From the article: Everything Else You Need on a Bike Ride
In addition to the lucky seven items you should always have with you on a bike ride (spare tube, tire levers, patch kit, pump/CO2, ID card, multi-tool and cell phone), there are lots of strange and wonderful things that people carry along with them that to make their bike rides safer, more comfortable or more convenient. Share what you carry to make your ride easier, safer, or more care-free. Share What You Carry
Shtuff I bring
- I bring a pump, tube, food, 2l of water, tyre levers, multi tool, glasses and a couple of decent allen keys. Having a huge set iof mud tyres 1/10 times I dont get a puncture.
- —Guest Anthem
- A blade, half a litre of vodka, a phone + taxi number, tools, pepper spray, a 20 bag and a blanket with corned beef sandwiches and an apple !
- —Guest Billy
things i take biking
- I never ride on my own, I ride with friends. I take 2x 500ml bottles of water, £5, mobile phone, mini tool kit, small amount of food, lock, plasters, tissues, puncture repair kit,gloves and spare gloves, spare socks (incase of riding through puddle, hate riding with cold hands/feet), lights and spare lights, spare batteries, and camera. Also spare cash incase i forget my wallet. My lock fits around at least 3 bikes, and friends take pumps, so we use each other's stuff :) Of course, also wear helmet all the time.
- —Guest diggy456
A source of time
- Take a good source of time (wouldn't recomend carrying an alarm clock) just so maybe you could estimate how long it will take you to get back and set a time for the return journey
- —Guest Jack
What I carry on a trip
- When I head out I carry a 20oz bottle of water, a couple 24-inch tubes, tools & air pump, my lock, and lights for use in case it gets dark along with an orange vest and cell phone. Of course I always bring along my helmet.
- —Guest Lisa
Don't need much
- I normally just bring water and an allen key and wrench to fix on the go
- —Guest Mike
- Essential items I would take is spray-on plaster , 3 in 1 mini bodywash , shampoo and facewash , and for the water bottle BCAA s drink mix like Scivation 'extend' for endurance and recovery the next day.
- —Guest darcy b
my cycling stuff
- 1.5L water in camelbak; front & rear lights; reflective vest at nighttime; identification; credit card; small cloth towel; a few paper towels; uv semi-clear glasses (protect eyes, especially at night from flying bugs); cycling computer; car & home key on lanyard; nourishment if riding over 1.5 hrs; glucose tablets; mini multi tool; spare tube; tire patches; tire levers; cellphone w/gps; mini firstaid kit; tirepump (also serves as defense weapon)...that's about it. Enjoy! CHEERS!
- I usually bring a long two spare tubes, patch kit, co2 pump, wallet, cellphone with gps, spare thin wind jacket, cotton scarf for multiple uses, such as wind/dust guard for face, sweat rag, or for when it gets a bit cold. a few tools to remove tires, water, food extra cash and id. I also bring ointments and first aid in case me or my riding bud have a crash. I always have spare batteries for lights and bike locks. and will bring pepperspray or some kind of defense item in the case of robbery or animal attack.
- —Guest Kevin
- A Kendal mint cake - This is your emergency rations, just in case things go the shape of the pear.
- —Guest Chris
- Small bag; at least a litre of water; mobile phone; emergency money; packed lunch .
- —Guest Daniel
Biking with kids
- I bike with my 4 children (age range from 2-17 years) for quite a few miles- it's a day event for us. Small backpack on the back of the baby seat includes full change for tot. The wipies are by far the most useful for all kinds of things- especially after fooling with a bike chain. Bell makes a great all-in-one bike tool that is essential for quick repairs/tightenings. I live in Idaho, and puncture vine (goat heads) seeds are everywhere. Instead of changing an inner tube and pumping for years with a tiny porta-pump, a pressure can of slime is better. Water is #1; so having bottle holder on each bike is primary. Protein bars help to avoid muscle cramping; just have to measure out smaller portions for the kids and a simple granola bar for the tot. SUNSCREEN...don't forget the sunscreen. This is the misc. stuff on top of the obvious: helmets, weather appropriate clothing, sunglasses, shoes, lights/reflectors.
Must have for youngers
- For me I would always take my shin pads. After all, being younger than most others, and much of a less experienced bikers, I would hate for the pedal to smash my shin. I also take a handy horn, louder than the bell, to alert drivers.
- —Guest Wasif
- Wow, these are all really good suggestions! Hopefully I'll be ready and prepared to bike ride!
- —Guest morgan
- Among other things such as water, sunglasses, essential medicines and emergency food, I carry a back-up solar charger such as Solmate Fusion (www.getsolmate.com)
- —Guest AK
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