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Packing for Local Rides and Longer Cycling Trips

Part of the Cycling For Dummies (Australia/New Zealand Edition) Cheat Sheet

Don’t end up standing beside your bicycle, wishing you’d brought along some simple item. Carry what you need to ensure you’ll get to your destination. Here are some suggestions.

Essentials for local bicycle trips

Even if riding a short distance, don’t leave home without the following:

  • Allen keys (in the size you need for your bike)

  • Chain or D-lock

  • Lights

  • Lip balm

  • Pump and puncture repair kit

  • Spanner (if required to remove the wheel)

  • Spare inner tube (quicker than fixing a hole)

  • Sunscreen

  • Tyre levers (for removing tyres)

Essentials for longer cycling trips

When packing for longer trips, you need everything in the preceding list, as well as the following:

  • Cable ties (can fix just about anything!)

  • Camera

  • Elemental protection (in case of rain or cold weather)

  • Fuel (in the form of food)

  • Map or GPS device

  • Phone

  • Phrasebook (if travelling to a country where you don’t speak the language)

  • Spare spokes, chain links and other bike tools

  • Water (enough to keep hydrated)

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