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Bling your bike (and yourself)

RIDING BIKES IS THE MOST FUN (accessorizing is 2nd).

No one told you? The second best part of bikes is customization!

It doesn't have to be complicated or crazy, but making sure your bike and gear work for you is super important.

And, if you get to drip in some of your favorite colors, well, that's even better.

Here are some simple, ride-improving accessories for new riders.

Prefer complicated and crazy? Our staff is very eager to make your dreams come true!

Get the Goodies

We've already covered some of the clothing and equipment that'll help you stay safe and comfy.

Now, let's dive a bit deeper into the endless ocean of accessories.

Flat Pedals


Flat or platform pedals are perfect to use with regular shoes, skate shoes, or cycling-specific shoes for flats. They have traction points to prevent your foot from slipping off. Flats are appropriate for any type of bike and any skill level of rider.


Many new bikes come with a pair of pedals. And, surprise! Some do not. That's because pedals are a personal preference. 

Not only are there a variety of cool color options, but there are  two types of pedals: Flat/Platform or Clipless

Guess what? You clip into clipless!

And, some pedals are flat on one side and clipless on the other. 

Aren't bikes the best?

Clipless Pedals


Clipless pedals attach your foot to the pedal with a cleat on the shoe. A road- or mountain-specific shoe, cleat, and pedal all work together. It takes some practice to get the hang of, but clipless pedals can add efficiency and control. These pedals are great for intermediate and experienced riders.



Picking a Perch

Saddles come in as many varieties as our bums do. And, different saddles apply to various types of riding. 

Upright bikes meant to be ridden short distances have wider, more padded saddles to better distribute weight. 

It may seem weird, but the longer you ride, the smaller your saddle may be, as you want less overall contact and you're putting more weight on your hands and feet.

We'll help you find the perfect combination and make sure it's properly positioned on your bike!


How's your butt?

Your bike came with a saddle, but it doesn't mean that saddle is the best one for you. 

It may take a few rides to feel comfortable (or at least less awkward). But, you shouldn't be in actual pain or develop bruises or other issues from short rides.

A pair of padded shorts can make riding more enjoyable. The position of your current saddle may also need to be adjusted (a slight angle shift can make a massive difference). But sometimes, you just need a better fitting saddle.

Don't worry! We're used to talking about sit bones and chamois cream and anything else that may seem blush-worthy. We want your answer to be, "My butt is awesome!"


Short Story

Padded (chamois) shorts are designed to worn next to skin. They add padding and decrease friction between you and your saddle. 

While padded shorts aren't always necessary for shorter rides, many cyclists find that a well-fitting short allows for longer days in the saddle and more pleasant rides.

The addition of chamois cream can also make for a perfect combination for a happy hiney!



Happy Hands

Just like saddles, your bike came with a standard bar tape or set of grips. That doesn't mean it's the best solution for you.

Bar tape comes in a variety of textures and can provide very minimal or a whole heck of a lot of cushion. 

Grips also offer super think to extra cushy options, as well as a variety of textures. And, you can choose a straight or winged shape.

A good pair of gloves can add padding and protection (and provide excellent tan lines).

Grips or Tape

Are you seeing the theme? Feet, seat, hands: these are your points of contact on the bike.

Making your bike your own not only means making it look like yours, but feel absolutely perfect.

Bar width, brake and shift lever placement, and comfortable grips or bar tape all increase control and your ability to enjoy your ride.

Plus, grips and tape come in super sweet colors!

Clipless Pedals

Bar Bling

Our staff is stoked to help you with small tweaks to your cockpit (your stem, handlebars, and levers). After all, it's important to make sure your fingers can reach the brakes. 

Bigger adjustments like stem length and angle or bar width and style might require a full bike fit. We'll work through it together!

It's important to know that there are easy ways to fix your fit, so you can get the most fun out of each outing.


Hydration Packs

Hydration Packs

Consisting of a pack with a hose and bladder, hydration packs provide easy access to water, while allowing you to carry other essentials like a jacket, snacks, tools, a good book...whatever makes you happy!


It's the key to success! Whether you are out for a quick errand or in the midst of an epic journey, a swift swig can keep you cruising comfortably.

Of course, there are a billion options for how you carry your high quality H2O on the bike. Primarily, people choose a hydration pack, a water bottle or two, or a combination.


Water Bottles

Designed to attach to your bike frame with a water bottle cage, there are endless options for keeping your fluids easily accessible. Choose colorful cages and matching or contrasting bottles to fit your style.


But Wait! There's More!

There's always more. Hopefully your bike is now nice and comfy and color-coordinated. 

You can add more personality with literal lights and bells. Experience better control and ride quality with new tires. Or, just go ride your bike! 

Let's go pedal!

You and your bike are now both ready to get out and roll! But, where to? 

Our helpful staff can provide suggestions for where you'll find safe, fun places to ride. Whether you'd like to start commuting to work, riding the kids to school, or hitting the trails, we know all the bike paths, safe routes, and sweet spots. 

Our Locally Speaking page is a great resource to connect with local clubs, and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo has an awesome page that lists some safe and interesting routes to try. If you're itching to get in the dirt, SWMMBA has a solid trail guide.

And, definitely join us for a ride! We offer a variety of events throughout the year, where you can learn more about your bike, meet other riders, learn new routes, and in most cases, enjoy some delightful eats and treats!


Give the shop of your choice a holler to make a service appointment, to learn more about our pick up and delivery services, or ask us any question that comes to mind!