Biking Essentials Checklist

Biking Essential Checklist

Ready to get out there and start riding? If you’re just starting out or it’s been a while since you last biked, we compiled a list of biking essentials – everything you’ll need to have a safe, comfortable, and FUN time bicycling.

MUST HAVES: We Recommend These 7 Items For EVERY Cyclist.

bike and biking essentials for riding

We know, a bike seems pretty obvious, right? But in case you’re riding a hand-me-down from grandpa that’s been collecting dust in the garage for years – here’s a link to our Bike Buying Guide. There’s truly a bike for every interest, not to mention an appropriate model for your size, shape, and capabilities. Check out our huge selection of bikes online here or swing by your nearest shop to test-ride your favorites. Riding a bike that seems like it was “made for you” makes biking way more enjoyable!

A biking essential for all cyclists! Keep your head and brain safe while you’re out exploring the world by bike! Many of today’s helmets feature some pretty amazing technology like the Specialized ANGi Sensor that calls for help if a crash is detected and MIPS or Multi-Directional Impact Protection System that reduces head trauma when a helmet experiences impact from a fall. Shop our helmet selection here.

One of the easiest ways to enjoy a smooth ride is to make sure your tires are inflated appropriately. We have floor pumps (store them in the garage by your bike so you never forget to fill your tires before you ride) and portable pumps that attach right to your bike frame so you’re prepared if your tires lose air while out riding. Check out all the pumps we carry here.

Lights help you navigate at night. These biking essentials also make sure you’re seen by a passerby walking, biking, or driving. But there’s a big difference between being seen and seeing – check out our blog on bike lights here. Another good reason – most cities require cyclists to use lights! Check out our inventory of bike lights here to find the one that’s right for you. We recommend wearing a front and backlight while riding.

Cycling, even if you’re only taking a short, casual ride, can be a great workout! You’ll want to stay hydrated to get the most out of your biking experience. We sell water bottles and cages that mount right on your bike and hydration packs that you wear around your waist or on your back.

Whether you’re running errands by bike, meeting up with friends for a ride and bite to eat after, or parking your bike in your garage after a day of cycling – a sturdy, reliable lock to protect your bike from being stolen is a must-have item for biking essentials. We carry some of the best locks on the market today to keep your bike safe! Check all of them out here. And to learn how to lock your bike, check out our blog and video here.

7. Bike Service Plan
Bicycles are designed to last a long time as long as you keep them in good condition. Let us help! Keep your bike in peak performance with ERIK’S Care one or two-year service plans – and save money on service costs! Learn about our Service Plans here.

NEXT LEVEL: If You’re Ready To Take It Further, This Gear Is Key

biking essentials clothing and gear

Having your phone with you while biking is just as important as making sure your tires are pumped. It can tell you where to ride. It can motivate you with music. And it can call for assistance if you have issues. Having it mounted on your bike makes it convenient for directions – just remember not to text and bike! Check out our selection of mobile phone holders here.

Your bum will thank you! Cycling shorts provide extra padding in all the right spots so you can enjoy long rides on the saddle without discomfort. And, if you’re not into wearing tight spandex, there are relaxed-fit shorts too! View Men’s shorts here and women’s here.

Sure you can wear any old shirt when riding your bike, but a good cycling jersey will wick your sweat away and provide pockets for your keys, money, and energy bar. Plus there are some pretty sweet designs available that will make you look stylin’ out on your bike. Check out our selection of men’s jerseys here and women’s here.

When you head out on a ride, it’s a good idea to layer up. Even on warm days, you can get cold riding because of the wind. A Cycling jacket, like a jersey, has pockets in the right spots, is made to wick sweat, be breathable, and sometimes protect you from wind and rain. And when you’re ready to take it off, most will fold up so small you can store it in the back pocket of your cycling jersey. View our bike jackets for men and women to find a style you like.

Your body was not necessarily designed for biking – but wearing bike shoes makes it feel like it was! Cycling shoes offer specific support that helps align your feet, knees, and hips for pedaling efficiency. And just like bikes, there’s a shoe for every kind of rider. Peruse our selection here.

When you’re out riding a high-quality pair of sunglasses will reduce glare, protect your eyes from UV rays as well as any debris (bugs, dirt, etc.) that may cross your path. We carry top brands like Oakley and Tifosi – check out our entire stock here.

Whether you need to carry your phone safely, a spare tube, or a set of clothes to change into when you commute to work – we’ve got the perfect bike bag for your needs. From panniers to saddlebags to handlebar bags – we carry it all. Packs for your bike are definitely biking essentials if traveling! Check out our deep selection here.

When you’re ready to start tracking mileage, speed, and timing – it’s time for a bike computer. And many of our options do much more like offering GPS, tracking of your stats (heart rate, watts produced, etc.), easy connectivity with your friends, and integration with popular cycling apps. View all of our cycling computers here. If you are looking for GPS-specific computers go here.

If you’re not equipped with a large vehicle to haul your bike(s) around to fun cycling destinations – a car rack is a must. We have hitch, roof, and trunk racks, and ones specifically for pickup trucks too. Once you’re equipped with the right rack to transport your bike(s) the world is your oyster! See all of our racks here.

FOR DIY BIKE REPAIRS: Tackle Basic Bike Maintenance.

bike essential tools

This key tool will do a little of everything and is key for building your biking essentials list. Use it at home for your DIY bike projects or bring it with you on your rides. With one, you’ll be ready to tweak, adjust, and fix all the simple issues that can arise while you’re out biking. View our multi-tools here.

It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it can be a real bummer when you’re out on a sweet ride… Flat tires can instantly end your bike ride unless you’re equipped with a spare tube to change out your flat. We recommend always carrying 1-2 with you on your rides. Go here to stock up! And check out our Quick Tip Video: Fixing a Flat if you’re a novice but want to learn how to do this simple fix yourself.

A super-easy way to keep your bike running smoothly is to keep its chain lubed. Watch our tutorial on how to perform this task and then shop our selection here to find the lube that’s right for your bike and style of riding.

20. Bike Service Plan
If DIY bike repair isn’t your thing – no worries. Remember ERIK’S offers Bike Service Plans to keep your bike tuned up and running smoothly. Learn about our Service Plans here.

When equipped with these biking essentials your rides will be safe, comfortable, and fun! Swing by your local ERIK’S to shop in person or order all the supplies you need from us online. And then get out there riding!