in an emergency when you get a flat tire while on the ride and can't replace the inner tube. The kit includes vulcanizing patches, cement & a reusable tube scuffer.
There are generally three types of pumps that can be used on a bicycle: The reservoir or floor pump which is mostly used at the home.
The frame mounted mini pump which can be carried on the bicycle and CO2 cartridges. It is best to have a floor pump with a pressure gauge at home and a frame mounted pump or CO2 cartridges to carry with you on the bike.
Rear racks for the bicycle can be used to carry bags. Racks can be permanently mounted to the bicycle or attached with a quick release that mounts to the seat post.
Seats & Seat Pads
Just like shoes, gloves and the rest of the gear you depend on, the seat should fit perfectly. It is one of the most personal contact points a rider has with the bike. At Laurel Bicycle we sell Body Geometry saddles by Specialized and Gel saddles by Avenir. We also stock gel pads that will go over existing saddles.
We stock tubes for all sizes of bikes. From the smallest kids bike to high performance racing bikes, we have the tubes to fit your bike. Remember, it is always a good idea to have an extra tube or two on hand for those unexpected flat tires. Carry one or two spare tubes on long rides in case you have a puncture.
Dehydration not allowed. Riding can be hard work. Keeping hydrated is essential. Many bicycles have the ability to mount a water bottle holder (cage) to the frame of the bicycle that allows you to carry a water bottle. A water bottle cage can also be mounted to the handlebars on most bicycles.