Since the 2020 circuit breaker period, many Singaporeans have taken to cycling outdoors for a fix of fresh air and to escape the lockdown-induced cabin fever.
Whether you are new to the sport and just wanting to get out of the house, or an avid cyclist tearing up the numerous cycling trails here, we’ve curated a list of cycling must-haves to make your rides smoother and more enjoyable.
An absolute must for every ride, this bike bag comes equipped with a film window to keep your phone accessible for use as you ride, and dry in wet weather conditions. The bag is well designed, with enough room for all your essentials and is water resistant too.
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A full-size pump will help you to get a tire back up to pressure faster, but a mini-pump has the advantage of being, well, mini and can easily be carried in a bag, on your bike or in your pocket. Compatible with both presta and schrader tires.
Still going cycling in your everyday FBTs or sports shorts? Wait till you try on a proper pair of cycling shorts that doesn’t break the bank… You’ll experience a world of difference!
The Souke cycling shorts come with an ergonomic pad with 4-way stretch, with dense foam padding for extra comfort and durability. Sounds too hot to handle? The pad is perforated for airflow and ventilation, making it extra breathable.
You may think that bike gloves would be the last thing on the list for a leisure cyclist, but think again! Bike gloves are important for rider safety as the anti-slip feature increases your grip and provides better handlebar control.
Have you ever gone for a leisure ride and ended up with blisters and sores on your feet, even when you wore sport socks and shoes? Equip yourself with a pair of proper cycling socks. Though they cost a little more, they will help you go the distance.
Bike socks are developed for cycling, with ergonomic fit and cushioning at the heel, foot and toe areas that ensures a blister-free cycling adventure.
Always keep an eye on what’s behind you as you ride with the Garmin Varia RCT715. This nifty gadget comes with a reliable rearview radar that provides visual and audible alerts for vehicles approaching from behind up to 140m away.
With a built-in camera that records at 1080p/30 fps, ride with a peace of mind, knowing you’ll capture clear footage if anything out of the ordinary is detected with its automatic incident capture feature.
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst with the Gore-tex Paclite Cycling Jacket. Extremely packable and lightweight, very breathable, and proven to be abrasion resistant and very durable. This jacket will be right next to you for any unexpected adventures.
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Have the freedom to go for a ride at all hours of the day. This USB rechargeable light features 5 modes for day and night, and its compact design and adjustable hard mount makes it easy to attach to the handlebars of any bike
The Boardman Carbon shoes offer up an all-carbon sole and twin Atop dial adjustments, which are much more affordable but just as effective as the Boa system. Internal padding in the upper part of the shoe adds comfort and good toe box width provides extra wiggle room just snug enough for any ride.
Stay dry on any type of bike by fitting your bicycle with mudguards. If you've never used mudguards, you'll be surprised at how much water they keep off. When you ride in the rain, you mostly get wet from water thrown up by the wheels, especially in Singapore where rain is a constant.
There are many many mudguards in the market to fit just about every type of bike. SKS Raceblade Pro XL Fenders is a quick release/strap-on mounted splash protection. If you're not looking at permanently mounted fenders, this fender set is the perfect option. It is popular for bike with no eyelets and minimal clearance between the frame and tire. Length of stays can be adjusted and angles are infinitely adjustable to fit almost any frame geometry.