What Should You Take On A Bike Ride?

What Should You Take On A Bike Ride?

If you are going on a bike ride, there are a few things you should carry with you...

On a longer ride you might want to take all of this stuff. On a shorter ride just carry the basics.

Some of these will make your ride more enjoyable, some will help you out if you have a problem - some could save from pushing your bike home or searching for a bike repair shop...

Also carry some cash, a mobile phone and a credit card (if you have them). Then, in the worst case scenario you can call for help or even catch a train home.

Puncture Repair Kit

Patches, rubber solution and tyre levers...
My repair kit does not get much use since I fitted puncture resistant tyres, but I still carry it just in case.


A mini-pump should be sufficient to get enough air into your tyre to get you home.

Spare Inner Tube

I try to fit a new tube straight away if I puncture. This saves time and gets you moving again as quickly as possible - especially important if it's raining or cold.

Repair the old punctured tube later, either at a cafe stop or when you get home.


You may need to carry out repairs on your bike while you are out.

Allen Keys (4, 5 & 6 mm) and a small screwdriver are all that is usually needed to cover the basics.

You can get these as a multi-tool that folds up like a penknife. More sophisticated multi-tools will have spoke keys, chain tool and more. Buy the best you can afford.
One of the best value for money multi-tools is the Topeak Hexus II

First Aid Kit

Simple stuff like band-aids and some antiseptic cream should do. Just enough to treat small cuts and grazes...

Waterproof Cycling Jacket

A thin, breathable cycling jacket is best.
The more 'packable' the better.

In colder weather it can be worth carrying some other spare clothing.
If you stop to fix your bike (or have to stand around while a friend fixes theirs), you can start to feel chilled quite quickly.

Check out our Cycling Jacket Buyers Guide


If you intend to ride for much longer than an hour, carry some water.
A water-bottle in a 'bottle cage' fixed to your bike is the simplest option.


If your bike ride will last more than an hour or two, carry something to eat - an energy bar, a flapjack or a banana.

How are you going to carry this stuff?

There are a few different types of bags that you can use for cycling.
A small saddle bag will carry tools, snacks and a waterproof.

For longer rides, especially in colder weather, you might need a larger bag if you carry spare clothing.

Check out Cycling Bags

Happy Pedalling... Have Fun!

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