Tech Tips

The Ultimate road cycling shopping list

Cycling is a beautiful sport. It can also be quite expensive to get started. Apart from the initial purchase of a bike, there is a fairly hefty list of equipment and accessories that are necessary before jumping on your new wheels and taking off. We have created a list of essentials for every road cyclist to be perfectly equipped for the sport.

The essentials:

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Road shoes
  • Pedals
  • 2x jersey
  • 2x bib knicks
  • 2x cycling socks
  • Gloves
  • Riding sunglasses with photochromatic or replaceable lenses
  • Wedge pack
  • 2x spare tubes
  • 2x Tire levers
  • Mini tool (hex/Allen keys, Phillips head, chain breaker)
  • Mini pump or CO2 regulator + cartridges
  • Computer
  • Lights (for riding at night)


Buying your first or second serious road bike is a subject beyond the scope of this article. Check out these related articles for a starter and then pop into your local bike shop. Which bike you buy comes down to what you want to use it for (racing, long training miles, recreation) and your budget.

COST: Anywhere from $1000-$10000.


Helmet, shoes, pedals

Equally important is a helmet, cycling shoes, and pedals. These crucial accessories are often offered discounted with a new bike purchase, so that is the best time to kit up. Most road bikes do not come with pedals so you will need to budget them in as well.

COST: Budget approx from $300+ for all three.


Ultimate road cycling shopping at your local bikes shops
Do some ultimate shopping at your local bikes shop!

Bib knicks, jersey, cycling socks

Clothing is your next stop. Our list says get at least two of everything so you can rotate the washing if you ride several times a week.

COST: You can get a basic kit (knicks, jersey, socks) for as little as $120. The more you pay, the better the fit, comfort, and quality.



Basic Tools in a fancy leather saddle pouch
Bradley Wiggins - Tour de France 2012

Gloves are a good idea as they provide extra padding and comfort on longer rides and also protect your hands if you fall off.

COST: From approximately $15.


Riding glasses

A good pair of riding glasses is also an accessory to seriously consider. They shield your eyes from the sun and glare, and also protect you from debris, bugs, or whatever else you may run into on the open road!

COST: Depends whether you buy photochromatic, (lens adjusts tint itself depending on light), or a pair with replaceable lenses, which are typically a lot cheaper. You could get a pair of 3 lens sunnies of questionable quality for $30 and a pair of photochromatic for a whole lot more than that.


Tools: wedge bag, tubes, tire levers, mini tool, pump

Basic Tools in a fancy leather saddle pouch
Basic tools in a not-so-basic leather saddle pouch

These essential tools are best purchased with a new bike as most shops will offer heavy discounts. These are absolutely essential for road cycling, so don't walk out of the shop without them. It is also a good idea to learn how to change a tube before embarking on a long ride.

COST: Ask your bike shop what they can throw in with a new bike. Otherwise a complete kit could be had for as little as $100 depending on quality.


Computer, lights

These accessories are optional (unless you plan on doing a lot of night riding). A bike computer is handy for keeping track of speed and distance in its basic form. Many modern computers use GPS to map rides and can gather a massive amount of data for later uploading and analyzing with a home computer or website.

COST: Prices here are completely dependent on the type of parts needed. Computers start at $30 but can go as high as $500 for a fully featured GPS unit. Likewise with lights - anywhere from $30 for a basic flashing safety light to several hundred for a high power LED with lithium power pack.


Read 'What's in the Jersey?'
What's in the Jersey?
When biking, it's important to make sure you've got the correct gear with you out on the road.

There's nothing worse than being stuck with ... READ MORE


ProfileAuthor: Christian Woodcock
Christian loves riding bikes. He has many years experience working in bike shops and has raced mountain bikes at a high level with success. These days expect to see him climbing and suffering on a road bike, or talking it up on the trails with mates.

Got a question?

ASK (and ANSWER) in our NEW Rider's Forum!

Check It Out 
Now comparing:
    Clear all