Recently I described the joy of my maiden biking trek with the Biking Belles in Biking the Capital Trail. The last bike I purchased was 25 years ago with LDB
to celebrate our first anniversary. Back then non-competitive biking merely required a bike and a helmet. Since those halcyon days, bicycle manufacturers have created oodles of companion equipment to meet our every need, plus created a whole bunch of wants for our pocketbooks to consider. Let’s look at the needs and a few desirable wants for those of you new to, or getting reacquainted with, recreational biking.
For recreational trail and road biking, a new type of bike has emerged called a hybrid. It combines the comfort of a mountain bike
with the aerodynamics of a racing bike
Cannondale racer weighs less than 15 pounds
to give the rider the best of both worlds.
tSt’s TREK hybrid bike
Always wear a helmet, and be sure it fits snugly on your head. Some helmets come with visors to shield the sun.
For best results, go to a local bike shop and get a proper fitting helmet.
If you need to transport your bike to and from your ride, you’ll need a bike carrier, or get a bike with removable tires to load into the back of an ample-sized car or truck. If your bike carrier
will be carrying women’s bikes, you will need a cross-bar adaptor (seen in red above) to keep the bike level. Men’s bikes don’t need this because the cross bar is horizontal.
water bottle and bottle cage
The Bells and
Time to get stylish with accessories. These are hard to resist.
tSt received this adorable Nantucket Bike Basket from her family for Mother’s Day. You’ll want a basket to carry your necessities
- cell phone and/or camera in a protective bag
- driver’s license or ID
- a bit of cash for emergencies
- water bottle if you don’t have a bottle cage on your bike
- first aid supplies
- trail map
bJm’s bike basket (on right) is sturdier, so if you worry about ruining a charming basket like tSt’s, maybe this is the basket for you.
Bike shorts with padded seats are very desirable. Widely available, these shorts keep one’s tush comfortable on a long ride. Comfort over style in this case.
Gloves with cushioning add comfort, too.
small zippered bag mounts underneath the seat
Odometer/speedometer (also called a cyclocomputer)
The most interesting accessory I discovered while chatting with the friendly folks at Carytown Bikes, one I know the tech-savvy among us will want, is a USB charger that recharges itself from the wheel’s motion.
This nifty device comes in handy when you’re on a long ride and need to recharge your phone, iPod, camera or bike light.
With cycling, one can spend a little or a lot. Each one of the aforementioned items has a universe of choices and selection criteria. It’s not as simple as when we hopped on one of these
for a spin around the neighborhood. Are you ready to jump on the biking bandwagon sweeping RVA?
July 14, 2014