What to Bring on Every Bike Ride

Our customer, Century Cycles, shares a few ‘must haves’ you should take on every bike ride.

 Basic repair and maintenance kit

Basic repair and maintenance kit

Your kit should include a spare inner tube, tire levers, patch kit, mini-pump and a folding multi-tool. Even if you’re not familiar with how to fix a flat tire or make basic adjustments yourself, having the right tools is a step in the right direction.


CC Water and/or sports drink and a light snack

Water and/or sports drink and a light snack

Staying hydrated is a necessity, even in cooler weather. You might think a snack isn’t needed for a shorter ride, but a breakdown or other problem might put you out on the road longer than you expect. Stash an energy bar in your bike bag or jersey pocket.

Cash and credit/ATM card

Cash and credit/ATM card

Some stores have a minimum amount for credit card purchases, so carry a little cash for small purchases like a snack or water. Have some cash in a few single $1 bills in case your only option is a vending machine. A credit card is handy if you have any major mechanical issues and are near a bike shop. You can pay for any replacement parts and labor charges that you might have.


Personal identification

Personal identification

If you’re involved in an accident, emergency personnel can verify your identity by looking at your ID (in the event you can’t speak for yourself). If you are stopped for a traffic violation, you’ll also need to show identification. In the worst-case scenario, you might also want to think about also having your health insurance ID card with you, too.

Cell phone

Cell phone

If you have mechanical issues or get caught after dark without a headlight and taillight, using your cell phone to call a friend or family member is your best choice. Plus, most cell phones also double as a camera. If you witness or are involved in an accident, any photographic evidence you have could prove helpful in the future.


Learn more about what to bring on a bike ride by visiting Century Cycle’s website.

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