Bike safety above all else. While a necessity for riding, do not underestimate the security of finding your bicycle where you left it last. Specialized stores, especially in large cities, often make recommendations that people tend to take too lightly: if you really want to save money on an accessory, remove the padlock and chain from your list. But it is no coincidence that more and more city cyclists pay more for their antitheft system than they spend for their bicycle. Suggestions on the brand? Kryptonite has always been the most highly recommended. The message is clear: not even Superman will be able to steal your bike. You can find good locks starting at 40 euros, but the “Kryptonite Messenger Mini + Plus Wheel Extender Bicycle U-lock” gets the best reviews on Amazon.
A Question of Comfort (and more)
Sometimes traveling via bicycle requires some sacrifice. One of these is the after-ride aches and pains when the saddle or seat is not suited to the cyclist. This is not just a question of comfort: this accessory is essential for performance as well. To be clear, it is not a gift to be taken lightly, because the choice must be made according to the type of bicycle and the ergonomic position assumed. So be careful: a leather seat may certainly seem more comfortable, but it cannot be used on all types of racing bikes, where technically you do not look for comfort or softness, but lightness. It wouldn’t be good on mountain bikes either, as the seat must be covered with rather conforming material, guaranteeing the muffling of vibrations and the absorption of impact on the pelvis. Other important distinctions to be made are the needs of the different sexes: a woman’s saddle could be comfortable for man, but the opposite is rarely the case. And if you see a saddle with a small lengthwise hole in the centre, don’t worry. It is not a manufacturing defect, but a useful device to alleviate pressure and better distribute the weight of the rider. The “Selle Italia Nekkar Plus Flow” saddle in black is a good compromise, at 33 euros.