If you are thinking of using your bike for daily transport or are simply trying to make it better for that purpose, then this one’s for you.
A little cash in the right direction can significantly improve your experience as a commuter rider, and the suggestions below have been chosen to do just that.
Mudguards might not look great but you’ll soon be glad of them once things get moist BikeRadar
Getting soaked sucks and one surefire way of making riding in the rain a lot more pleasant is to do so with mudguards in place.
Full-length guards are the most effective but if your bike isn’t ready to accept them then mountain bike-style bolt-on items can work well too.
Check out our buyer’s guide to mudguards for further info.
Consider pannier racks/bags
A lot of people choose to commute with a backpack, yet for ultimate comfort and convenience it’s best to switch these out for racks and pannier bags.
Waterproof bags from the likes of Ortlieb are designed specifically to keep your clothes and possessions from getting spoiled in the rain.
Roll with tougher tyres
Continental’s Contact Plus tyres are known for their impressive puncture resistance Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media
People who ride every day tend to want absolute reliability from their bike and certainly don’t want to encounter punctures very often.
One of the best ways to fight against punctures is to fit tougher tyres with plenty of brands now offering reinforced anti-puncture tyres that are designed to shrug off the debris that often leaves more vulnerable tyres deflated.
Schwalbe and Continental both produce a range of tyres for this purpose.
Have a bell at your fingertips
Perfect for alerting pedestrians of your presence, the humble bell can be considered an essential for cycle paths.
Cyclists nowadays are spoilt for choice with everything from simple and affordable designs to exquisite, premium components such as the Spurcycle bell.
Invest in a quality lock
Sadly, investing in a quality lock is more important than ever before Oliver Woodman/Immediate Media
Okay, so this one isn’t really an upgrade, but with secure bike parking a luxury that few of us are lucky to have and cycle crime widely reported as being at an all-time high, there’s never been a better time to invest in a good lock.
An important part of remaining safe on a bicycle is making sure that you’re seen, and we think you should consider running lights in daytime hours to enhance your visibility.
Be sure to check our buyer’s guide to road bike lights for some solid recommendations.
- Sponsored: UK readers — can you go the extra mile this summer? By running or cycling to work you can be a part of Red Bull’s UK-wide Million Mile Commute. Join the club in Strava to be eligible for a Red Bull sample kit to set you on your way. Don’t forget to share your commutes by tagging @RedBullUk and use #MillionMileCommute