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Essential Cycling Accessories

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Your List Of Must Have Bike Accessories

If you're just getting into cycling and aren't sure what gear you'll need to make your time on your bike the most fun and safe as possible we've made this guide to help guide you along the way. Having the necessary bike accessories can make or break your cycling experience. Get the gear you need and have more fun! 

Read on to learn more about what your essential cycling accessories and bike supplies are.

What Bike Accessories Do I Need?

Everyone at Dedham Bike rides and we feel there are a core group of items that you should add to your gear kit. 

It is our feeling that every bike should at the minimum be decked out with the must have group of accessories.

The Must Haves

  • Helmet
  • Bike Safety Lights
  • Hydration
  • Bike Lock
  • Floor Pump
  • Kickstand
  • Flat Kit
  • Mini Pump
  • Car Rack
  • Chain Lube
  • Bike Cleaning Supplies

Very Nice To Have

  • Riding Gloves
  • Cycling Shoes 
  • Clipless Pedals
  • Cargo Rack
  • Saddle Bag
  • Rack Bag
  • Panniers
  • Phone Holder
  • Mini Tool Kit
  • Cycling Computer

Things To Think About

  • Repair Stand
  • Home Tool Kit
  • Indoor Trainer



A safe bike helmet is the most important piece of gear you can have. It will protect your head in the event of a crash and actually helps cool your head due to it's well placed vents. Explore our top rated helmets page to learn more about MIPS and Wavecel, two bike helmet technologies that provide the highest levels of protection in the event of a crash. Do not skip out on a helmet, it really is number one on the must have list of accessories!



Having a way to carry fluids with you while riding is very important. You should be hydrating throughout your ride, especially in heat and cold weather. A basic water bottle and holder or hydration pack will do the trick nicely. Hydration is huge and should be very high on your need to have bicycle accessories list.

Hydration & Nutrition Guide

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Cycling Gloves

A good pair of cycling gloves is essential for comfort and safety. The gloves will protect your hands in a crash and greatly add to the comfort factor when on your bike. You can choose from several types of gloves.

Cycling Comfort Guide

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Bike Pumps & Co2 Chargers

Having a way to inflate your tires in the event of a flat tire or topping of your air pressure before your ride is a must. Being self sufficient out on the road or trail will make your cycling experience much more fun. Be sure to follow this quick tire pressure check before every ride for best performance and comfort!

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Padded Bike Shorts

A quality pair of riding shorts or bibs are huge for utmost comfort while riding your bike. The padding in the shorts helps to minimize compression of soft tissue and wards off soreness and chaffing on longer rides. You can choose from tight fitting shorts or the more baggy styles that also allow you to carry items, similar to a cargo short. As far as bike clothing goes, a good pair of riding shorts should be a must have on your list.

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Flat Repair Kit & Tools

Having a flat repair kit & the associated tools will allow you to change a flat tire and replace your bad tube. Combined with your pump or Co2 setup you will have all you'll need to get rolling again.

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Chain Lube And Cleaning Supplies


Lubing your bike chain every few rides is essential to smooth shifting and quiet operation of your bicycle's drivetrain. A dry chain increases wear and friction which means you'll be working harder. Be sure to clean your bike after a hard ride with the proper bike supplies.

Basic Lube Up Guide

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Learn about chain maintenance and replacement

Car Racks

How will you transport your bike? Jamming it into a trunk or back seat is terrible for your bike. Spend a few extra dollars and get your self a quality bike rack for your car. We can help you determine what rack you need for your vehicle.

What Kind Of Car Rack Do I Need?

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