Last Updated : 3 January, 2012
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The Two Essentials

  • Bike
  • Helmet

Core gear

  • Water (hydration pack; bottle with cage)
  • Snacks/energy food
  • Sunscreen (occasionally :)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses, clear lenses)
  • Medical info/emergency contact card

Core bike repair items

  • Spare tube or tubes (and/or patch kit)
  • Pump
  • Tire levers
  • Cycling multi-tool with Allen wrenches
  • Padded shorts or tights.
  • Wicking jersey or top
  • Gloves
  • Saddle (underseat) bag
  • Patch kit (and/or spare tube or tubes)
  • Watch or cycling computer
  • Cell phone
  • Cash and/or credit card

Cycling pre-ride inspection points

  • Tire pressure and condition
  • Brake check
  • Front/rear wheel quick releases secured
  • Bolt tightness throughout
  • Seat and handlebar height
  • Light check (if equipped)
  • Lubrication check


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