Must-Have Cycling Accessories

Must-Have Cycling Accessories

MUST-HAVE CYCLING ACCESSORIES

When you’re looking to crush your personal best, taking to the road for extra training hours can only get you so far. We believe that having the best gear and accessories can be the key to reaching your goal when seconds count.

There’s a plethora of cycling accessories out there - ones to make you go faster, some to make your ride more comfortable, and others to keep you (and your bike) safe: helmets, indoor bike trainers, lights, locks (and the all important fuel!)

Here are our top JackRabbit recommendations for all things cycling accessories.

cycling on a city street

FOR THE TIME-CRUNCHED ATHLETE

INDOOR BIKE TRAINERS

If you’re down to spend hours in your basement spinning in place, these are for you.  There’s many different kinds with varying levels of bells and whistles, but if you really take it to the limit, you can snag a great trainer like a Wahoo KICKR Corethat is relatively quiet, easy to set up, and records loads of stats and data for you. Check out our full selection of bike trainers here.

TRAINING APPS FOR CYCLISTS
To go alongside these trainers, if you’re spending your cycling hours indoors, a great app is the perfect complement to help you not only gather more data and train harder, but keep you entertained!  

The three most popular apps out there are Zwift, Trainer Road, and Sufferfest.  

The most social of the three, and our personal favorite, is Zwift - take your digital avatar out on the open road for group rides with other cyclists!  They’ve also got a solid library of training plans and workouts, but this isn’t just the app’s strong suit. If you don’t have a training plan or haven’t hired a coach, then these apps are a must-have.

child on tricycle with helmet

FOR THE ATHLETE CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY

BIKE LIGHT AND CAMERAS
If you ever cycle in the dark, you HAVE to have good cycling lights for visibility.  Having multiple lights on the front and back are best - and a great pair to check out are from Cycliq - the Fly 12 CE122 HD, and the Fly 6 CE601 HD.  These are front and rear lights, respectively, and both have an HD camera - great for reliving your rides, or for evidence should you ever find yourself in a collision or accident.

BIKE HELMETS
This goes without saying! Every cyclist needs a great helmet.  Many these days are equipped with lights, built-in headphones, MIPS protection technology, and more.  Our helmet selection is coming soon!

serious cyclist with glasses in the forest

FOR THE CYCLISTS WHO HAVE TO HAVE THE BEST

A WAHOO TRAINER ECO-SYSTEM
If you’re training hard and want to really take it to the next level (and impress all your friends), a Wahoo indoor training ecosystem might just be the ticket.  Here’s the lowdown:
A smart trainer.  This one’s fairly obvious - check out the KICKR CORE and KICKR SNAP.

WAHOO CLIMB
The Wahoo Climb accessory device pairs great with Zwift, and will increase or decrease the incline of your ride based on what your virtual gradient is. It can go as high as 20% incline, and go down as low as -10%.

WAHOO HEADWIND
The Wahoo Headwind “smart” fan can increase the speed of air based on your heart rate, and it can also be controlled by an app to simulate biking against the wind. How neat is that?

WAHOO TRAINING DESK:
If you’re a go-getter who always needs to multitask - or someone who’s always binge-watching some streaming service - the Wahoo Training Desk is a nifty accessory will allow you to use a laptop, keyboard, tablet, or other device while cycling.

female cyclist on a trail

WHY BIKE ACCESSORIES MATTER

While having a great bike is certainly key, it’s important to take into account just how important accessories are into getting you in the best shape for your next race.  Also take into account environmental factors - if you live somewhere cold or rainy, having an indoor trainer might be paramount for you as you’d be able to train indoors any time of the year!  

Another one - if you live in a city or somewhere with busy roads, having bike cameras & lights are great for when you have to bike in the early morning or evening.  This way you’re visible to drivers, and have recordings should anything bad happen. These accessories don’t just benefit cyclists who are the top of the top - they’re great for beginners too!  

Bike computers help you find where you’re going, and cameras can help you capture fun memories of your rides through beautiful locales. No matter how serious of a cyclist you are, there’s an accessory (or two, or three…) for you!

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Melanie Mitchell

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