How To: Pack for a Bike Ride
So, what do you need to bring on your ride? Here are my top choices. 1. Lights! Even during the day, I never ride without these bad boys, front and rear. They’re always on so that I can be seen by motorists no matter the time of day. These lights are rechargeable and I charge them after every ride. 2. Flat Kit. If you get a flat tire and don’t want to be left stuck on the side of the road (or calling your buddies), you’re going to need a flat kit. This includes spare tubes, tire levers, and maybe even some patches. You’ll also need a mini-pump or a CO2 inflator and cartridges. A multi-tool can also be very helpful. 3. Water and food; very important! It’s never fun to run out of energy while on the road. It’s a good idea to bring a couple of gels, bars, or chews on your ride and, of course, water to keep you hydrated! 4. Warmer clothes. It depends on the season and where you live, but if there’s a chance of rain or if you’re feeling a bit chilly, you’ll be glad you brought a vest, arm warmers, or a rain jacket with you. 5. Cell phone and cash. Maybe one of the most important items after lights is a phone. In a worst-case scenario, you can always call a friend for a rescue. Bringing your ID and cash is a great idea too. I like to use a Bontrager Pro Ride Wallet. It keeps everything nice and neat, plus it’s waterproof! It also slides easily into your jersey pocket for safekeeping. Depending on the cell service, you may also want to bring a map. As you can see, it’s a lot of stuff, but if you pack strategically, you’ll barely notice it’s there. Use your jersey’s back pockets for the stuff you want to reach without getting out of the saddle. Keep your cash, phone, credit card, and ID in a side pocket for easy access. Clothing items like a vest or jacket can be rolled up in the middle jersey pocket. Snacks go in your mouth (or the remaining side pocket). Everything is weighted nice and evenly. Packing your flat kit in a saddle bag will keep the tools tucked out of the way. Pack your tools in the bag, then strap it around the saddle rails and seat post. CO2 inflator and cartridges can be tucked into the bag along with tubes, tire levers, patches, and a multitool. If you would like a mini-pump, this will need to go in your jersey pocket, or be strapped to your bike’s frame. The last step is to attach your lights to the handlebar and seat post so they are pointed toward the horizon. Make sure your rear light isn’t covered by your saddlebag! Strap on your helmet, and you’re ready to roll! Check out trekbikes.com or your local Trek retailer to find all the storage solutions you need for smooth sailing.