15 of the best cycling tech for the serious rider

From the most dedicated athlete and fitness fanatic, to every school student and weekend warrior; riding a bike is one of life's greatest pleasures.

At some point in your life – usually when knee-high to a grasshopper – you will learn to balance your behind on a small seat AND pedal your feet AND steer with your arms. It's a coordination of joy that stays with you for life.

As we age and dedicate more time to work and family, while our leisure-time pursuits may take a back seat, cycling will always be there.

Now, with a little attention to your kit and a little patience building up the experience to tackle a variety of weather conditions, you can enjoy this sporty pursuit all year long.

Cold weather be damned

As the weather turns sour and thoughts of staying in on the weekend beckon, there are actually a number of ways to manage extremely low temperatures without, pardon the pun, losing your cool.

"The coldest I have experienced is -4°C," said John McDonough, Chief Operating Officer of Cycling Australia.

"However, this was on a dry day! When it is both cold and wet – that hurts more."

Rule of thumb: "Layer up. Focus on warm gear to keep mainly your feet, head and hands warm. Your core (body) stays warm if you keep your heart rate up, but without warm gear on your head, feet or hands, keeping your heart rate up doesn't seem to help much.

"If you want to ride in Victoria, you need to face [that it will get cold]," laughs McDonough. "In Queensland, you wait 15 minutes, or for the next day, and the weather fines up!"


Location, location, location

While it may provide a variety of benefits, you don't need a dedicated GPS to hit the open road. Your smartphone will do just fine.

"Google maps is pretty handy," said McDonough.

"GPS devices also have some routing features – whilst good, I find Google better; although this can be a little patchy if you're riding in poor network service areas."

The benefit of a dedicate device, however, is the added ability to do more than locate yourself.

"GPS devices – like Garmin or Wahoo – and social platforms (Strava) make it really simple and easy to get feedback on how you are going from a performance level; how hard your effort was; whether your times are improving," he adds.

"Then there are online training tools like Training Peaks that make it easy to plan and execute your performance improvement program and get feedback."

A way of life

If you plan on riding into the country or even travelling to another country to ride – which is a great way to enjoy fine weather, all-year long – make sure to spend a little time planning and pack the appropriate devices.

"If you don't want to do the research or take the risk of getting lost; hire a guide," suggests McDonough.

"Plenty of people offer this service in Europe for a fee."

Social media and online cyclist communities are also a great way to hook up with local groups or facilities that cater to your needs.

"Use your friend network to join a club ride or other ride with locals," advises McDonough. "Some regions support tourers more. For example, Noosa have online details of rides led by locals that tourists are welcome to join.

"Some hotels also offer more support for riders and are worth considering – this could include routes, bike storage, maintenance facilities or connecting you to ride guides."

No matter the weather, location or situation; with a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy life on two wheels anywhere, anytime.

Have a browse through the gallery above to choose the right gear to have you on the road in no time.

Note: ensure that any device attached to your helmet or bike does not interfere with your ability to cycle or remain aware of your surroundings.