Regardless of the location or the distance, on every cycling tour the following list of essentials should never be left behind.
Spare Inner Tube
It is always advisable to carry a spare inner tube, there is nothing worse being stranded at the side of the road trying to patch a punctured tyre. It is still a good idea however, to carry spare adhesive patches just in case you are unlucky enough to hit a series of punctures.
In the case of a puncture, the replacement inner tube, or patched inner tube will need inflating – a pump which can accommodate a CO2 canister will provide almost instant inflation to the required pressure.
Chain Tool and Spare Link Kit
A snapped chain will mark the immediate end of any outing, if it can’t be repaired. It is therefore a good idea to always carry a chain tool and spare link kit.
Getting a tyre off the rim to fix a puncture can be tricky, a pair of plastic tyre levers can make the process a lot easier.
Regardless of how long you intend to be out for, remaining well hydrated is essential. Every cyclist should always carry a bottle of water out with them. For longer distances, consider a hydration pack.
Food is fuel – it is important to ensure you have sufficient food to complete your ride, even if the intended trip is just a short one.
A decent multi-tool kit is lightweight and contains a comprehensive range of tools which will allow you to adjust all the important bolts on the bike, such as the handlebars, clamps and stem.
In the case of an accident or emergency, it is essential to have a charged phone to be able to contact people.
Cash & Card
Regardless of your location in the world, it is important to carry some local currency cash at all times as cards may not be accepted in remote locations. It is also a good idea to carry your card as well, for use in unforeseen circumstances.
Waterproofs and Spare Clothes
It is easy to get chilled through when riding, especially when in hilly areas, or when weather conditions change. Waterproofs can help to keep the rain off, a spare lightweight jacket and gloves can help to keep the reduce the chill and make the ride a more pleasant experience. Gloves not only prevent the cold from biting into your hands on a cold windy day, they will also help protect your hands during a fall.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, it will be much easier for local authorities to be able to confirm identity and get in touch with family and friends if necessary.
Extra Essential Items
- Cycling tights
- Cycling Shoes
- Spare socks
- Long sleeved cycling shirt