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We had covered 45km the ground was wet & slushy, the wind was blowing hard right into our faces & straight down the neck. We were at least 25km from any civilization and then 'Bollocks'... his got a rear flat, not to worry I'm with a specially trained SAS hard man, ...he'll have all the right equipment .... won't he?

'Chiefy', said Fat%*^... (name withheld) 'lend me your pump, tube & tyre levers mate' .. Errr .. I've used it on the last breakdown, haven't got another one mate! ... 'I was relying on you to carry all  your own f*%king kit!
You bloody big numb-nut! .. .. enough said.
Use this check-list to pick out items you could need for your ride, whether it be a short ride or an epic ride.
Short / Medium / Long / Enduro / Epic rides / .......
'Darn right mental ones'

BASIC KIT:
FOR A SHORT-DAY RIDES
~ Minimum Kit List ~
In many cases you won’t need all of this stuff, however if something does happen to you or the bike in a remote spot, you’ll be equipped to deal with most situations or at least stay safe warm until help arrives.
• Small rucksack / hydration pack
• Lightweight waterproof / windproof top
• Extra thermal top or warm layer to wear if stopped.
• 1-2 litres of water either in a bladder or water bottles
• Food to last you the duration of the ride
for example energy bars, gels, wine gums, chocolate or malt loaf.
• A good pump (mini will fit better)
• Tyre levers
• Spare inner tubes
• Puncture repair kit (or sticky patches)
• Chain splitter
• Allen key set
• Spoke key
• First aid kit/survival blanket (a couple of plasters)
• Mobile phone (charged) / money for pay-phone.


~ Kit List For A Night Ride ~
• Sufficient lights for off road night riding with burn time in between 3-5 hours (depending on your abilities and should easily cover the duration of a 50km night ride.
• Rear light (keep it visible)
• Backup light/head touch/reflective ware.

BASIC KIT:
FOR ENDURANCE & LONG-DAY RIDES
~ Minimum Kit List ~
This may look like a lot of gear to be lugging around on a ride and on many cases you won’t need all of it. However if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote spot, you’ll be equipped to deal with most situations or at least stay safe and warm until help arrives.
• Medium/Large rucksack - hydration pack.
• Lightweight waterproof/windproof/gloves/helmet.
• Extra thermal top or warm layer to wear if stopped.
• 2 litre of water either in a bladder or water bottles.
• Food to last you for the duration of the ride.
Example energy bars, gels, wine gums, malt loaf or chocolate.
• A good pump (or air canisters)
• Tyre levers
• 2 spare inner tubes
• Puncture repair kit (or sticky patches)
• Chain splitter
• Allen key set
• Spoke key
• First aid kit/survival blanket/maps/whistle.
• Mobile phone/money for pay-phone/phone number of the Event HQ/friends.
  

When you’re out riding in the hills, the weather can change rapidly at any time of year and being prepared for wind and rain or cold conditions with the gear that you carry will make your ride much more enjoyable. (we know)

Even on a summer’s day, it’s possible to get cold very quickly if you have to stop to fix a mechanical problem or become injured so always carry a waterproof / windproof jacket or thermal top and dress in layers appropriate to the conditions.
• Maintain your bike so that it doesn’t let you down when you’re at the furthest point from home.
As a MINIMUM carry the tools listed above and more importantly, know how to use them.

• If possible cycle in a group so that if someone does hurt himself or herself there are enough people to stay with the injured person whilst others go for help.
• If you are riding on your own, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.
• Carrying a basic first aid kit and survival blanket is a very good idea, not just for races when it’s on the compulsory kit list!.
• Unless you are VERY familiar with the area where you are cycling, carry a map and compass in clear plastic bag.
(Again know how to use them!)

• Keep eating and drinking regularly to keep your energy levels up so that you can complete the ride.
• Be able to recognise the symptoms of dehydration & hitting the wall & act accordingly. (Especially in others)
Trailside first aid

This may sound like a lot of gear to be lugging around on a ride and on many cases you won’t need all of it. However if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote spot, you’ll be equipped to deal with most situations or at least stay safe and warm until help arrives
FOOD
Isotonic powder
Energy gels
Wine gums
Dried fruits
Chocolate
(
it goes on)
TOOLS
Pump
Chain Splitter
Chain links
Small Torch
Allen Keys
Spoke key
Penknife
Crank bolt key
Bike lock
SPARES
Tube
Tube repair kit
Spare batteries
whistle
Disc spacers
Zip ties
Electrical tape
Survival blanket
Night glow stick
Gear, Brake cable
Rim brakes
Disc pads
Chain
Chain links
Matches
CLOTHS
Helmet
Glasses
(
3 lenses are best)
Gloves
(
full or fingerless)
Buff (
neck warmer)
Socks
Waterproof
Windproof
Gilet
Shorts
Leggings
Long sleeve top
Short sleeve top
Spd's
Hat (beanie)
Sandals (
light)
Tee shirt
Shorts (
evening)
EXTRAS
Maps
Cheques
Pen or pencil
Cheque card
Credit card (
in date)
Cash (
not £1.32)
Booking info
Telephone numbers
(membership card)
Mobile phone
Charger for phone
Camera / video
Bike computer
Watch
Sun cream (
maybe)
Toothpaste
Tooth brush
Shower gel
Saving foam
Razor (
for legs?)
First aid kit
Pain killers
Cotton buds
Lube (
small bottle)
Spare chain (
?)
Rear crud guard
Front crud guard
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