10 essential pieces of kit advice that every new cyclist needs to know

If only someone had been there to tell us these

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Looking back, we all made mistakes when we first took up cycling, whether that be heading out for a ride without the right tools to fix the puncture that was inevitably heading in your direction, or going out in the middle of winter, woefully under-dressed for the weather that was coming our way.

Now it's time to look back on our time as a newbie cyclist, and pass on what we learned from the many things that went wrong.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.