Although we all love to cycle train, building our miles and improving, things can and do go wrong. Punctures, chain issues, the weather can all hamper our training efforts on a long ride. So what should you take on a long ride to help get you out of trouble, should issues occur?
Two inner tubes – Punctures will be your enemy on a long ride and swapping out tubes is the easiest way to fix a puncture when on the road. If you are riding in a group you may only need one as others will have spares.
Two Tyre levers – Getting the tyre off is much easier with these!
Puncture repair kit – You might have a terrible day and have to use this to get you home. Probably a good idea to only use it if you have to
Multi-tool - Ensure that you have one that combines a chain key and an allen key set. This should cover most emergency repair needs
Mini pump - Small enough to carry in a jersy but good enough to inflating that new inner tube should you need it
Most riders work to one piece of food per hour so ensure you take what you feel you need. Try and ensure it fits in a jersey pocket
Two bottles of water and try and plan your route so can refuel if necessary
Waterproof jacket - The weather can change in most parts of the world unless it is a scorcher of a day. You can also become stranded by the roadside, and a jacket will help keep you dryer and warmer while waiting to be picked up
Phone - Essential as you might need to call friends and family to be collected, or call a taxi should you become stranded. Keep your phone in a waterproof wallet, and ensure you keep it on silent when riding in a group
Money and credit cards - For emergencies and to buy a coffee
It is a good idea to have a jersey with pockets which will allow you to store all of this equipment. Keep the things you’ll need to use on ride such food within easy reach.