The Easter holidays are great – a chance to spend time with the kids, enjoy some warmer weather (hopefully!), and to gorge on lots of chocolate.
If you’re feeling a little guilty about the mountain of Easter eggs building up, don’t worry! Easter is a great time to head out on two wheels and enjoy family cycling adventures, or even to head out on a solo challenge – meaning you can feast on chocolate guilt free!
To help you prepare for your bike rides, we’ve pulled together a list of essential accessories for all the family.
The correct layers for the weather
Clothing may seem like a basic one, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to get caught out by the British weather. And with temperatures fluctuating throughout the Easter period, it’s always best to be prepared!
So, be sure to check the weather forecast and plan ahead. If there’s rain forecast, you’ll want to pack a waterproof jacket. A windproof jacket can be a good option for blustery days. And if it’s going to be chilly, don’t forget base layers and gloves or mitts. Gloves are a must for cold days as you don’t want to be grasping for brake levers with numb hands. For milder days, fingerless mitts are a great option as they will help keep hands cool, and the padding will help reduce vibrations for a comfier ride.
We also have a wide selection of clothing for children that will keep them warm, protected, and just as importantly, looking cool!
Everyone knows how important a helmet is – so never head out on a ride without one.
And if you’re worried a helmet may cramp your style, we’ve got you covered! Here at Halfords, we have a wide range of helmets in a variety of colours and styles, so there’s the perfect option for everyone. A good all-rounder that wouldn’t be out of place in the park, on a trail or on a commute, the Lazer Compact DLX MIPS Helmet features a rear-mounted LED light for added safety and benefits from MIPs safety technology – so you can enjoy your ride with that added peace of mind that you’re well protected.
For the little ones, we’ve gone a step further with matching helmet, accessories and bike bundles. So, if you have an aspiring fireman, why not help them look the part with the Apollo Firechief bundle. Or for kids who love flowers and unicorns, the Apollo Twinkles Kids’ Helmet is a great option that’s available with a matching bike and accessories.
Family bike rides
Child seats and trailers
Even if you have young children who aren’t big enough to ride their own bike, they can still join you on your cycling adventures.
One of the easiest ways to do this is with a child bike seat like the Bobike Exclusive Tour seat. The seat comes with increased head protection and is double walled for extra safety. It also has a unique seatbelt design that will keep your child in an upright position for added comfort – making it a great choice for longer bike rides.
If you have a couple of little ones to carry with you, the Bellelli Bike Taxi Child Bike Trailer is a great choice. Ideal for families, the trailer has two seats and is windproof and waterproof, so your kids will be protected from the British weather. And even if you only have one child, the remaining space can be used to carry food ready for an Easter picnic!
There’s nothing worse than returning to where you left your bike only to find it’s gone. That’s why you should always protect your bikes with secure locks.
Here at Halfords, we have a wide range for both adult’s and kids’ bikes. The main thing to look out for when buying a lock is the security rating. This indicates how secure the lock is and all locks sold through Halfords have either a standard or Sold Secure rating. You can discover more about lock ratings here.
Cycling GPS computers
If you’re venturing out on a solo challenge or are leading your family on a new adventure, it’s always best to have turn-by-turn navigation to hand.
The easiest way to do this is with a cycling GPS computer. The Garmin Edge Explore Cycling Computer is a great choice as it features a simple display that’s easy to read in both sunlight or low-light conditions – so there can be no excuses if you get lost! The Explore includes preloaded Garmin Cycle Map with turn-by-turn navigation and if you’re not sure where you want to ride, you can use the Trendline function to find popular on and off-road routes.
If you’ve been riding throughout winter, your bike may need a bit of TLC before it ventures out on Easter rides – so give it a good clean!
Cleaning your bike won’t just make it look better, it’ll help it operate more smoothly and will reduce the chance of mechanical issues. Don’t forget to clean every corner – muck and dirt gets everywhere! Once you’ve finished, apply lube to your chain. There’s also a good chance you’ll need to apply grease to your wheel and headset bearings plus your bottom bracket.
If you’re not sure how to do this, don’t worry! Here at Halfords, we offer a range of bike services and can help get your bikes back in tip-top condition. You can explore our range of bike services here.
Always be prepared! Whether it happens to your bike or your child’s bike, a mechanical can soon put a halt to your two-wheeled fun if you’re not prepared – so always carry a multi-tool.
The Halfords 8 Function Multi Tool is a compact choice that can easily fit in a pocket and has everything you’ll need to fix any minor issues you may encounter.
…and don’t forget a pump too.
Every cyclist will experience a puncture at some point and many of us have experienced that sinking feeling when you realise you haven’t got the equipment to fix it. A hand pump is a good option as they will easily fit into a bag, while some are compact enough to fit into a pocket.
It’s also worth having a floor pump at home as these can inflate your tyres quicker and most have accurate gauges to measure the tyre pressure.
Added puncture protection
Why not add extra puncture protection so you don’t need to worry about a deflated tyre ruining your Easter rides?
Slime inner tubes are a great option. They contain a slime that is specially designed to plug holes up to 3mm deep, helping to prevent punctures. You can also buy the slime separately and insert it into your tyres yourself. With slime technology on your side, you’ll have that added peace of mind ready for your Easter rides.
That completes our list of useful accessories for your Easter bike rides. Now all that’s left to do is plan your routes. If you’re in need of inspiration, head over to our Discovery Hub where you’ll find rides for families, mountain bikers, roadies, plus many more. For lots more cycling accessories, visit Halfords.com.
You want unforgettable Easter bike rides, you want Halfords!