My Bike Essentials

I love cycling, it might just be my favorite event in a triathlon. These different items make riding on the road, on a trainer, and during a race so much more enjoyable and help me ride longer, harder, and allow me to look back at my stats. Let’s get right into it.

1. Clip Shoes

The first and most essential product that I use to train are bike shoes, or as I call them, Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 9.20.42 PMclip shoes. The idea of them is to allow the rider to not only push down on the pedals but push and pull the pedal back up to ride faster and with more power. Another benefit is that if you are pushing hard and doing an intense sprint, you can give it your all without worrying about your feet slipping off the pedals. Here is a picture of my current shoes:

2. Bike Trainer

An incredibly important element to bike training is a trainer. This lets me train in the Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 9.38.32 PMwinter, as there is no way I’m riding outside in this cold! If I didn’t have one, I would only be able to train for a few months out of the year, so that makes it crucial to my winter training. I use this Cycle ops trainer:

3. Garmin Edge 25

Whenever I’m riding outside, I love having a bike computer that will track my stats and even have a GPS on board. It lets Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 10.09.41 PM.pngme look back on the stats of my last rides, such as distance, time, and elevation. the software is intuitive, there are many helpful features such as the online community, and the affordable price makes this device an essential.

 

4. Solid Bike ShortsScreen Shot 2018-01-13 at 9.23.59 AM

In order to get a long ride in, a good pair of bike shorts makes it a hundred times more comfortable, and in my opinion, the more padding, the better. Enough Said.

 

5. Double-sided Pedals

This is one is is extremely useful if you not only go for training rides, but for leisurely Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 9.38.50 AMones too. The idea is that one side has a clip for if you are wearing clip shoes, but the other is a typical, flat pedal which you could ride on with running shoes. Usually, they make these for SPD clips only, so if you use another type you’re probably out of luck. They are very necessary for my day to day riding, and I highly recommend them!

6. Zwift

Here’s the main event. If you have to train indoors and dread it every time, Zwift is for Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 9.51.17 AMyou. If you love competing against others and enjoy challenges, Zwift is for you. If you want to make training easier and a ton more fun, Zwift is for YOU. Zwift is an online software and community that throws you into a new cycling-oriented world right on your computer, where you can compete with friends, family, and the world. There are great challenges (I’m working on the Mt. Everest challenge right now) and achievements to push you further and harder. If you have a trainer, bike with Ant+, and a device to use as a screen, you’re all set! Zwift has truly transformed my indoor training for the better.

7. Phone Mount

This last essential for me is used with Zwift, and that is a Phone Mount. I never use it Screen Shot 2018-01-13 at 9.53.47 AMwhen riding outside, but I do use it for Zwift mobile link and it’s great if I want to watch a video or something on my phone while riding (Only when on a trainer, obviously). there are so many versions out there, but here’s one example.

 

This was a fun post to write, and I hope you’ve added some of these to your shopping list!  If you want to be notified about more posts like these, follow by entering your email down below! Thank you for reading!

* None of the products mentioned are sponsored. These are all my ideas and opinions.

 

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