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WHAT TO BUY CHECKLIST

Minimum kit/gear as a cyclist

all seasons in one day

Cycling is the pollution solution that improves your health, increases your productivity at school or work, and enhances the safety of your community

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THE BIKE

There are of course various kinds of bikes out there to choose from. Here are some examples: Cycling Wellington. Personally, unless you're racing at speeds over long distances or going off-road, then I highly recommend a commuter bike / city bike: Commuter Bikes. Why? Because:

  • Thinner tyres mean less work for you (but not racer thin, which punctures easier)
  • Mudguards mean less mud and rain on you
  • Rear carrier means less load on your back and thus more comfy
  • Optional basket for the same reasons
  • A bell means less people and animals to clean off your mudguards
  • Comfier seat and riding position means less angry back and bum
  • A chain guard keeps trousers / long skirt intact

ACCESSORIES

Lights
There are an array of LED bike lights available, but another option is dynamo lights that power themselves, especially the frictionless kind as they don't weigh much, don't slow you down and are on 24/7, so are great for rainy days, tunnels and winter. Here's some examples: Light Types
If worst comes to worst and you don't have one but must bike bring a head torch and strap it to the back on red or front as white.

Locks
The best way to prevent theft is to have a bike that looks mostly not worth stealing like mine. : D However in general terms, several locking systems will beat one 'as strong as' lock.

As an example, my bike tourer (sadly not with me in Wellington) has up to 3 locking systems:

  • Pinhead locking skewers: Locking Skewers, which are simply there all the time and stop buggers having off with my wheels
  • AXA Defender ring lock & optional cable: AXA Lock

I also have a built-in security tag Tag with a visible sticker to warn thieves off. You need to find your own system but cheap bike-simple cable lock and expensive bike-mulitple locking systems is one way to look at it.

Bell
Just get a bell, they're really handy!

GEAR

I'm not going to tell you what to wear and personally I wear random clothes while cycling. The one thing I will recommend is a visi vest. The more visible you are the better and these vests are dirt cheap from The Warehouse.
Otherwise, shorts are better than trousers but a trouser leg can be tucked into your socks, or use a clip if need be. A base layer to sweat in or keep you warm helps a lot. Wear flat-soled shoes that won't get damaged by your pedals and you'll be sweet.

More advanced cyclists will want to consider:

  • Padded shorts
  • Pedal clips or cleats
  • Very light and breathable cycling jackets
  • Bandana or skull cap for under your helmet
  • Fingerless cycling gloves or mittens

TOOLS

Have a look at the REPAIR GUIDE part of this blog to see what minimum kit you should have.

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