Download the Cycling Checklist. Everything you need to practice this sport

Download the Cycling Checklist. Everything you need to practice this sport


Cycling is great but not the easiest sport to practice as it may seem from the outside, especially if we are talking about road bikes. It requires not only the skills and experience but also special equipment and clothing, consisting of a lot of essential things that are easier to forget than to remember, right?

To prevent this from happening to you, check out the Cycling Checklist. The list will work primarily for road cycling but considering that the equipment and clothing are repeated with minor additions and exceptions, it will also be suitable for mountain biking, bike touring and even the city biking, including ebikes.

We have tried to make the list as complete as possible with more than 100 items in it. So it is not necessary to bring all the things on the list but only the ones without which you actually can't do cycling. For example, you should not neglect everything about hydration and nutrition, and safety on the road, even if it seems "unnecessary". Conversely, it is quite possible to neglect things like "a larger backpack that can hold more spare things", or even clipless pedals if you can and prefer to ride with the regular ones. See for yourself according to your situation.

Download and print out the cycling checklist (434 KB, PDF, Google Drive) to make sure you have everything with you when it comes to the actual cycling adventure.

1. Cycling equipment, spare parts, and repairs

  • Bicycle (the one you buy usually include: frame, handlebars with brakes and shifters, saddle, chain and two wheels with tires)
  • Clipless pedals
  • Regular platform bike pedals with or without a toe clips
  • Two flask holders
  • Two flasks of 500–750 ml each
  • Front and rear rain fenders for wheels
  • Hex keys (4 and 5 mm must-have) or universal wrench set
  • Pedal wrench
  • Screwdrivers set
  • Two spare bike tubes
  • Two spare bike tires
  • Floor pump
  • Valve adaptors: Presta for road bikes and Schrader for mountain bikes
  • Spare bike chain
  • Chain fixing tool
  • Replacement chain links
  • Tire lever
  • Tire patches and glue or tire repair kit
  • Chain lubricant (no spray!)
  • Bike mirrors
  • Bike bell (ring)
  • Under-saddle bag
  • Frame bag, handlebar bag, trunk bag, and others for bike touring 
  • Cycling backpack for 10/20 liters max
  • Wheel covers or full bike cover
  • Bike lock
  • Bike rack to make bike stand itself on the floor
  • Other

2. Safety, emergency, and different useful items

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling or any sportive glasses
  • Front and rear bike lights
  • Headlight
  • Some reflective things for your bike and cloths
  • Extra batteries for bike lights or USB cable
  • Portable or mini pump with a holder or CO2 inflator with cartridges
  • Basic all-purpose first aid kit or emergency kit
  • Dry or liquid alcohol
  • Notepad, pen, and pencil
  • Other

3. Clothing, accessories, and personal hygiene

  • Base layer breathable shirt
  • Boxers if needed
  • Three pairs of ski socks minimum
  • Cycling jersey with short sleeves for hot weather
  • Cycling jersey with long sleeves for cold weather
  • Cycling waist shorts or bibs shorts
  • Summer cycling waist pants or bibs pants
  • Winter cycling pants
  • Sleeves (arm warmers)
  • Knee or leg warmers
  • Buff or any other neck warmer
  • Windbreaker vest
  • Wind and rain light jacket
  • Thermal underwear top and bottom for the winter
  • Winter cycling jacket
  • Cycling cap
  • Bandanna
  • Cycling gloves for hot and cold weather
  • Clipless shoes
  • Regular bike shoes for mountain biking
  • Post-ride set of clothes
  • Post-ride shoes or sandals
  • Clipless pedals clips
  • Running or tennis shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Chamois cream from saddle sores

4. Navigation, mobile connection, and energy

  • Bike computer and its holder for the handlebar
  • Smartphone holder for the handlebar instead of a computer
  • Pro weather app
  • Paper and electronic maps of the region
  • Route description printed on paper
  • GPS navigator (GPS trekker)
  • Mobile or satellite phone
  • Smartwatch with altimeter and track recorder app
  • A small camera, GoPro, and the like
  • Powerbank
  • Portable solar panel
  • Other

5. Identity papers, money, and insurance

  • National ID
  • Drivers license
  • International passport with a visa (if required)
  • Any types of permits (if needed)
  • Rules of transportation of bike in luggage and payment
  • Emergency phone number and other contacts
  • Your itinerary and contacts left to this service, friends, and hotel
  • Credit card
  • Cash in local currency
  • Health, travel, and sportive insurance
  • Other

Check other checklists. Soon we'll share similar checklists for all other top 20 outdoor sports and activities you can practice with the


Text: Ivan Kuznetsov, an outdoor journalist, editor and writer from the Dolomites, Italy, and Karelia, Finland, with 10 years of professional experience. His favorite sports are hiking, cycling and sauna. Read his other articles

Cover photo: woman cycling on road racing bikes in Brouwersdam, Ouddorp, Netherlands. Coen van de Broek / Unsplash

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