You know what else is great about bikes? Not only can you go fast, or go far or just have fun on them, you can also go somewhere. And it doesn’t take much to make nearly any bike or cyclist a little more suited to commuting – whether that trip is just around the corner or a whole lot farther.
Clothing: No matter how good it looks, you probably won’t rock that new Bicycle Sport kit to the Harris Teeter. And that’s ok. There’s a time and place for your high-tech stuff, when form-fitting and wind cheating are important. Technical fabrics, brighter colors – and fewer logos – in pieces designed for comfort and style on AND off the bike make those rides to work, school, the store or any other place that much easier. And once you’re there, you won’t look like you’ve spent the morning time trialing with the COCAC.
Shoes and Pedals: Clip-in pedals and shoes for road and mountain bike use are built to work together to maximize efficiency while you’re on the bike. However, they’re not so awesome off the bike. But you’ve got lots of options here. A more casual, touring-type shoe will let you keep your current pedals on the bike, but make walking a whole lot easier. Pedals with two-sided entry will let you run your bike-specific shoes OR a sneaker, and there are even pedal covers that slide or clip on to your existing pedals to transform them into flat pedals for any shoe.
Fenders: If you’ve ever wondered about those little eyelets on your frame or fork, ponder no more. These are the spots where you can attach fenders to your bike, making wet weather rides or commutes a whole lot less sloppy. Not only will fenders keep your clothes and shoes cleaner, they’ll keep your drivetrain from getting gunked-up as fast. No fender eyelets? No worries. Clip-on fenders work in a pinch and fit nearly every style bike. And as much as it’s rained in Charlotte this summer…
Racks and Bags: Bikes designed specifically for commuting and touring have eyelets for fenders AND racks. But even without all the eyelets, there are seatpost mounted racks and mounting clips that can turn your bike into a cargo hauling machine. You’ll open a whole new world to yourself and your bike when you think beyond what a backpack can carry. Well-designed bike bags clip directly onto the racks, are waterproof or water-resistant, and take the load off your back.
Lights: This is a no-brainer no matter how, when and where you ride. Even an inexpensive, front-and-rear light kit can make any ride safer. Most kits these days take AA, AAA or rechargeable batteries and have simple attachments that fit any handlebar, seatpost, seat stay, or other spare space on your frame, and can easily be moved from bike to bike. And unless it’s race day when weight really matters, you can set ‘em and forget ‘em. Then if you’re ever caught in the dark, whether it be early or late, you’ll be ready.
Want to know how to get more from your bike? Just ask the crew here at Bicycle Sport to show you around the gear and accessories that can make your bike your go-to ride no matter what!