Cycling Essentials & Tips
Once you've got your bike, it's time to get the right accessories. At Bike Mart, we're strong believers in safe and responsible riding. Whether you're new to cycling or a veteran cyclist, there are always new tips and products to make your ride more comfortable and enjoyable. From helmets to bike racks, each of our cycling essentials is guaranteed to improve your ride.
9 Things to Buy, Know, and Do for a Great Ride
5 Essential Items - Stay safe, elevate your ride.
1. Wear a Helmet - It could save your life.
The most essential item--safety. With different technologies, sizes, colors, and styles, at Bike Mart we'll have the helmet that fits you best--guaranteed. Try on in-store! Let us show you the difference between our favorite helmets. We always put safety first, and recommend that all riders wear a helmet when in the saddle. When you get a helmet, keep in mind they expire 5 years after original use and always need to be replaced after having a hard impact.
2. Stay hydrated - and replace what you burn off.
To ride well, hydrate well! Did you know you can lose up to 48 ounces of water an hour while riding in the Texas heat? At Bike Mart, we recommend drinking your body weight (lbs) in ounces of water the day before your ride. That's only part of it, though. When on your ride, take 20 ounces of water or electrolyte mix per hour of riding. We have plenty of water bottles, hydration packs, and hydration mixes to choose from.
3. New pedals - the best upgrade!
From simple flat pedals to clipless systems, elevate your ride by adding traction, stamina, and power by upgrading this often overlooked component. Don't be intimidated by clipless pedals, they're easy to learn and improve your riding like you wouldn't believe! Let us help match your pedals to riding goals. Don't overlook this cycling essential.
4. See and be seen - always use lights.
Reduce the risk of bike collisions any time of day with front and rear bike lights. We recommend always riding with lights, so you can ride with peace of mind knowing you'll be seen. Get the attention of motorists and cyclists. Bright lights save lives, we prefer at least one front and rear blinking light during the day, and one bright light front and rear at night--even better to have another blinking one at night.
5. Carry your bike safely - and fuss-free.
Take out the fuss and save space by carrying your bike on a car rack or tailgate pad! With car racks and tailgate pads, you can kiss the need to take off bike wheels or lower seats. From convertibles to trucks, we carry racks that fit most car models.
Get the most out of your ride - our 3 favorite cycling tips
6. Set proper saddle height - save your joints.
Riding with your saddle set at the proper height is the best way to have a comfortable, painless, and joint-saving ride. When riding with the wrong saddle height, your joints could hurt after putting on a few miles. From your lower back down to your ankles, proper saddle height will keep you from premature pain of having to go back early.
7. Inflate tires to proper pressure - don't pinch flat.
Whether you plan to ride on the road, trail, gravel, or bike path, having the right tire pressure is an important way to prevent flats. When the pressure in your tires gets too low, you risk getting a pinch flat - when the tube inside your tire will tear from the weight of the tire and rim. Prevent this by having to correct pressure - a couple PSI can make a BIG difference!
8. Changing a flat - don't let a flat ruin your ride.
When riding with tubes in your tires, it's inevitable you'll get a flat tire. Whether riding on concrete or the trail, we always believe in bringing a flat kit (tube, tire levers, and air) on your ride. Before your first bike ride, it's always a good idea to know how to change a flat and have to correctly-sized tube. Check out this video to see how to not let a flat ruin your ride.
Getting on the bike - have peace of mind
9. How to pack for a ride - bring everything you need.
In addition to bringing a flat kit, check out this video to show what else you need to bring. Lights, water, etc. Put the essentials to use. All of our favorite essentials put into play!
A Few of Our Favorite Essentials
There's nothing like a great ride.
Once you've got the essentials and tips--it's time to ride! Looking for more info or want to ride with someone? Come ride at one of our store rides! From beginner-friendly to pro-paced rides, there is certainly a ride for you!