Cycling: kit and equipment list
With so many products on the market, it can
be hard to tell what you’ll actually need for your cycling
challenge. Our checklist will help you select everything you
You’ll need a
well-maintained, reliable and safe bike for your challenge. There
are so many different types of bike at a range of prices so it’s
worth going to a specialist bike shop and getting fitted. They’ll
be able to advise on which is the right type of bike for you,
within your price range.
There’s no excuse for not wearing a helmet - they’re
lightweight, comfortable to wear and cheap.
It is illegal to cycle in the UK at night without proper bike
lights. At the very least you should have:
- One steady, fixed white light that conforms to BS6102/3 mounted
centrally or offside (closer to the middle of the ground) and no
higher than 1500mm from the ground. It should be visible from the
front and aligned in that direction.
- One steady, fixed red light that conforms to BS6102/3 or
BS3648. This should be mounted centrally or offside at the rear of
your bike and should be between 350mm and 1500mm from the ground.
It should be visible from the rear and aligned in that
- Four reflectors, coloured amber that conform to BS6102/2. These
should be fitted to each pedal so that one is clearly visible from
the front and one is clearly visible from the rear. If you cannot
fit reflectors to your pedals, then you can use a reflective
trouser clip or band.
Check lighting packaging or the manufacturer's website to see if
their bike lights conform to the
Department for Transport's regulations
Top tip: If you're taking part in one of our Night Rides, make sure you build in cycling at
night into your training. You can use these rides as an opportunity
to check the intensity of your bike lights and also your light's
battery life. See how long your lights will run on a new set of
fully charged batteries - this will help you work out if they will
last long enough for you to complete the ride.
In addition to lights, we strongly recommend that you wear
bright clothing when cycling at night. Preferably something
fluorescent and reflective so that you are more visible to
- high visibility vests/jackets
- high visibility belts
- high visibility trouser bands and arm strips
- reflective rucksacks.
The type of shoe
you’ll need depends on your bike. If you have a road bike
which has ‘clip in’ pedals you’ll need bike shoes with ‘cleats’
that fit into your pedals.
These ‘close’ fitting
shirts to eliminate ‘drag’ from the wind. They’re also made
from a technical fabric, which will keep you dry by ‘wicking’ away
the sweat from your body and helping it to evaporate. They
also have several handy pockets in the back to carry all your
essentials. Why not purchase one of our
and show everyone you are part of the team.
The padded seat will
help you feel more comfortable on those long rides! These
shorts are also made of a technical fabric which will keep you dry
by ‘wicking’ away sweat and helping it to evaporate.
It’s important to
make sure you stay hydrated on the road. Most road bikes will have
a holder for two water bottles. For detailed information on how to
keep hydrated please read our nutrition section
It’s really useful to
have a free standing hand pump which allows you to fully inflate
your tyres easily. If you’re training or going on relatively
long rides, (2 hours plus) it’s worth having a lightweight pump
Carry spare inner
tubes on longer rides in case you get a puncture.
It’s always useful to
wear glasses to protect against wind and debris. Sunglasses,
clear glasses or ones with inter-changeable lenses are ideal.
A quick smear of
Vaseline in the right places will help to avoid chafing– essential
for long rides!
Although you won’t need to take this on rides, it’s an essential
bit of kit as it helps to keep your chain lubricated to so that
your gears transition smoothly.
Nice to have
These gadgets can
tell you all sorts of information about your performance including
speed, distance, cadence (pedal revolutions) and calories burned.
These are like 8
spanners in one with fold out Allen key type tools which fit nearly
every bolt on the bike. They are really useful if you want to
change your riding position.
Cycling gloves tend
to be fingerless with slight padding on the palm area, which help
protect your hands from blisters and soreness.
Most cycling tops are
short sleeved and so arm warmers will help keep you warm without
changing your wardrobe! Just pull on to each arm to help keep them