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Whether you're buying a new bike or making more use of your current one, check you've got the right accessories so you and your bike stay safe and secure.

Lock: As well as the cost of the bike, you’ll also need to budget for a good quality lock (or preferably two) to protect your new bike from theft. See our Bike Security page for more information on the types of bike locks available and tips for keeping your bike safe.

Helmet: Wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of suffering a severe head injury, but it's essential to get one that fits well - make sure you try before you buy. Helmets offer varying levels of protection, with a range of prices and features. It's important to buy one that meets your needs and will protect you.

Lights:  Front and rear lights are a must. And it's also advisable to invest in some bright or reflective clothing or reflective ankle slap-wraps if cycling in dark or dull conditions. See our Be Bright page for more information on safe cycling at night.

Clothing: There's a vast range of cycle clothing to suit all weather conditions, from fleeces to keep you warm in winter to cool, waterproof gear that will keep you dry in heavy summer showers. Ask your local cycle shop or outdoor sportswear shop for more details.

Storage: Cycle shops will be able to advise you on the best storage options to suit your cycling lifestyle whether you are commuting to work or doing the weekly food shopping. There are a wide range of options available from fixed or detachable panniers, handlebar or saddle bags to special bags for laptops and traditional wicker baskets. Trailers are also available for carrying larger loads.

Transporting children? Ask your cycle shop for advice on the different types of adaptations available for adult bikes so that they can accommodate children. A range of options are available suitable for children aged from 0-7 years; baby/child seats, bike trailers, 'pushchair' bikes and tagalong bikes.