Biking Essentials Every Cyclist Needs

Monday, 19 June 2017

So, you’ve finally decided to dust off that old bike of yours and hit the road? Just stepping into a bike store can be an overwhelming and, quite frankly, terrifying experience if you’re not sure what exactly it is that you’re looking for. 

Forget about helmets, mudguards, locks and lights. We all know what those are. It’s those other things that promise you smoother rides, better protection, and faster recovery times that can be confusing enough to make you swear off cycling forever.

Fear not. Here at Think Sport, we’ve prepared a clear and concise guide that will help you increase your knowledge and pick out the right accessories to fit all your cycling preferences and goals.

Cycling

To Keep You Warm

Practical Jackets

You may not need it all year long, but a good-quality cycling jacket is still a well-worth investment. Your perfect fit should be versatile enough to wear in all weather conditions, made from waterproof materials to keep you dry, and feature a reflective surface, so you will be safe and visible even if cycling at night.

The Piu Miglia Waterproof Cycling Jackets meet all those criteria and are designed for both men and women.

Leg Warmers

If you insist on hitting the road even on the coldest of days, sooner or later you will feel the need for a good pair of leg warmers.

Piu Miglia Cycling Leg Warmers allow you to stay warm at all times, while their stretch fabric construction provides the perfect tight fit for both men and women.

To Keep You Safe

Stay Safer with Visibility 

Cycling in the dark is nobody’s dream, but it is a harsh reality of shorter daylight hours and long working hours. At those times, it is essential to keep your safety in mind, and the first step towards that goal is to increase your visibility as much as possible.

The More Mile Run Brite Safety Wrist Pocket features a flashing LED light and reflective details for greater visibility, while the Nathan Sports Nebula Fire Runner's Headlamp is an adjustable headlamp that will make sure you are always seen. 

Visibility while cycling

First Aid Kit

Despite our efforts to keep ourselves safe, sometimes the unexpected does happen, so it is best to be always prepared. 

By always keeping a First Aid Kit close at hand, you can react quickly and efficiently in case of an emergency.

To Ease Your Workout

Knee and Ankle Supports

With repetitive or competitive cycling your knees and ankles are most vulnerable to injury, and it is important to give them the special attention they deserve. So it is important that you act before the pain prevents you from enjoying your favourite sport.

Ankle supports, such as the Vulkan AirXtend Ankle Support or the Ultimate Performance Ankle Support, provide firm, even support, while maintaining a full range of motion.

Knee supports, such as the Ultimate Performance Elastic Knee Support, keep your knees stable and fluid, minimising the risk of a sprain or any other injury.

Staying Hydrated

Hydration is extremely important during any activity, but it is especially crucial during your cardio workouts. Riding your bike and drinking at the same time can be quite a hassle, so it’s important to think ahead.

Hydration

This amazing Nathan Firestorm Unisex Running and Cycling Hydration Pack features a 2-litre bladder, along with on-board storage for nutrition and key running essentials or bike tools.

If you are looking for a smaller and budget-friendlier solution, the Clean Bottle Classic should do the trick.

To Help You Recover

Compression Clothing

Compression tops and shorts are a good investment if you are getting serious about your training. They offer excellent muscle support, which leads to reduced soreness and soft tissue damage, as well as providing faster recovery times.

Supacore offers a broad variety of compression clothing for both men and women, including:

Foam Rollers

Foam rolling is a great way to massage and regenerate your muscles after an intensive workout. It improves your blood circulation, helps you relax, and speeds up your recovery process.

If you are new to the world of foam rolling, a good place to start would be the Standard Foam Roller. Once you feel confident enough to up the game, you can have fun with the Pro or even the Grooved Pro.

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Here at Think Sport, we're only too aware that no matter which sport you're into, you'll always want to be the best you can be. Our range of products sorted by activity can help you find exactly what you need to stay ahead of the competition.