Ever been on a long bike ride, in the middle of nowhere enjoying the cool breeze as you race through country roads. Then boom, you have a flat tire. If you are riding often you are bound face an obstacle at some point, whether this be a fault with your bike, your energy levels running low or you simply don’t know where you are. We’ve been there and done that so now we want to help you pack your cycling survival kit when the inevitable happens, you are prepared.
Daytime running lights are essential on every ride. Using them is the single most impactful step you can take toward standing out to motorists. Our rechargeable bike lights (which come free and assembled with every bike purchase) are designed specifically for visibility in all hours of the day, even when the sun is shining, and they can be seen from up to 2km away. They are also recharged in the sun; you should never find yourself without them.
2. Flat Kit
Flat tires are a reality of riding, but they don’t have to mean the end of your ride. With the right gear and little knowledge, you’ll never get stranded because of a puncture. Your flat should contain a spare tube, a way to inflate it (CO2 cartridges and inflator or mini-pump), a multi-tool, tire levers, and patches. Before you ride you should also know how to use these, a quick google or youtube video should do the trick to bring you up to speed.
3. Water and food
You may feel unstoppable when you're zipping through country roads and at the top of your game. However, at some point everyone is going to reach their energy limit. It’s never fun to run out of fuel on the road but it’s a good idea to bring a couple of gels, bars, and chews on your ride. And more importantly, don’t forget to bring water to keep hydrated. You should expect to drink at least one full water bottle for every hour of riding, and more depending on the weather, your effort, and what your body needs. Take a look on our website for our Oliver Cycling bottles which are perfect to take on your journey with you.
4. Warmer clothes
Nothing turns a good ride bad like getting cold and wet. What you pack for extra clothing depends on the season and where you live, but if there’s a chance of cooler weather or rain on your ride, be sure to pack some extra gear like arm warmers, gloves, a vest, or a rain jacket. All of these items are light and packable, and you’ll be glad you have them if you need them.
5. Cell phone, cash, credit card, and ID
Think of these items as your mini survival kit. In a worst-case scenario, this is what you’ll really need. Always carry a phone, a little cash, a credit card, and your ID.
6. Bike lock
You don’t want to find yourself in the middle of nowhere and need to leave your bike somewhere unattended without a lock. If someone takes your bike you’ll surely be stuck having no transport back home.
You’re phone is always a good way to check your location via google maps, however in the unfortunate event of you losing your phone or it’s battery, (common if you’re making longer distance rides,) then a map is a foolproof way to ensure you will always be able to find your way around.
We hope you have found some of these tips useful when packing your bag for you ride. Remember to always enjoy yourself and feel free to email us with any items you have found are perfect to take with you when riding.