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Do you have a road or mountain bike? Regardless of whether you’re cycling for fun, fitness, competition or to get to work, there are some essential accessories that all bike riders should have. Of course, there are a lot of accessories on the market, but many of these are luxuries or just plain unnecessary. If you’re already a bike owner, or planning on investing in a new set of wheels, simply stick to the list below and you’ll be safe, comfortable and ensure your kit is protected.

Accessories for safety

Helmet

While many bike accessories are optional, there are some that are not. On top of the list here is a helmet. Mandatory in most areas of the country, helmets should be at the top of every biker’s list even in areas where laws don’t require them to be worn. Because wearing a helmet minimises the chance of head injuries in the event of an accident, getting the right helmet is crucial. When shopping for a helmet, make sure that you only buy one that meets, and ideally exceeds, all relevant safety standards. To get the best range of quality helmets as well as loads of helpful information, check out retailers who sell and specialise in bikes and accessories (such as 99 Bikes).

Lights

Even if you don’t plan on riding at night, this doesn’t mean you don’t need bike lights. Even just on an overcast day, visibility is reduced which places you at greater risk for accidents. Additionally, you may not be able to adequately see the condition of the road or path you’re riding on and may hit divots or other problematic patches. When it comes to choosing lights for your bike, the two main types are battery operated and dynamo.

Accessories for comfort

Bike bags & storage

Buying a bag for your bike will largely come down to how you use it, how much you need to carry and personal taste. The main types of bike bags and storage include:

  • Baskets – typically mounted on the front of the bike
  • Handlebar Bags – fitted to the handlebars at the front of the bike
  • Panniers – fixed to the back of the bike over the rear wheel
  • Saddlebag – fits underneath the seat
  • Trunk bag – attached to the back of the bike using a metal rack.

Water bottles and cages

Water bottles for riding are shaped for easily handling and are designed to fit securely into a cage mounted on the bike frame, and in easy reach for the rider. Like most bike accessories, bottles and cages range from simple plastic and metal holders through to superlight aero carbon cages engineered for race performance.

Accessories for security

Bicycle Locks

Bikes aren’t cheap so you need to ensure it is secure at all times. A quality lock will quickly deter opportunistic thieves and provide you with peace of mind. Popular types of locks include cable locks, chain locks, O-Locks and U-Locks.

If you already own a bike or are planning to buy, there are a number of must-have accessories that all riders should invest in. Simply stick to the list above to avoid paying for things you don’t need.