Once you have your new, correctly sized and properly fit bicycle you can ride off without another care in the world. Arriving at your destination in comfort, safety or at all may be another matter. Careful selection of accessories, made with help from the professionals at Lakeside Bicycles will help keep you on the road while preserving the child-like sense of joy you felt at the time of the initial purchase. Please, stay on the road, preserve the child we worked so hard to release and let Lakeside Bicycles guide you through the Zen art of the accessories from Safety, Comfort and Courtesy to Not Being.
"Accessorise, it is what separates you from animals with no thumbs."
While bicycling is an inherently safe activity there are risks. While weighing those risks we suggest you considder these safety items. None of them is overly expensive or burdonsome and each can improve the already good odds that you will return from every ride whole and happier than when you left (you will have just been out riding, right?).
"Don't try not to crash. Be the not crash"
The more comfortable you are on the bike, the more you are likely to ride. Comfort on the bikes comes from choosing the correct size, finding the correct position on your new bike and carefully selecting appropriate accessories to use with your bike. If you are new to the sport or returning after a long break, we will be glad to advise you on size, fit and the sometimes puzzling array of available accessories. Each of the categories described below will help improve some facet of every ride and help you to enjoy yourself without needless discomfort.
Not everyone rides to train. If your training to become faster or to improve endurance, then the process of "training load and recovery*" is probably going to cause some discomfort (commonly know as pain). That discomfort should not be confused with the pain of an injury or an improperly equipped or fitted bike. We can help you achieve your goals with a minimum of pain, but it is an inevitable part of the path to improvement and seldom subject to magic bullet cures.
An argument can be made for including handle bar tape or grips to this list, we disagree and won't.
"One does not find comfort by seeking comfort. The only true path to comfort is in trying many different saddles and in not trying many different saddles"
*In order for a muscle (including the heart) to increase strength, it must be gradually stressed by working against a load greater than it is used to. To increase endurance, muscles must work for a longer period of time than they are used to or at a higher intensity.
These are miscellaneous accessories which can make life easier for your fellow riders as well as for you.
"Each ride is a blossom to be viewed with a curious spirit"
In summary, we recommend you consider, at a minimum, the following accessories for your bike:
"The truth of Zen is the truth of riding, and riding means to ride, to move, to act, not merely to coast"