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There’s plenty of gear that you can purchase to make everyday cycling fun, easy, fashionable, etc. But, it’s not necessary to buy all of it for your first ride to work or to the store. Here’s what you need for the first ride, and other things you’ll want to consider as you ride more frequently.


Members of the local bike coalitions (e.g., SFBC, EBBC) receive discounts at local bike shops!


Biking for the first time:


    There’s plenty of gear that you can purchase to make everyday cycling fun, easy, fashionable, etc. But, it’s not necessary to buy all of it for your first ride to work or to the store. Here’s what you need for the first ride, and other things you’ll want to consider as you ride more frequently.


    Members of the local bike coalitions (e.g., SFBC, EBBC) receive discounts at local bike shops!


    Biking for the first time:

    • Bike (make sure tires are pumped to pressure listed on the tire & brakes work)
    • Helmet (securely fastened under chin and sitting squarely across your forehead)
    • U-lock & cable (lock frame & both wheels to something secure; remove anything removable)
    • General Tips:
    • ○ Travel light (carry things in a backpack; leave things in a locked office or locker)
      ○ Ride during daylight hours (until you gain more experience)
      ○ Roll up pant leg (so it doesn’t get caught in chain)


    Biking on a regular basis

    • Rear view mirror (use as you would a car mirror)
    • Front headlight & rear flashing red light (required by law after dark)
    • Pant leg clips (unless you like rolling up your pant leg)
    • Cell phone (for emergencies)


    Optional/more advanced

    • Odometer (to track your mileage & your accomplishments)
    • Back rack & pannier (to carry your things)
    • Bike gloves (to protect the nerves of your palms & protect your hands if you fall)
    • Wet weather gear (rainjacket & rainpants, galoshes, fenders, cover for your pannier & helmet)
    • Mounted water bottle

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