Don’t Leave The Store
Before you finalize the deal on that new bike, you need to consider these essential items to go along with it. Do your shopping now.
Most bike shops will offer a sweet discount on
gear, parts and accessories that are purchased
with your new bike. You’ll not only save money,
but you’ll head out for your first ride on your new
bike geared to go.
Work them into the new
bike price and save
We wouldn’t ride without gloves. They help prevent
nasty blisters and will likely save your skin in a crash.
Lightweight full-fingered gloves like the SixSixOne Raji
or Lizard Skins G-Love are our particular preference.
Some people like a lot of padding in the palm, but we
have found that minimal padding with a quality set of
grips (like ODI Lock-On grips) is the best way to go.
You will want to drink during your rides, so pick up
three or four water bottles and a cage (or two) to secure
your bottles to your bike. If you just dropped some coin
on a new full-suspension rig, your water-bottle mounts
will likely be limited. If this is the case, then a hydration
pack is the way to go. Either way, you have to be able to
hydrate on your rides.
This one is obvious; protect your most vital organ—
your brain. All helmets have to adhere to CPSC safety
standards, so why are some helmets so expensive?
Spending more on a helmet will get you better ventilation, lower weight and a more precise fit. More bucks
equals more protection? There is no proof to this.