What Should You Take On A Bike Ride?
Some of these will make your ride more
enjoyable, some will help you out if you
have a problem - some could save from
pushing your bike home or searching for
a bike repair shop...
If you are going on a bike ride, there
are a few things you should carry with
On a longer ride you might want to take
all of this stuff. On a shorter ride just
carry the basics.
This stuff should cover most eventualities...
Carry some cash, a mobile phone and a credit card (if you have them). Then, in the
worst case scenario you can call for help or even catch a train home.
Puncture Repair Kit
Patches, rubber solution and tyre levers...
My repair kit does not get much use since I fitted
puncture resistant tyres, but I still carry it just in
A mini-pump should be sufficient to get enough air into your tyre to get you home.
Spare Inner Tube
I try to fit a new tube if I puncture. This saves time and gets you moving again as quickly
as possible - especially important if it's raining or cold.
Repair the old one later, either at a cafe stop or when you get home.
You may need to carry out repairs on your bike while you are out.
Allen Keys (4, 5 & 6 mm) and a small screwdriver are all that is usually needed to cover
You can get these as a multi-tool that folds up like a penknife.
More sophisticated multi-tools will have spoke keys, chain tool and more.
Buy the best multi-tool you can afford.
First Aid Kit
Simple stuff like band-aids and some antiseptic cream should do. Just enough to treat
small cuts and grazes...
Waterproof Cycling Jacket
A thin, breathable cycling jacket is best.
The more 'packable' the better.
In colder weather it can be worth carrying some other
If you stop to fix your bike (or have to stand around while a friend fixes theirs), you can
start to feel chilled quite quickly.
Check out our Cycling Jacket Buyers Guide
If you intend to ride for much longer than an hour, carry some water.
A water-bottle in a 'bottle cage' fixed to your bike is the best option.
If your ride will last more than an hour or two, carry something to eat - an energy bar, a
flapjack or a banana.
How are you going to carry this stuff?
There are a few different types of bags that you can use for cycling.
A small saddle bag will carry tools, snacks and a waterproof.
For longer rides, especially in colder weather, you might need a larger bag if you carry spare clothing.
Check out Cycling Bags
Happy Pedalling... Have Fun!