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Whether you’re new to cycling or a seasoned rider, investing in the right accessories will make your time in the saddle more enjoyable. Here are some tips for choosing the right cycling gear.

Helmet
Every cyclist needs a well-chosen helmet. Do not hesitate to try several models to find the perfect fit. The helmet you choose should be comfortable, easy to adjust, and stay in place when you make sudden head movements. You should also choose a helmet suitable for the type of bike you practice. For example, road helmets don’t have a visor and are sleeker than MTB helmets. If you enjoy varied cycling activities, a hybrid helmet may be preferable.

Clothes
If you are an avid cyclist, invest in proper clothing to greatly improve your comfort and enjoyment. Moisture-wicking socks and fabrics can help keep you cool and dry on hot summer days. Cycling jerseys often have handy back pockets for carrying small items like your keys and phone.

The right cycling shorts can make a big difference on long rides. Choose a pair of shorts made from a comfortable material like chamois or nylon spandex. Make sure the shorts have as few seams as possible to reduce the risk of chafing. The thigh band should also stay in place without cutting off blood circulation. Although shorts relieve your abdomen a little, they are not very practical for women. It’s up to you to decide which you prefer.

Bags and panniers
There are many different bike bags to choose from to serve you on a long ride. A seat bag is good for storing small items like your wallet, repair kit, and snacks. However, a handlebar bag makes it easier to access things like a camera or map. If you need to carry camping gear or a change of clothes, a pannier attached to your bike rack is ideal. Invest in a waterproof model or saddlebag covers to keep your things dry.

If you need personal advice, talk to the sales staff at your local bike shop.


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