There’s a dizzying array of add-ons available for bikes these days, all of them promising to improve looks, performance, handling, comfort and practicality.
The trouble is that modifying your bike can be addictive and it’s all too easy to get carried away. Those essential accessories that promised to improve your ride can end up weighing you down – spiritually, financially and literally in some cases!
Here are three simple upgrades that will genuinely transform your ride, for a modest outlay. All of them can be fitted at home by someone with basic mechanical skills, knowledge and tools.
Waterproof Phone Holder
The smartphone in your pocket can give you turn-by-turn directions, find fuel, food, somewhere to stay the night, point you towards breathtaking routes and roads, and act as your camera and video recorder too.
Scottoiler V System
Though not particularly exciting, an automatic chain oiler, like Scottoiler’s V System, makes your chain run more smoothly, and can massively extend its life.
That not only means less time in the workshop and more time for riding, a smooth-running chain means a smoother, sharper and more responsive bike too – it can even reduce your fuel consumption. Win – win.
Although they don’t seem like much of an add-on, Heated Grips offer huge comfort benefits, with very little change to the look and feel of your bike.
Hands and fingers are normally the first thing to feel the chill on a cold day.
Adding warmth to them massively increases your likelihood of enjoying the ride, or going out in the first place.
Think about it, just that one simple upgrade could lengthen your riding season.