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GO Outdoors Cycling Checklist

 
We're a nation of cyclists, there's no secret about it. Whether you're a trousers tucked into socks commuter, a muddy mountain biker, or a weekend lycra lightning bolt, we love life on two wheels. It's not always easy to know where to start when it comes to a new hobby, so we've compiled a basic checklist for new cyclists.

Below you'll find some kit for consideration for commuting and leisure cycling, and some ideas on what to wear for the weather.

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City Cycling / Commuting Essentials



  • Bike – City bikes and hybrids are ideal for commuting but most bike will do the trick
  • Helmet – Protect your head in case of an accident
  • Puncture Repair Kit – Get rolling again quick if you puncture a tyre
  • Mini Pump – Inflate your tyre again after fixing a puncture
  • Mini Tool – Useful for fixing mid-ride mechanical issues
  • Lights – Stay safe, stay seen in low light. Lights are a legal requirement after dark.
  • Reflective/Hi Viz Jacket – Helps you stay seen for extra safety
  • Mudguards – Protect yourself and your bike against nasty road spray
  • Waterproof clothing – Keep your work clothes clean and dry when commuting in wet weather
  • Luggage – Carry your things to work or the groceries back from the shops
    • Rucksack
    • Pannier rack & Pannier bag
    • Basket


Sports/Leisure/Fitness Cycling Essentials



  • Bike – Hybrids, road bikes or mountain bikes are all great for riding on different terrain
  • Helmet – Protect your head in case of an accident
  • Puncture Repair Kit – Get rolling again quick if you puncture a tyre
  • Mini Pump – Inflate your tyre again after fixing a puncture
  • Mini Tool – Useful for fixing mid-ride mechanical issues
  • Hydration – Stay hydrated with water or sports drink to avoid cramp
    • Water bottle cage & water bottle
    • Hydration pack
  • Nutrition – Refuel as you go so you can keep riding for longer
    • Energy Bars
    • Energy Gels
  • Luggage – Easy ways to carry your essentials without impairing your ride
    • Saddle Bag
    • Rucksack
    • Cycle jersey


Summer Cycling Clothing



  • Gloves – Help avoid blisters, provide extra grip on the handlebars and protect the hands in the case of a crash
  • Jersey – Keep the sun off and stay cool with breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics
  • Shorts – Extra comfort from chamois padding
  • Packable Rain Jacket – Worth taking with you in case of showers
  • Sunglasses – Keep the sun out of your eyes for improved visibility and comfort


Winter Cycling Clothing



  • Gloves – It’s important to keep your hands warm for full control of the handlebars, gears and brakes
  • Baselayer – Adding a baselayer helps with both insulation and moisture-wicking for total temperature control
  • Long-sleeved Jersey – Use a jersey by itself on milder days or under a jacket in really cold weather.
  • Jacket – Wind- and water-proof jackets ward off the elements to keep you warm and dry
  • Tights – Extra warmth for your legs without restricting movement
  • Hat – Slim beanies fit nicely under helmets to keep your head warm too


You can download a copy of this checklist to take to store with you by clicking the link below: Download Cycling Checklist