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Some bike accessories are essential for your ride, but which ones exactly? We believe the following are worth getting. 

Grips, pedals and saddle
The comfort of these three things can have a big impact on your ride. For city riding, avoid pedals that clip in, because you need to be able to stop regularly. 

Rack to attach a bag or panniers
If the bike doesn’t come with a rack, check it has the ability to attach one. 

Various companies make luggage for cyclists designed for use either on or off your bike. 

Mud guards 
Even if it isn’t raining, any water on the road will splash up from your tyres and onto your clothes.

Helmet and bell 
It’s a legal requirement that you wear a helmet with an Australian Standard sticker and that your bike be fitted with a bell. 

Lights and reflector 
A front white and rear red light visible for 200 metres, as well as a rear red reflector, are required if you will be riding at night or in low light conditions. Some lights can be charged by USB while others have batteries. Alternatively, some bikes come with dynamo hubs, which are pedal-powered lights. See CHOICE's review on bike lights for more information. 

High-visibility vest 
Research shows the visibility of riders plays a role in reducing the severity of injury in crashes. 

Lock and pump 
A D-lock is recommended, as is a floor pump for home (easier to get tyre pressure right) and a hand pump for the road. See CHOICE's review on bike accessories for more information. 

Tyre levers and a puncture kit 
Levers make the task of changing the inner tube easier. Repairing your tubes will cost less than buying new ones.   

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