As teenagers grow increasingly independent, they naturally look toward activities that promote freedom-of-movement. Those too young to drive often embrace bicycling as a means to be mobile; however, even older teens may gravitate toward cycling since the activity provides opportunities for self-expression. If you are a stylish young woman, in particular, may choose from among bikes such as beach cruiser bikes because you love their looks. At the same time, you may find incorporating some of the following accessories can also give a hint to your personality as you cruise down the street.
Wicker Baskets and Backpacks
When travelling, you need to find a way to carry your phone and other essentials that work best for you. Adding a wicker basket for bike riding not only makes sense for its versatility — it can carry several items in an open, easily accessible manner — but it also adds to the bike’s overall appearance. Additionally, a small backpack gives you the flexibility to carry your gear when you want to hop off the bike. Since you can mix and match, you do not have to limit yourself to only one of these options.
If you have ever seen adult trikes rolling down the road, you will notice they carry even larger baskets for their gear. If you need even more storage for your two-wheeled bike, you can add rear-wheel saddlebags (panniers) which can protect laptops, tablets, headphones or other fragile electronics.
Handlebar bells once seemed an accessory of choice only for children’s bikes. Now, these bells are considered cool bike add-ons for children, teens and older adults in equal measure while adding a measure of safety to the ride. When passing inline skaters, walkers and other cyclists on a crowded path, pulling on a bell to generate its melodic ring is far hipper than yelling out your intention.
Mirrors are similar to bells in that they hold a retro safety appeal, especially on beach cruiser bikes. Using mirrors eliminates the need to glance back awkwardly as necessary to monitor approaching traffic. As they stand proud of the handlebars, mirrors also enhance the overall shape of the bike.
If you are a night owl, you may be tempted to head out in the evening. Although it is best to avoid riding at night where cars share the road, you need to light your journey and stand out in the darkness if you must go out after dusk. You can find a variety of battery-generated handlebar lights that will fill both functions. Additionally, you should mount a rear light and side reflectors.
A bike helmet is one accessory you may need to add to your list regardless of whatever else populates it. Several states require that riders wear helmets through their teenage years because of the added measure of safety they provide. As a result, manufacturers recognize that they need to design head protection that appeals to teens and younger riders: Many offer helmets in exciting colours and shapes.
As you approach your teen years, you will likely choose a bicycle for day-to-day travels that appeal to your particular tastes. Adding select accessories to your bike, and donning select gear at the same time, will enhance that appeal whenever you hit the road.