Cycling Clothes

For those of us who are not elite athletes, squeezing into tight cycling clothing can seem a bit weird at first. But really, it’s the most comfortable option, especially for longer.

Now, you don’t have to go all-out Lycra. You can cover them over with loose shorts and t-shirts. You can bike all day in this stuff and then walk into a pub without looking like a loon.

On the other hand, if you’re wanting to get more into racing and athletic cycling, you’re going to have to love the tight stuff. It moves with you, it breathes really well, it reduces sweating – there’s not a better alternative. Wear it without underwear and wash it every time you wear it. This prevents chafing and discomfort, while keeping it in good condition.

As you get better, you’ll want to get clipless pedals – these attach you to the bike and are a great investment. They also work well with cycling specific shoes. Many of these have plain soles, but usually also have threads where you can attach cleats to go with the clipless pedals.

Getting a good helmet is also wise. While it’s not mandatory in most places, it’s generally a good idea in case of an accident. Protect your head – it’s the hardest part of the body to fix.

Now, you’ll also want to get some good eyewear. Cycling into the sun is no joke. The glare can get blinding on those morning rides, regardless of what time of year it is. Not to mention that if something flies into your eye when you’re racing along at speed, you’re going to know about. A good pair of polarised sunglasses, wrap-around style, will take care of both these issues.

Cycling Gear for Beginners

Walk into any bike shop and chances are you’ll have one of two reactions: either you want to buy EVERYTHING, or you want to get the hell out of there as fast as you possibly can.

Both are normal responses, but neither will do you any favours!

There’s an incredible amount of gear available out there. When you’re just getting started, you don’t need to go for top of the line for everything, and you definitely don’t need to get one of every piece of equipment.

Let’s start with the basics.

You need a lock.

If you’re planning on leaving your bike anywhere that’s not locked up in your home,  you need a lock. This is a piece of equipment that you really get what you pay for, too. Cheap ones are easily dealt with by anyone who really wants your bike or wheels. Invest in a good, high quality lock. The best ones will stand up to even the most violent assaults, short of someone wielding a power tool, so it’s worth spending extra here.

You can expect to spend $150 or $200 for a great lock. It might seem pretty steep, but it’s a whole lot cheaper than having to get a taxi home and replace your bike.

You’ll want some baggage.

The kind of luggage you will want really depends on the riding you’re doing. If you’re commuting or just getting around town, you’ll probably do just fine with a satchel or backpack. However, it can get unwieldy and uncomfortable on the days when you have heaps of gear.

If you’re doing longer rides, or regularly have heavy stuff, it’s better to get a rack and panniers so you can just strap everything to the bike and let it take all the weight.

If you’re off-roading, you definitely want a rucksack. It needs to be small and compact. It should fit a CamelBak, some sunscreen and maybe a replacement t-shirt, but that’s it.

Mudguards.

In order to prevent getting absolutely soaked if it rains, you’ll need to get some mudguards. Most bikes don’t come with them, as they don’t look very slick, but if you’re planning on all-weather riding, you will instantly regret not having them.

This is particularly true if you live in wet climates and get rain year-round. Believe me – it’s not worth the constant dampness.

Lights & Pumps

If you’re riding at night, you need a light. And let’s face it – you never know when you’re going to end up out and about after dark. Having a light both illuminates the road ahead of you and makes you visible. Bright LEDs are always a good option.

And when it comes to pumps, you never know when you’ll get a flat. Just best to be prepared.

Shipping and Delivery

We want to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting when you order from us, so here are all the details you will need to know for shipping and delivery:

International Delivery

The Bicycle Store now delivers to over 140 countries worldwide. Freight options are dependent on parcel weight and include Air Mail and Registered Air Mail. We do not charge handling fees and any discounts on freight we receive are passed onto our customers.  Delivery times vary dependant on destination, please allow 5-14 working days for delivery.

National Delivery

We deliver parts and accessories to all states and territories in Australia. All products are delivered using eParcel, Australia Post or Star Track Express. Please allow 3-7 working days for delivery of parts, accessories, clothing or bikes. Some items may take longer – subject to stock levels and availability.  Remote country areas may take up to 14 days.  Please note that public holidays, floods, strikes, storms and road closures can further disrupt freight and thus delivery could take longer under these circumstances.

Bicycle Delivery

We also deliver bikes fully assembled to the Sydney Metropolitan, Newcastle and Central Coast regions.  Delivery costs are displayed both in the shopping cart and checkout areas. We are unable to send some bicycle brands in boxes, to check on our current delivery restrictions and which bike brands are affected see the Manufacturer and Supplier Policies for further information.

Damaged or Missing Goods

Due to insurance conditions placed upon us by carriers, it is imperative that upon receiving your delivery that you immediately notify us if there is any missing items from your order, we need to receive notification within 48hours of the items being delivered. We advise caution when accepting boxed packages which are damaged, we suggest ensuring your items are not damaged before signing off on delivery.Please Note: Acceptance of delivery voids any liability to freight company.

How to Calculate Freight Cost

If you want to calculate freight on a single item, the easiest way to do this is on the product detail page of the item you wish to purchase, directly underneath the product photos on the left-hand side, simply enter your postcode and the freight amount will be displayed, if however you have more than one item in cart, please use the following procedure to calculate your freight amount.