Summer is the perfect time to take up cycling. Not only is it a fantastic way to cross train for runners, it’s a great way to #optOutside and explore. With so many more people choosing to saddle up this summer, I am sharing my 10 Summer Cycling Essentials.
10 Summer Cycling Essentials
Just starting or just getting back to cycling? I have narrowed down my 10 summer cycling essentials. Here’s what you need for a safe and comfortable bike ride this summer.
A good bike helmet
Probably the most important item (aside from your bike). Do not pick up a used helmet or use one from many years ago. The protective foam breaks down over time and it’s recommended to replace them about every 3 years. A women’s specific hemet like this one which has a pony tail port is the way to go. So much more comfortable than squeezing your hair in.
Sunglasses are a must to keep bugs and debris from getting into your eyes. Any sport specific or running sunglasses will do. Knockaround are my go to for both. They have some great sales.
Investing in a good pair of padded bike shorts can make all the difference in terms of comfort. The more comfortable you feel, the more you will want to ride your bike. Women’s bike shorts tend to range from 5 inch to 9 inch lengths. If you prefer the 5 inch shorts, these are a great buy from Pearl Izumi. If you like a little more coverage, these 8 inch women’s shorts are rated very highly by Bicycle magazine.
fingerless Bike Gloves
I always wear gloves when cycling to prevent blisters on my hands and also to give me a better grip when my hands are sweaty. Look for a pair with gel padding and a women specific fit. These Pearl Izumi come in 5 colors.
Vital to have your emergency contact info on you when you cycle. My choice Road ID that attaches to my Garmin. You could also have a spare one that you attach directly to your bike in case of emergencies. Use code COACHDEBBIERUNS FOR 20% OFF.
Water Bottle & Cage
A simple wire bike cage or two is all you need to screw right onto your bike. I suggest insulated bike water bottles that can be frozen to keep cold on your ride. I’ve been using this one for 5 years still works like a charm. 11 colors to choose from.
Bike phone mount storage bags
Store your phone, keys, snacks and mask in this easy to attach mount. Waterproof just in case!
Tires should be pumped up before every ride. The recommended PSI for your tires is printed right on them. An easy to use floor pump is key.
Flat tire repair kit
It is crucial to have a few items so that you (or a good samaritan) can change a flat tire mid ride. This saddle bag has the tools you need. Make sure to add in a spare tube compatible with your specific tire size.
Secure your bike without worry with a simple combination bike lock. Wraps around your seat stem when not in use.
A fun bike jersey.While not as important as bike shorts, it is nice to have a few cycling jerseys. Most have pockets in the back to hold some gear or your phone. I prefer sleeveless jerseys that allow me to add a long sleeve shirt underneath or a jacket on top.
Riding in the early morning or a busy street? Be more visible with reflective stickers.These colorful flowers are fun.
Hope this gave you some ideas on Sumer Cycling Essentials to get you out there safely and comfortably. Will you be enjoying the great outdoors on our bike this summer?
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