Biking Essentials Every Cyclist Needs

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

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 experience if you’re not sure what exactly it is that you’re looking for. Fear not. Here at Think Sport, we’ve prepared a clear and concise guide that will help find out exactly what you need to step up your game and hit your cycling goals for the year.

Man Cycling Through Countryside

To Keep You Safe

Stay Safer by Staying Visible

Cycling in the dark is nobody’s dream, but it is a harsh reality of short winter days and long working hours. At those times, it's essential to keep your safety in mind, and the first step towards that goal is to increase your visibility as much as possible. The Ultimate Performance Eddystone Clip-On LED Light can be clipped onto any item of clothing, providing you with bright light that makes you visible to road users, while the Ultimate Performance Flamborough LED Armband features an incredibly comfortable, lightweight design that is perfect for runners.

Visibility while cycling

First Aid Kit

Despite our efforts to keep ourselves safe, sometimes the unexpected does happen, so it's 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's important to give them the special attention they deserve. You need to 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. If you're experiencing knee pain, supports such as this Ultimate Performance Elastic Knee Support will 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're getting serious about your training. They offer excellent muscle support, which leads to reduced soreness and soft tissue damage, as well as 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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Whatever your goal, Think Sport has exactly what you need. From diet, nutrition and fitness to building strength, speed and endurance, we can help you unlock your potential to achieve the improvements you desire.
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.