Essential Checklist

New Bike Essentials

Get What You Need To Start Riding

One of the great things about cycling is that you'll find an almost unlimited selection of add-ons to customize your bicycle and help you enjoy riding. But what accessories do you really need?

We've put together this list to help, and grouped things into two categories: Essential Accessories, which are those items you shouldn't leave home without, and Other Goodies, which are things many cyclists also enjoy having.

Essential Cycling Accessories

Assuming you've already got a bike, you only need these few key accessories (listed by importance) to be safe and comfortable while riding and to be able to deal with the one breakdown that might occur, the flat tire. (Relax! Flats aren't that hard to fix. Ask us to tell you how.)

Helmet - A lifesaver in an accident 
Bike Lock - A bike saver 
Frame Pump - Use to fix flats 
Spare Tube - To replace punctured tubes 
Tire Levers - Eases tire removal 
Water Bottle and Cage - Makes it easy to stay hydrated 
Patch Kit - For patching popped tubes 

Gloves - Adds comfort and protects hands 
Mini All-In-One Tool - Just in case an adjustment is needed 
Seat Bag - A way to carry all this stuff 
Eyewear - Protection from airborne debris 
Cycling Shorts - They’re padded for comfort 
Energy Bars - Calories in case you tire 
Sunblock - Prevents sunburn 

Other Goodies

The following accessories will make any ride a success. Where you ride for fun, competition, or anywhere between, we have the gear you need to succeed. Each list give you an accessory list for that areas of cycling.

Dress For Success

Cycling Shoes & Socks - Increase comfort & efficiency
Cycling Jersey - Comfy with rear pockets for gear
Cycling Tops - Comfy, pockets, high visibility
Tights - Keep knees & legs warm
Windbreaker - Protection from wind & rain
Leg & Arm Warmers - Easy on/off; fit in pocket
Rain Jacket - Keeps you dry and warm
Booties (Shoe Covers) - Protects toes from cold & wet
Long-finger Gloves - Warm & protect hands and fingers

Get All The Right Gear

Lighting System - Be safe at night & expand your ride time
Flasher Tail Light - Be seen after dark
Bell - Friendly warning device
Hydration System - Carry your favorite sports drink
Hydration System Cleaning Kit - Kills nasty germs
Cycle Computer - Shows/records speed, pace & distance
Rear Rack - Carry more stuff
Aero Handlebars - For a stretched-out, streamlined position

A Bit Fit For Life

Heart-Rate Monitor - A tachometer for your heart
Indoor Trainer - Bike in front of the TV
Computerized Indoor Trainer - A virtual-reality cycling station
Home Gym - Build strength without the club

Bike Repair Is Fun

Floor Pump - Has air to spare
Maintenance Book - Learn how to fix your bike
Bike Repair Stand - Supports the bike so you don't have to
Wheel-truing Stand - Helpful for fixing wobbly wheels
Bicycle Tool Kit - Cool tools for fixing your ride

Hit The Road

Panniers (Saddlebags) - Bring the kitchen sink
Trailer For Kids Or Gear - Hooks to the bike & pulls easily
Car Rack - Carry your bike on the car
Bike Case For Airline Travel - Protection from the baggage goons

Be The Sport

Membership In Cycling Organization - Meet other cyclists
Lance Armstrong Book - Gives you goosebumps
Cycling Videos - Watch for fun & motivation