Planning on taking a biking trip?
It’s an awesome way to travel and you get an excellent workout at the same time.
But wait, what are you going to take with you? Especially of it’s an extended biking trip?
It doesn’t even matter if it’s a biker’s first time or it’s his hundredth time making a trip, the truth is that he needs to bring stuff along.
If we’re going to be honest here, every biker would probably like to take as much stuff along. But we all know that’s not practical.
To know what should be included in a checklist of items to pack when going on a biking trip, simply read on for a few minutes.
A Checklist of Essentials
Less is more.
That’s the practical truth that any biker needs to realize. After all, the biking trip will be much less enjoyable if the stuff that the bikers are carrying is too heavy.
To put that into the proper perspective, a checklist of only the most essential items for a biking trip should be made.
Check out the following list to see if it fits with what you think should be essential items for the trip:
1. Clothing (On the Bike)
These are the clothing that the bikers would be wearing while they are riding their bikes and on the road.
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Cycling shorts
- Touring shoes. These should be good for both ridding the bike as well as walking. It should have flex in its sole.
- Couple of short sleeved shirts
- Long sleeved shirt. Be sure it provides sun protection as well as layering but also light.
- Tights or leg warmers. This is to be used for riding. Rain pants could also be used.
- Socks. These could either be wool or synthetic.
- Shoe covers. Make sure it’s the waterproof variety.
- Rain gear. Both jacket and pants.
2. Clothing (Off the Bike)
These are the items of clothing that the bike riders are going to be wearing when they are off the road.
- Comfortable pants. This could either be rain pants or pants with zip-off legs.
- Comfortable shorts
- Lightweight shoes or sandals
- About 1 to 3 pairs of underwear
- Gloves. Could either be wool or fleece
- Fleece jacket or wool sweater
- Fleece or wool hat
- Swimsuit. It could also be brought along although this is entirely optional
Included in these items is everything from toiletries to first aid kits.
- Toiletry Items
- Pocket knife
- Basic first aid kit. Emergency numbers should be included
- Lightweight towel to make sure that it is quick and easy to dry
- Water containers or water bladders. Its capacity should at least be 1 gallon
- Bandannas and sunglasses
- Nylon cord
- Bungie cords
- Cords for hanging bags
- Flashlight or headlamp. Candles and oil lanterns can also be brought
- Insect repellent
- Sewing kit
- Optional items such as camera and water filters should also be given consideration
- Bear spray
4. Bike Tools, Accessories, and Spare Parts
The following are all of the bike-related items that a biker would need for the biking trip.
- Mini pump
- 1 patch kit
- Tire lever
- 1 Pedal wrench
- 1 Spare inner tube
- Spoke wrench
- Allen wrenches
- Chain tool
- Spare spokes that are the right size for the rider’s specific bike
- Derailleur cable
- Brake cable
- Small vice grip (optional)
- Small triangular file (optional)
- Electrical tape
- Blue Loctite. This is to help keep the bolts in as tightly as possible
- Small chain lube plus rag
- Spare clipless pedal cleat bolts
- Spare brake pads
- Extra bolts, nuts, plus wire for racks
- Assorted plastic zip ties
5. For Camping
- Sleeping bag. Use down bags since they are warmer, lighter, and pack smaller. On the other hand, Synthetic bags are bulkier and heavier, but not as costly and can be used even when wet.
- Tent. Choose a lightweight tent that has rainfly and vestibules
- Sleeping pad
- Personal eating utensils such as spoon, fork, etc.
- Cooking equipment such as small pots and pans.
- Stove. Choose a small one that has fuel and fuel bottles.
- Ground cloth to help extend the life of the tent.
- Sleeping bag liner (Optional)
If you want to check out more camping checklists, then go to this link after reading this article.
How long do you plan to bike?
Choosing which of the items on this list is essential is a subjective process. It needs to be tailored to the specific needs of the biker. Does he plan on having an extended biking trip or is it going to be just a short one?
Either way, one must always consider the need to go as light as possible. After all, no biker would like to be bogged down by too much weight from all the stuff he took along.
And best of all, these items should contribute to the enjoyment of the trip!
But wait! Before I forgot, we also have a free camping checklist that you can download here. Grab your copy today, okay?