So, you have given careful consideration to the type of bike you need, where you’ll ride, and who you’re going to ride with.
Now for the difficult decisions!
What accessories do I need to make my cycling experience more pleasurable?
Well, here are the basic rules . . .
First and foremost is safety. Protect your head with a helmet that surpasses international safety standards. If you speak to cyclists, they all have a crash story they like to tell. Make sure that in the unlikely event that you have a fall on your bike, you are fully protected.
Next thing is water! Dubai, and the entire Middle East region is hot all year round. In summer it is very very hot. No question. Keep yourself hydrated at all times with either bottles or hydration packs.
And if you ride at dusk, night or early morning, make yourself as conspicuous as possible to all the other road users. A good set of lights will make you visible to other people. We have everything from tiny LED lights, right through to big powerful headlights that will light up the road ahead of you, and are also great for any night mountain bike rides.
Something all riders should have when heading out on a ride it a saddle bag with a repair kit and tools to avoid getting stuck out on the road and not being able to fix a flat tire, loose bolt or any basic mechanical problem. A saddle bag should consist of a spare inner tube (with a valve long enough to accommodate your wheel rim depth) , a CO2 canister with the inflator tool or hand pump to inflate the tube again, tire levers to take the tire on and off, a multi-tool to tighten and loosen and bolts or make adjustments if necessary during the ride and a basic inner tube patch kit.
And filtering through all of that are your performance goals; will you be a recreational rider with your family, or are you aiming to win the Tour de France?