Biking gear list

First off, read the weather forecast. Know your area and when it usually rains or gets nasty. Be prepared if necessary.

What to wear:

  • Helmet
  • Padded biking shorts
  • Biking jersey or other wicking material shirt. (if it’s hot, cotton is ok, but don’t push your luck when the weather turns wet or cold)
  • Good shoes. A stiff sole low hiker or biking shoe
  • Socks
  • Rain shell
  • Rain pants
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses

What to take:

  • Water bottles or hydration pack
  • Food: energy bars, energy gel, snacks, candy, whatever keeps you fueled
  • Warning device: bell, whistle, or horn
  • Lights (if heading out into the night)
  • ID: can be a scrap of paper or a business card stashed in your pack or saddle bag
  • Whistle (for help)
  • Tool kit
  • Pump
  • Bike tool
  • Chain tool
  • Extra spoke
  • Spare tubes
  • Patch kit
  • Tire levers
  • Duct tape
  • Rag or bandana
  • Saddle bag to hold all of this gear with, or stick it in your hydration pack
  • Camera, mobile phone
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