Rider Essentials

 
 

Nothing is more exciting than #newbikeday but if it’s the first one in the collection – it’ll be an inauguration of a few other essential accessories as well.

Once the new bike is all ready to go and you’re set for all your adventures in tow there’s going to be a few items you’ll need to support your ride.

Let’s keep it to the bare necessities to keep the wheels spinning if there’s a slight mishap. There will be plenty of other bits and bobs you'll want to buy later on, once you become addicted to cycling!

HERE ARE MY RIDING ESSENTIALS...

Getting dressed to the nine in my: Helmet, shoes, bib-shorts, jersey, gloves, socks, sunglasses (and don’t forget sunscreen).

Then stocking up the jersey pockets with: Bank cards, my ID, some cash and (depending on the ride) maybe some ride food and last but not least; my phone that has a life proof case - because it can get sweaty in there (and its waterproof). The budget edition of the life-proof phone case is a glad-wrap baggie.

 
 

On my bike: Lights (super important for safety in the dark – being seen is just as important as seeing – so make sure they’re bright). I have Cycliq Fly6 & Fly12 rear and front lights as they integrate cameras into the lights, capturing my good times (and my not so-good times just in case). I also always have my survival kit – which is either a Keg Storage Vessel or a Saddle Bag (for tools and spares) and a drink bottle to keep hydrated.

In the keg / saddle bag: Spare tube, patches, tire levers, 2x CO2 Canister, multi-tool, CO2 inflator. I will also usually put my keys in here too!

Then there’s the winter essentials: Toe warmers or shoe covers, gilet (for the windier days), cycling jacket (my jacket’s sleeves zip off and become a gilet-super handy 2-in-1), long-fingered gloves, long bib-shorts (thermal ones if it’s really cold!) and arm warmers.

These are the key items that support my ride and to make sure when the worst happens, I’m still having the best time I can on two wheels. All of these items are available at your local Specialized Retailer, find your closest store here.

 
 

By Sheyleigh Walsh

Sheyleigh is a Specialized Women's Ambassador based in Sydney. She has an amazing story of how riding changed her life, you should check it out here. Shey runs awesome women's rides in Sydney and also writes for Ella Cycling Tips. Follow Shey on Instagram @Sheyleigh