Getting ready to head out for a ride? Read this first.

The last thing you want to do is get stuck 10 miles out in the woods because you couldn’t fix a flat or chain.

Stash these essential items in your gear bag or daypack and you’ll be prepared to deal with the most common trail issues.

Yeah, you can thank us later. Better yet, pass along these tips to someone else who can use them.

The 2 Essentials for any good ride

  • Bike
  • Helmet

The 19 must-have items

  • Hydration pack or water bottles
  • Eye protection (sunglasses or clear lenses)
  • Gloves
  • First-aid items
  • Spare tube/s (and/or patch kit)
  • Compact pump
  • Tire levers
  • Cycling multi-tool (with Allen wrenches)
  • Chain tool
  • Replacement chain links
  • General-purpose multi-tool
  • Duct tape
  • Derailleur hanger
  • Zip ties
  • Windbreaker
  • Headlamp
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Cell phone

Heading out for a longer ride? Consider these items:

  • Wicking jersey
  • Padded shorts or tights
  • Cycling socks
  • Rainwear
  • Weatherproof gloves
  • Insulation layer(s) -Buff/bandana/skullcap
  • Arm/leg warmers
  • Water bottles with cages
  • Cycling computer and/or GPS
  • Compass
  • Saddle or handlebar bag
  • Wrist altimeter
  • Lock
  • Taillight
  • Emergency whistle
  • Spare tire
  • Pressure gauge
  • CO2 inflator (with cartridges)
  • Spare spokes
  • Lubricant
  • Spoke wrench
  • Brake and derailleur cables
  • 6” adjustable wrench
  • Assorted nuts and bolts
  • Medical information/emergency contact card
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Chamois cream
  • Small, quick-dry towel
  • Baby wipes
  • Performance food/gels/drinks
  • Maps / guidebook or route description
  • Camera
  • Cash/credit card/ID

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Source: trail experience; rei.com; mtbtips.com; bikefat.com

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