Getting started in cycling can seem overwhelming with all of the options available with accessories, essential gear, and even the type of bike you need. Once you have those items, you’re ready for adventure! Wait, what did you need to bring on this upcoming ride? Forgetting items happens to everyone. Use this checklist as a way to stay on top of the things you must bring, so you can spend more time enjoying your ride instead of worrying. 

Core Essentials

These two items are technically all you need to have a great ride! 

  • Bike
  • Helmet

Secondary Essentials

While you can go for a ride without these items, it’s a much wiser and safer decision to take them along. These items can help prevent dehydration, ensure proper safety measures can be taken in the event of injury, and will keep you fueled on your ride. 

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • First-aid kit
  • Eye protection
  • Medical information

Essential Repair Items

Accidents happen. You don’t want to be 10 miles into your ride, get a flat tire, and have no spare. Make sure you’re as prepared as possible in the event the worst happens, so you can fix it and continue to have a great time. 

  • Patch kit
  • Spare tubes
  • Pump
  • Tire levers
  • Allen wrenches

Non-Essential Convenience & Comfort Items

If you’ve been biking for any period of time, you know there are several items that are possible to live without, but you would much rather bring them with you if you had the choice. You’re putting all that hard work into your cycling, so there’s no reason not to reward yourself with some items that will make your ride that much more enjoyable!

  • Padded shorts or seat pads
  • Sweat wicking top
  • Gloves
  • Saddle bag
  • Lock
  • Fitness watch
  • Map
  • Lights

Pre-Ride Inspection

Take stock of your bike’s condition before every ride. It’s much easier to fix something at home than on the fly where you’re less likely to have extra tools and equipment. Give your bike a quick inspection to check for anything that may need a quick fix. See below for a list of things to check before you get on the road.

  • Tire pressure and condition
  • Brake check
  • Front and rear wheel releases are secured
  • Bolt tightness
  • Seat and handlebar height
  • Light check
  • Lubrication
  • Reflectors in place