Are you gearing up for a bike ride and wondering what to pack? Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie, it's important to bring the right gear to ensure a comfortable and fun ride. There's nothing worse than being halfway through your ride, only to realise you forgot something essential. We've got you covered with this comprehensive list of must-haves for your next adventure on two wheels.
Before you head out, make sure you're dressed appropriately for the weather and terrain. If it's chilly, wear layers to stay warm. If it's hot, breathable fabrics can help you keep cool. You should also wear comfortable shoes and clothes that won't restrict movement. Once you've got your outfit sorted, it's time to pack your bag with these essentials. Trust us, you'll be glad you did.
1. Helmet 🚴♀️
While we understand that this is a controversial topic, our team all believe in wearing helmets—safety first! A helmet is the most important accessory you can bring on a bike ride. It protects your brain (aka your most valuable asset) from any potential head injuries. Plus, helmets come in many colours and designs, so you can express your personality while staying safe. Make sure your helmet fits properly and is adjusted to your head size before hitting the road.
2. Water Bottle💧
Staying hydrated is key to a successful bike ride. Bring a water bottle filled with your favourite beverage to keep you energised and refreshed. Remember to drink water regularly during your ride, especially if the weather is hot but also if it’s cool outside—staying hydrated is important no matter the weather conditions.
Pro tip: slightly underfill and then freeze your water bottle before your ride to keep your drink cold for longer.
3. Snacks 🍎
Eating snacks while on a bike ride is essential for optimising performance and maintaining energy levels. As the body burns calories during exercise, it needs a constant supply of nutrients to keep going.
Granola bars, energy gels, nuts, fruit and other high-carbohydrate and protein-rich foods are all great options to keep you going, providing the body with necessary fuel to sustain energy levels and prevent fatigue. Eating snacks can also help to prevent muscle breakdown, improve muscle recovery, and reduce the risk of dehydration. Pack snacks that are easy to eat on the go and won't melt or get squished in your bag.
4. Phone and Beeline Navigation 🗺️📱
Lost in the woods? Not with your trusty phone and Beeline Velo 2!
Getting lost on a bike ride can not only be frustrating but can also be dangerous. With either the Beeline Velo 2 or the Beeline navigation app, you can easily find your way back if you take a wrong turn or get lost. It also allows you to plan your route ahead of time and avoid potentially dangerous areas. With this tool, you can focus on enjoying your ride without worrying about getting lost. Plus, Beeline Velo 2 has some awesome key features for a better biking experience such as elevation, speedometer, distance and time tracker and more!
5. Sunscreen ☀️
Biking in the sun can be a blast, but it can also be a burn. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen before your ride. You'll thank yourself later. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or above and reapply every two hours, especially if you're sweating.
6. Repair Kit 🔧
Flat tyres happen. It's a fact of life. So, make sure to bring a repair kit with you on your ride. Include a spare tube, tyre levers, and a pump. You'll be back on the road in no time. You can even practice changing a tyre before your ride so you're prepared in case of a flat.
7. Lights 🔦
If you plan on riding at dawn, dusk, or after dark, make sure to bring lights. It's not only a safety precaution but also a legal requirement in many places. Plus, it'll make you look super cool. Choose lights that are bright and visible from all angles.
8. Money 💰
Sometimes, you might need to buy something along the way or pay for parking if you're driving your car to the start of the ride. It's always a good idea to bring some money with you on your bike ride, just in case. Pack cash or a credit/debit card, and keep it in a secure pocket or pouch. If you’re in a rural area, some places may not accept cards, or vice-versa, so it’s always a good idea to bring both cash and card!
9. Identification 🆔
In case of an emergency, it's important to have some form of identification with you. Bring your ID card, driver's licence, or any other form of identification that has your name, address, and emergency contact information. You can also use a Road ID bracelet or tag to display your information.
10. Bike Lock 🔒
If you plan on taking a break during your ride, make sure to bring a bike lock with you. It'll keep your bike safe and secure while you're away. Choose a durable lock that can't be easily cut or broken.
We recommend using a sold secure gold standard lock to provide the best protection—lots of cycle insurance policies specify this in order for the bike to be covered when locked up. Hiplok is a great choice to secure your bike, and Kryptonite D locks are also a great option.
11. Multi-tool 🔨
A multi-tool is a compact and handy device that can help you fix minor issues on your bike. It usually includes screwdrivers, hex wrenches, and other useful tools. Choose a multi-tool that's lightweight, durable, and easy to use.
12. First Aid Kit 🚑
Accidents can happen at any time and often when you least expect it. In order to be prepared, it's always a good idea to carry a first aid kit with you. A first aid kit can help you treat minor injuries and prevent them from turning into major ones. You can include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc. Antiseptic/wet wipes can even be handy for cleaning your hands after a roadside repair! It is important to choose a kit that is compact, waterproof, and easy to access, so that you can easily reach it in case of an accident. It's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health and well-being.
13. Gloves 🧤
Protect your hands from blisters and calluses by wearing gloves. They'll also keep your hands warm during colder rides. Choose gloves that are breathable, padded, and fit snugly. There are many glove options based on what you’re looking for whether it’s for fashion, grip, or durability. Endura and Castelli cycling gloves are popular!
14. Sunglasses 🕶️
Shield your eyes from the sun, wind, debris, and bugs by wearing sunglasses. They'll also make you look like a pro! Choose sunglasses that are lightweight, polarised, and wraparound to protect your eyes from all angles.
Now that you have a complete list of what to bring on a bike ride, you're ready to hit the road! Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:
- Check the weather forecast before you leave. If it looks like rain, bring a waterproof jacket and pants
- If you're riding with a group, bring a bell to alert others of your presence
- If you're riding on a busy road, consider wearing a reflective vest or jacket and using a backlight to increase your visibility to drivers during the day and night
Don't forget to have fun and be safe. Happy riding! 🚵♀️🌳🌞