You’re frantic. Panicked even. In exactly one hour, your troop is heading out the door on a bicycling outing — and you’re struggling to pack. What clothes do you need to bring? How about extra gear?
Just take a deep breath and use this handy checklist. In addition to your basic outdoor gear, you’ll also need:
BICYCLING EXPERT ESSENTIALS:
From Adam Craig, nine-time national mountain bike champion, Bend, Ore.
Multi-tool. “This will take care of the screwdriver, chain tool, Allen and box wrenches items from above, all while fitting in your pocket nicely.”
Hydration pack. “Whenever I’m not racing I’m wearing one of these packs. You can carry water, all of your tools and some extra clothing. Everything you’d ever need can fit in a small pack.”
Sunglasses. “I’m a big fan of riding with eyewear. It seems that whenever I have to take my glasses off due to rain (Rain-X helps a lot, by the way), I inevitably get poked in the eye with a stick.”
Gloves. “Sweaty hands don’t grab handlebars very well. And the branches that don’t poke you in the eye will surely scrape across your knuckles.”
TWO THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED: