Once you have purchased your bike, there are a few essential accessories:

  • Helmet – we highly recommended that everyone who cycles wears a helmet – you only get one head!
  • Lock – if you've spent a lot of money on your dream bike, it's worth investing in a suitably strong lock. The rule of thumb is: the heavier is, the longer it will take to break!
  • Insurance – given enough time, any lock can be broken, so it's also important to insure against theft – especially if you live in London!
  • Lights – if you are riding at night, you are legally obliged to use suitable lighting. British Standard approved lights are the best, but due to a technicality there are many good lights that are not officially approved.
  • Reflective jacket – again, for riding at night, it is important to be seen by motorists.
  • Shoes – to improve your riding experience, trainer-style shoes with stiff soles will ensure the maximum power is transferred to the bike.
  • Gloves – if you are riding further than the corner shop, a good pair of gloves will make your ride much more comfortable.

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