The Cycle Insurance team consider 14 popular ways to improve bicycles

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There are many options and upgrades available for bicyles, the Cycle Insurance team have come up with 14 of the most popular bicycle improvements.

Some upgrades may improve the aesthetics, others are intended to increase functionality or improve road safety

Some upgrades may improve the aesthetics, others are intended to increase functionality or improve road safety

There are a wide range of security devices available

The Cycle Insurance team are aware that there are many after-market modifications available for cycle owners to purchase which may improve the style and aesthetics of the bicycle. Others are intended to increase functionality or for improved road safety.

Here (in no particular order) are some of the items regularly considered:

  • Reflectors and lights can be added to both the front and rear of any bicycle. These will make the cyclist more visible to other road users; something especially important during night time use or conditions of poor visibility such as fog or rain.
  • Bags and baskets can make a bicycle a more practical machine. They also reduce the temptation for a cyclist to carry bags on the handlebars which is a dangerous activity.
  • Bells and horns can be added to ensure other road users are aware of the cyclist.
  • Mirrors can be added so that approaching vehicles can be seen; this is especially useful when cyclists wish to turn right and need to manoeuvre to the middle of the road.
  • Tyre pumps are a really useful piece of kit, but these should not be left on the bicycle when it is unattended as they are easily stolen.
  • Cycle computers are becoming increasingly popular and can be used to measure the speed the cyclist is travelling at, the distance travelled as well as the average speed; important information if the bicycle is being used as part of a fitness programme.
  • Mudguards provide wheel coverage but are generally not fitted to many new bicycles. These provide protection from the mud and water spray that the tyres generate in wet or muddy conditions. (Especially useful for commuters!)
  • Gears can be replaced or modified to make the bicycle more suitable to a wider range of riding conditions, improving efficiency and providing a more enjoyable ride.
  • Portable GPS satellite navigation systems can be added to bicycles to help find the quickest, safest route for each journey.
  • Water bottles and drink holders are essential for any long distance rides, and during competitive cycling, to provide essential hydration.
  • There are a wide range of bicycle security devices available including padlocks, chains, loop locks, identification markers and micro chip tracking devices.
  • Cycle helmets are an essential piece of safety equipment for any cyclist and should always be worn.
  • There is a wide range of cycle wear available, designed to provide support whilst cycling and to keep the cyclist visible to other road users
  • Finally, cycle insurance is a popular upgrade, as this protects the cyclist from financial loss against theft, accidental damage, third party liability and more.

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