Cycling is one of the world’s most popular outdoor activities. It can be done in most roads worldwide, and rougher cyclists also push their performances to off-road routes. It is healthy, fun, fast, and just about anybody can do it.
But what if it isn’t enough? What if there’s that road you can’t speed down, or that hill you can’t climb with your bike? What happens when you and your bike find that path you cannot trek? Well the most experienced of cyclists will often tell you that there’s nowhere you can’t go with a good bike, and they are right in saying so. If you or your bike can’t make the ride somewhere, the most obvious thing to do is get an upgrade.
These days, there are bike accessories to solve every conceivable problem a bike can face; from flat tires, to fog, to falling. The only thing the serious cyclist needs to do is find them.
If the challenge is low-visibility for example, the accessory of choice of course, is lighting. Front and rear bike lights range in price from $25.00 each, to just under $300.00. Most come with an easy-to-install wiring system that doesn’t even interfere with the motions cyclists perform. Bike lights are used to deal with the dangers of night cycling or routes where fog would stop most trekkers in their tracks.
If the bar of difficulty is raised, and the route leads through rough terrain, the cyclist has two options to make it through the obstacle: shock absorbers and handlebars. While shock absorbers are not always modifiable, as some bikes do not come with them, and might not always be modifiable, handlebars are easier to come by. The design of handlebars varies with what the bicycle is meant for. For example, drop handlebars – a popular handlebar type that curves forward and down, then back toward the rider – are used for speed, and are used by most track athletes. For the mentioned rough terrain, a flat t-shaped handlebar with rough handle coverings allows the cyclist to negotiate the worst surfaces with the finest control; they may even have bar ends attached as additional accessories to increase the number of available hand positions when cycling.
Some courses may also call for better safety standards on the bicycle. Cyclists can achieve this with a proper choice of bike pedals. The safest of pedals are designed to lower the chances of the rider’s shoe slipping off. Some have cleats that attach to cycling shoes, while others have a more direct approach, coming with a toe clip to secure the rider’s foot in place.
The saddle can also be customized in most bicycles, allowing the rider to maximize comfort. Some cyclists may have an actual seat installed; these have some form of structure to support the rider’s back. Other cyclists will prefer the classic saddle, but have it made of more shock-absorbent material. The toughest of courses might call for specialized saddles with no nose to prevent damage to the rider’s pelvis.
Finally, whether speed or precision is called for, safety is still the primary concern of cycling accessories. The cyclist can purchase elbow and knee pads to protect against nasty falls, and of course, a good cycling helmet is necessary to minimize the risk of injury. While it is possible to afford such safety gear at less than $50.00 for the helmet, and less than $20.00 for a full set of cycling pads and armor, it is recommended to invest a fairly larger amount than this for protection. After all, the best bicycle in the world is worthless if the cyclist can’t ride it anymore.