Must Have Cycling Equipment

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThere are a lot of cycling accessories out there, but which ones do you really need?  Darryl and Victor don’t see eye to eye on all of them, but see which ones they recommend to everyone who ride a road bike.

Clothing and equipment have been discussed in past shows, but this time the cycling 360 guys group it all into one show and go over the items they feel are totally required.

Have a listen and see what they have to say about:

Accessories

  • Bags
  • Tool Kits
  • Waterbottles
  • Pedals
  • Electronics

Clothing

  • Shorts and Jerseys
  • Helmets
  • Thermal Layers and cold weather gear
  • Shoes
  • Helmets
  • Gloves

At Home Equipment

  • Floor Pump
  • Lube and Rags
  • Trainer
  • Spare Tubes
  • Foam Roller and Stretching Mat
  • Tools and Stand

Additional Links:

Getting started in road cycling – Selecting a bike

Cleaning your bike

Clipless Pedals

Real Food Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

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Comments

  1. I completely agree that buying better quality stuff improves your experience. I used to be cheaper about my riding, partly because I had less money and partly because I was just getting started and it was hard to justify spending a lot of money on something I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to stick with. Once I realized I really liked cycling and had more money I got better equipment.

    You mentioned buying good shorts and that is absolutely true. Once I got a “good” pair of shorts it was like night and day. I could ride much more comfortably, which made you want to ride more often and for longer. Good shorts are really worth it.

    I also used to have a cheap floor pump. It was so hard to use that sometimes I wouldn’t go out if my tires were really low and I didn’t want to fight with the pump. (I realize how stupid that sounds now that I write it). Eventually the cheap pump broke and I bought a better one which is so much easier to use. I had no idea using a pump could be so effortless. It was well worth the extra money for the better pump.

    The other comment I have is about clipless pedals. When I started riding I was hesitant about using clipless pedals and the shop recommended Speedplay pedals, saying there were easier for beginners to get used to. They were very easy to learn to use and I’m actually still using them. I don’t have anything to compare them to, but I never feel like I’m not going to be able to clip out.

    You definitely don’t need to spend top dollar on equipment, but stepping up from the lowest level will really make riding more enjoyable, which will make you want to do it more often.

  2. Great show guys. I would suggest that light weight lights are essential as you never know when you’re going to get caught out in the day time with the weather. Today for example I went out in the morning and the weather was reasonable to begin with. Half and hour into the ride the skies went gray and it rained. Visibility was bad. I had to turn my lights on so vehicles could see me.

    The other essential thing day or night is eye protection to keep the weather, flying stones, dust, insects etc out plus of course sun protection.

    One thing for the show itself, I reckon Daryll needs a needs a decent microphone as his voice comes over raspy and tinny. Victor has a better microphone and the tone of his voice is full and warm. I use a Samsung G-Track USB condenser microphone and this gives a full tone similar to Victor’s voice.

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