The Two Essentials

  • Bike
  • Helmet

Basic Clothing Choices

  • Wicking jersey or top
  • Padded shorts or tights
  • Gloves
  • Footwear suited to bike's pedals
  • Cycling socks
  • Buff/bandanna/cap/skullcap

Clothing Options for Variable Weather

  • Rainwear
  • Stowaway windbreaker
  • Insulation layer(s) for cool air
  • Weatherproof, full-fingered gloves
  • Arm/leg warmers
  • High-visibility vest

Gear Options

  • Hydration pack
  • Water bottles with cages
  • Saddle (underseat) bag
  • Cycling computer/GPS
  • Headlight
  • Taillight (with blinking option)
  • Mirror (for handlebar or helmet)
  • Lock

Core Repair Items

  • Spare tube or tubes (and/or patch kit)
  • Pump
  • Tire levers
  • Cycling multi-tool (with Allen wrenches)

Personal

  • Eye protection (sunglasses or clear lenses)
  • First-aid items (see options)
  • Medical info/emergency contact card
  • Toilet paper/tissue
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Performance food/gels/drinks
  • Snacks for kids
  • Chamois cream
  • Small, quick-dry towel (for cleanups)
  • Baby wipes (popular for cleanups)

Other Options

  • Map (if in unfamiliar area)
  • Guidebook or route description
  • Cell phone
  • Cash/credit card/ID
  • Lunch
  • Camera
  • Patch kit (and/or spare tube/tubes)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • CO2 inflator (with cartridge)
  • Valve adaptor (Presta to Schrader)
  • Race registration (if competing)
  • Stationary trainer (for pre-race warmup)