What is the best cycling equipment for beginners?



comebackkid

Member
Aug 10, 2022
23
8
3
53
You need very little other than a bicycle. This morning as the sun was coming up I jumped onto my bicycle and did a fast 33 miles. I had no cycling specific equipment other than the bicycle and a messenger bag I sling over my shoulder to carry an apple, a spare inner-tube, a set of small plastic tire-irons and an adjustable wrench. I also usually take a bottle of water with me held onto the bike with a water-bottle cage. I have flat pedals on the bike I use the most so I just wore sneakers, cut-off shorts and a t-shirt and hat. The messenger bag I bought over 20 years ago, the bicycle I bought about a year and a half ago for $3 at a garage-sale, which of course needed new tires and a chain, but little else outside of standard cleaning and lubricating. It even has the original 1973 brake and shift cables on it, which sounds dangerous, but they must be in good shape as i have put a few thousand miles on them with no signs of fraying or failure. So in summary most of cycling is the person doing it, not the equipment. As long as you have any bike in good mechanical condition, depending on the distance you are riding you need little to nothing else.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Santic

Santic

New Member
Sep 7, 2022
5
4
3
27
You need very little other than a bicycle. This morning as the sun was coming up I jumped onto my bicycle and did a fast 33 miles. I had no cycling specific equipment other than the bicycle and a messenger bag I sling over my shoulder to carry an apple, a spare inner-tube, a set of small plastic tire-irons and an adjustable wrench. I also usually take a bottle of water with me held onto the bike with a water-bottle cage. I have flat pedals on the bike I use the most so I just wore sneakers, cut-off shorts and a t-shirt and hat. The messenger bag I bought over 20 years ago, the bicycle I bought about a year and a half ago for $3 at a garage-sale, which of course needed new tires and a chain, but little else outside of standard cleaning and lubricating. It even has the original 1973 brake and shift cables on it, which sounds dangerous, but they must be in good shape as i have put a few thousand miles on them with no signs of fraying or failure. So in summary most of cycling is the person doing it, not the equipment. As long as you have any bike in good mechanical condition, depending on the distance you are riding you need little to nothing else.
Thank you so much!
 
  • Like
Reactions: comebackkid

dabac

Well-Known Member
Sep 16, 2003
2,298
288
83
52
I am a just starting to learn to ride. Any recommendations for riding gear?
Clothes that work for what you’re doing. Stuff that doesn’t chafe, doesn’t catch on the chain and doesn’t billow in the wind. If you intend to ride yourself sweaty, I recommend synthetics, as they dry faster.
For the bike, knowledge, tools and materials to deal with a puncture.
Depending on length of ride, water, a snack, some extra clothing.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Santic

Santic

New Member
Sep 7, 2022
5
4
3
27
Clothes that work for what you’re doing. Stuff that doesn’t chafe, doesn’t catch on the chain and doesn’t billow in the wind. If you intend to ride yourself sweaty, I recommend synthetics, as they dry faster.
For the bike, knowledge, tools and materials to deal with a puncture.
Depending on length of ride, water, a snack, some extra clothing.
Thank you for your reply. What should I pay more attention to?
 

dabac

Well-Known Member
Sep 16, 2003
2,298
288
83
52
Thank you for your reply. What should I pay more attention to?
Pay more attention to what troubles you most.
For a new rider, being comfortable on the bike is more important than marginal speed gains. Be ready to swap saddle, bar, stem. Try a few different tire pressures, maybe even tire widths.
 

Mr. Beanz

Well-Known Member
Aug 18, 2015
1,894
992
113
I agree about comfort. Get a decent saddle. Maybe inexpensive bike shorts.

Be sure you enjoy and handle being comfortable on the saddle. If not you will have no desire to ride.

For the record I'm riding a $25 saddle . Charge Spoon saddle on ebay. Fits me great might not like it yourself but a comfortable saddle doesn't need to cost 200. It's about finding one that works for you.

Because you don't like one saddle, it doesn't mean others won't work for you.

Some people give up because they think all saddles are the same. Nope!

I liked my first Spoon saddle so much that I bought 2 more for my other road bike and a tandem.
DSCN2202.JPG
 
Last edited:

feilcoleman

New Member
Oct 21, 2022
3
4
1
The first important thing I want to suggest to you is a helmet because it is an item that ensures your safety. Regarding clothes, you can prepare shorts, gloves, and cycling shoes with hard soles. And some equipment you can equip such as water bottles, blinking lights, mini pumps, seat bags, .. ...
 

feilcoleman

New Member
Oct 21, 2022
3
4
1
I am using Sahoo Bicycle Saddle Bag. I also like the large capacity of this saddle bag and the ability to adjust the storage space if not in use. It can prevent water from entering inside when it rains, and stains can be easily removed.