May 28, 2016
Gadgets, snacks, MacGyver-worthy tools and other essentials, some stuff should always come along for the ride. Here’s 29 (or so) things to bring 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 on two wheels.
You won’t get far without one of these. If you’re into carbon, the Fenix SL40 has race-ready stiffness and good clearance, while the Ridley X-Trail series is ready for club rides, gravel grinders and even cyclocross when summer’s over.
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? Pick one from the MEC line-up or the MET helmet fleet.
If you’re going to perch on a super-lightweight seat for hours on end, you should be comfortable. Castelli bibtights fit the bill for sure.
Looking to carry some stuff on this list? You’ll need pocket real estate. Breezy materials and aerodynamic details are always welcome, too. Take off in a sleek Castelli jersey (there are lots to choose from), or gear up in a Pearl Izumi layer.
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. Go clipless in shoes from Shimano or Fizik.
6. Fancy socks
Absolutely crucial. Make sure they’re the appropriate height.
Training data, secret roads and Strava competitions. Yes, the reasons for donning a GPS device 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.
More of a recovery essential, perhaps…
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.
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.
A nutritional staple of cyclists the world over, and for good reason: packable, easy to eat with one hand and chock-full of potassium.
How else are you going to document that #goodtimesoutside Instagram gem?
17. Energy gummies
Maybe not the best choice for mid-ride nutrition, but few post-ride treats match such crunchy goodness.
Long days call for skin care. Plus, spandex tan maintenance is important.
20. Bottles and electrolyte tablets
Crucial for added Euro/pro peloton style. There’s debate about wearing cycling caps 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.
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.
Keep calories in the tank. Just avoid chomping on a bar when ascending steep gradients – it gets weird. Want to mix things up? Try energy and protein bars.
Aesthetically pleasing and refreshing.
If your planned route calls for a swimming hole or beach stop, why not bring some portable jams? Maybe not ideal for your next Zone 5 interval session, though…
Do not try to stuff one of these in your jersey pocket. You’ll regret it. Trust us on this one.
Classy. Plus, a touch of cushioning keeps you comfy, and they protect your palms and knuckles in case of a spill. Lots of digit-covers to choose from.
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
Some can last without it, others swear by it. Our verdict? Absolute luxury.