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29 (ish) must-haves for summer riding

Gadgets, snacks, MacGyver-worthy tools and other essentials, some things should always come along for the ride. Here’s 29 (or so) favourites for ambitious solstice epics, after work shred-fests, swimming hole missions or just riding around. Some fit perfectly into your jersey pockets, others not so much. Regardless, we’re willing to bet that most of them will tag along with you at some point this season when you’re out to #ridemoreroads.

1. Bike

You won’t get far without one of these. We recently put the SL40 through its paces in southern California.

2. Helmets

Ride without one of these, and you’re going to look the fool. Super comfortable, cool looking and protective. Seriously, why wouldn’t you wear one? Mavic Ksyrium Elite or the MET Kask Rapido.

3. Bibs

If you’re going perch on a super-lightweight seat for hours on end, you should be comfortable. Castelli Free Aero Race and the MEC Rouleur.

4. Jersey

Looking to carry some stuff on this list? You’ll need pocket real estate. Breezy materials and aerodynamic details are always welcome, too. Castelli Entrata 2, Pearl Izumi Elite EscapePrimal Wear Mahalo, Bolt Jersey, Arm Warmers.

5. Shoes

What kind of committed cyclist doesn’t cherish an efficient pedal stroke and awkwardly clomping around in coffee shops? A cyclist who’s missing out, that’s who. Mavic Ksyrium Elite and Fizik R5B Donna.

6. Fancy socks

Absolutely crucial. Make sure they’re the appropriate height with at least seven shades of neon.

7. GPS

Training data, secret roads and Strava competitions. Yes, the reasons for donning a GPS device like the Polar M450 are numerous.

8. Multi-tool (9. Tubes 10. Levers and a 11. Pump)

Don’t leave home without’em. Leave it to Park Tool to keep you totally prepared in case of mechanical let-down.

12. Beer

More of a recovery essential, perhaps…

13. Coffee

Coffee is an absolute essential for 98% of cyclists. For quick-out-the-door espresso slams, a tried’n’true Aeropress does the trick. Ridiculously good beans don’t hurt either.

14. Tea

Where some opt for espresso, others opt for tea. Sure, we don’t quite understand, but given how freaking fast some tea-drinkers are, it must do something.

15. Bananas

A nutritional staple of cyclists the world over, and for good reason: packable, easy to eat with one hand and chock-full of potassium.

16. Camera/phone

How else are you going to document that #ridemoreroads Instagram gem?

17. Energy gummies

Essential electrolytes and carbohydrates that are literally candy. What more could your inner eight-year-old ask for? Organic Energy Chews by Honey Stinger.

18. Chips

Maybe not the best choice for mid-ride nutrition, but few post-ride treats match such crunchy goodness.

19. Sunscreen

Long days call for skin care. Plus, spandex tan maintenance is important.

20. Bottles and electrolyte tablets

Keep hydrated, people. Camelback happens to make an exceptional bidon, while the flavour scientists at Nuun keep essential hydration delicious.

21. Hats

Crucial for added Euro/pro peloton style. There’s debate about wearing hats during the summer months, so make your own decision here. Regardless, just always remember to remove hats when not in kit. The rules are important, people.

22. Jacket

Yep, you’re gonna get hot and sweaty on that long climb up. But coming down? You’re in for some chills. Bring along something packable and effective, like the MEC Pinna or Castelli Velo.

23. Bars

Keep calories in the tank. Just avoid chomping on a Vega when ascending steep gradients – it gets weird.

24. Oranges

Aesthetically pleasing and refreshing.

25. Speakers

If your planned route calls for a swimming hole or beach stop, why not bring some jams? Maybe not ideal for your next Zone 5 interval session, though…

26. Pineapple

Do not try to stuff one of these in your jersey pocket. You’ll regret it. Trust us on this one.

27. Gloves

Classy. Plus, a touch of cushioning keeps you comfy, and they protect your palms and knuckles in case of a spill. Featured: the MEC Bolt.

28. Lip balm

There are many documented cases of professional cyclists dropping out of races from overly chapped lips. It could happen to you, too. Be safe out there!

29. Chamois creme [not pictured, for very good reason]

Some can last without it, others swear by it. Our verdict? Absolute luxury.

Jonathan Johnson

Writer, resident coffee addict and spandex expert. Tirelessly seeking the perfect writing/riding playlist.