7 Accessories to Pick up for the Perfect Hudson Valley Bike Ride

Looking to make the most of your tour? Check out these expert-recommended biking accessories.

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Sure, you have your bike…but what about your other gear? Here’s what to stock up on before you pump your tires and start to pedal during your next Hudson Valley bike ride.

helmet

Well-fitting helmet.

This is a no-brainer. Tours provide helmets but buy your own for a customizable fit and “more comfortable features,” says Dave Kraus, the developer of Ciclismo Classico’s Hudson Valley bike tour.

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bicycle shirt

Bright-colored clothing.

When you’re cycling through on-road sections, you need to be mindful of vehicles. Neon or reflective clothes will warn drivers of your presence.

bike computer

Bike computer.

It’s like MapQuest—but for your bicycle! If you’re feeling a bit bougie (or want to take cycling seriously), these devices are a worth it. They can track your trip, vitals, and riding data with GPS components.

Camelbak water bottle

Sips and snacks.

Always stay hydrated (Pictured: CamelBak Podium bike water bottle). Electrolytes (like Liquid IV) and energy bars are important, too, says Sierra Fogal at Pocono Biking.

tire repair kit

Tire repair kits and pumps.

Sometimes bumps on the road are unavoidable (and not your fault). Check out these repair kits.

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Cycling shoes

Cycling shoes.

Sure, you can wear sneakers, but the pros recommend cycling shoes for better pedal grip, comfort, and equally distributed pressure on your feet. Look for brands such as Bontrager, Pearl iZUMi, and Shimano.

Cycling shorts

Cycling shorts.

One of the most important rules of biking: Choose comfort over style. Shorts with padding will literally save your behind. “The chamois can take a little getting used to, but you’ll be glad for it after several hours on a bike saddle,” says Mia Liefeld, director of marketing and communications at DuVine Cycling. It’s also recommended to wear layers on days that start cool and warm up by the afternoon.

Related: This Bicycle Garden Teaches Newburgh Students About Bike Safety

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