How To Pack For A Bike Ride – GCN’s Guide To What To Take On A Ride

How To Pack For A Bike Ride – GCN’s Guide To What To Take On A Ride


There is a surprising amount of kit that
you need to take with you on a long ride if you’re going to be completely self
sufficient but as you can see here, it’s pretty difficult to put all of this
stuff into the three back pockets you get on a cycling jersey. So here’s a
guide to how we, here at GCN, pack our kit, efficiently. So laid out neatly on this table, here’s
the kit that you need to take out on a long ride. First up, gilet, rain cape,
a couple of energy gels, some food, phone and a waterproof
case, a couple of tire levers, some patches, a mini pump, a multi tool, a
super multi tool, two inner tubes, a mini tube of sun tan cream depending
on the weather of course, ID, a wallet, some cash, a rather retro
way of carrying your kit, a bidon. So how, do I hear you ask, are we
going to fit all of this in our pockets? The answer, we’re not. Nope, packaging all
of this into your jersey will see your pockets bulging and kit flying off left,
right, and center. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where a
saddlebag becomes invaluable. So, in the saddlebag, you put the
following things: some patches, they fit neatly in the top there, your two
inner tubs, these go very snuggly in there, nice and tight, which is what you
want, and it still leaves room for your tire levers, slot those down
in there, and also, a multi tool. There we go, slide down the side,
nice and neat. Zip that up. How compact and efficient is that? So with your inner tubes and tools out of
the way, let’s move on to the other stuff. So my cape and my mini pump are generally
put together, so that it doesn’t dig in and stick into my middle pocket at the
back, keeping it nice and central, and balanced. Now, next up is cash. Now
there’s a few ways you can carry cash on a ride. A really old school secret way of
stashing, you got a £20 note here, just enough to cover any
eventualities and also a coffee stop, if needed, is to pop out the end plugs on
your handlebars and stow that neatly inside. And another way of storing money,
is this. A lot of you may do it already but it’s a good one. If you’ve got a phone
case, you slip your £20 note or whatever currency in use in your country of
course, stick it in there and that negates the need to take your wallet
with you. Now while we are on the subject of phones, even though most phones do come
with a case, it’s all about looking after the screen and not scratching it,
especially when you’re taking things in and out of your pocket on a ride.
So get yourself a little plastic case, something like this, this is just an old
Santini bag the arm warmers are stored in, pop that inside, keeps it waterproof and
snug with a little zip lock on it. You can fold it up and your
phone is ready to go really. Now finally, one of the last bits of kit
that might be important on a ride or just going out generally, is some ID. So take a
driving license for example and a company called Road ID, also make wrist bands that
contains all the details that you need, should you get into difficulty. Add to
that, your gels, you can stick them either side, you got a nice balanced set of
pockets so you can go on your way. Now one other thing that you might
want to take on a ride with you, but certainly not in the weather
conditions we’ve got in the UK at the moment, is a small tube of sun tan cream.
Like I said, definitely not today. Finally, a bit of an old school method for
carrying your kit, we have touched on this before in one of our GCN videos
but here is a reminder for you. You get an old bidon, cut off the top, a
lot of pros do this actually, and a bit of a reminder, you will need two
bottle cages on your bike, otherwise you’re going to go a little bit
thirsty. Cut off the top, get your kit. So you’ve got your inner
tubes neatly packed, a suitably sized plastic bag, patches, your multi tool, and
your tire levers. Roll them all up, nice and compact, nice and tight, like so.
Baking skills coming in there. Slot it in, nice and neat,
and there you have it. And if you like this video, make
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click on my old school bidon. Oh, pardon me. Sorry about that! Sorry!