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All I want for Christmas.....

The items below can be found from £6 and are available from most independent bike shops throughout the UK. You may have bought some of these items a while ago, but wear & tear can mean using them can damage the bike e.g. worn allen keys on bolt heads.

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Unless your bike rolls on solid rubber tyres ( they are making a comeback ), a pump is essential. A track pump stored in the house makes short work of squishy tyres that have been sitting unused for a few weeks. A small frame mounted pump may never be required, but like insurance, it's better to have & not need than to not have & need.

No point carrying a pump if you don't have a tube to use it on. One tube is usually enough. If you get multiple flats when out, new, more puncture resistant  tyres may be worth investing in. Especially in the winter when removing wheels and tyres is more uncomfortable in the cold.

Bicycle insurance is handy if the love of your life is stolen. Cover can include accidents, event cover, replacement bike hire and accessory cover. Prices start around £3 a month.

If your bike has nutted axles ( more likely if it's an ebike ), a multitool with spanners  and tyre levers rattles less in a bag than loose tools.

Which leads us onto bags. A mid size saddle bag will hold a tube, multitool, tyre levers, small change, chocolate bar and possibly  a mobile phone for emergencies. A pannier bag ( if commuting ) will carry a change of clothes, waterproof jacket  and lunch.

For added safety rear view mirrors are often used on touring and commuter bikes. Some are mounted via a wedge inside the bar end and more modern ones can be fitted to the headtube or bars using the supplied rubber straps.  Helmet mounted mirrors look unobtrusive but offer little due to the small size.

You may already have warmer clothing for the winter, but have you a neckwarmer? These tubes of material ( similar to a snood) are great for keeping your ears warm on cold mornings or covering your mouth and nose if the wind gets up. They can be shaped into a bandana, balaclava, headband, neck scarf, hair scrunchy , beanie or wristband. Some utilise lighter weight materials for spring , others use fleece or merino wool for chilly days.

Mudguard use will reduce the amount of time spent cleaning you and your bike. Mudguards make any bike look messy , but big muddy streaks up the rear of your shorts look more messy.  Popular mudguards for mountain bikes are Crud Catchers, wide enough to accommodate most MTB tyres and easy enough for fitting without tools. Quality German brand SKS make various designs of mudguards suitable for hybrids and road bikes.

And finally the boring bits. Brush sets for de-crudding the bike after a week worth of road use. They come in sizes suitable for cleaning the drive train, wheels and frame. Lubes and oil are another item that will get used more often from December through to March.

If you like all your equipment to match, French brand  Zefal make a range of mudguards, pumps, mirrors, bags, lubes, brushes and tyre levers.

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Hi Raj.
 
I just wanted to thank you for your kindness and help.
 
My dad who is 72 bought himself and his wife a kit each a couple of years back and he says it is the best thing he has ever done.  He stops and tells anyone who will listen that buying the bike has changed his life. He already had a bike but found it such a struggle to do anything other than ride around the streets so he didn’t really bother. He heard about electric bikes and went on a mission to find the best. He settled on Cyclotricity.  He started off cycling a short distance and then using his throttle to keep him going whilst he had a little rest.  Soon his fitness improved and now he goes out for miles and uses the throttle less but loves having the freedom to take on long distances. 
 
Best wishes
Shirley
Shirley
Dear Ben
 
I would just like to Thank you for the fantastic service that I received from your company. As you know I had an issue with my digital meter, I had a phone call from Ben at Cyclotricity the same day and this morning a new replacement had arrived.
This is fantastic service, I am so pleased that I purchased my bike through Cyclotricity. I will log onto your website and write a customer review and I am thinking in the summertime I may even purchase a electric bike for my wife, if and when I do I will certainly buy it through Cyclotricity.
 
Keep up the good work, I wish you all the success in 2017.
Normally people write in to complain but I feel that it's nice to tell people that they are doing things right.
 
Kind Regards
 
Christopher Mundy
Chris
Good evening guy's
What can I say ...
The service I have received from you both has made me feel sure that I have made the right decision in choosing your product and company to spend my hard earned money with, thank you both .. it really is very much appreciated . 
I have attached my signed De-restriction/ Throttle terms of use form to obtain the relevant information required.
I am looking forward to taking delivery of my new baby in the near future
Many thanks again guy's 
Kind Regards
Mark
Mark
Hi Raj,
 
I just want to thank you for all your support through this build. You were/ are a great help!! Thanks for getting the technical team involved where necessary!
 
I feel like I should hire a model to stand next to the bike, to be able to send you a very nice photo!! As it is I will be wise and you will appreciate it if the photo is only of the bike and doesn't have me anywhere near!!
 
Have a good day!
 
Fritz
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