Cycling can be an expensive hobby you could get into but once your initial investment has been made, the sport becomes relatively cheap. There is a list of a few things that you need to have in order to get started. Other items could be placed in the wait list. If you are looking to get the things that you need first and leave those that you want for later, then you need to focus on the things that will keep you safe and those that are absolutely necessary. Here are a few things that you need when you first get into biking.
The first thing that you need after purchasing your bike is to get a helmet. The good news is that you don’t really have to spend a lot of money on a helmet. One of about $20 at a large chain store will do just fine. The one thing that you do need to ensure is that the helmet does fit you properly. That means that it should cover your forehead and fit snuggly. The straps should be able to adjust so that the helmet fits tight. A new helmet is necessary even if you have only a small crash.
The second item that you will need is a good tire pump. A lot of people leave the tire pump for later but it is in fact too important because you will need to fill your tires about every other time. There are two types of pumps that you can purchase. One can be attached to the bike and one you can keep at home. Going with the one that can be attached to the bike should be a priority just in case you need to pump some air while you are riding due to a flat tire.
Flat Repair Kit
You never know when you will need to repair your tires so you want to have a repair kit for your flat tires from day one. A repair kit should include tire levers, a spare tube and an emergency pump. Keep in mind that the first time that you repair your tires it could take more than 30 minutes but once you do it one time, you will feel like you’ve done it a million times. This type of kit does not take as much space as you may think. In fact, you can keep it in a gear box.
Getting a good gear box is very important as that is where you will keep your flat tire repair kit. There are different types of gear boxes available but this is not the one item where you want to go cheap. The cheap gear boxes use Velcro to attach to the back of the seat. This is a big mistake as this type of gear boxes will always fall off. Look for gear boxes which clip in to the seat as they are more secure and will not fall off even if you have a small accident.