What to Pack When Cycling

 

If you have ever had a great ride cut short for unforeseen reasons such as a mechanical failure, flat tire or inclement weather, you know the importance of being prepared before embarking on your journey.  Proper equipment and preparations will lead to a much more enjoyable ride and prevent a long walk back to civilization if something goes bad.  Riding with a hydration pack provides easy access to an ample water supply as well as the ability to carry essential tools, spare parts and extra clothing.  The location and type of ride you are embarking on as well as some personal preferences will ultimately determine your individual checklist but here are some suggestions for loading up your Osprey hydration pack.

Short MTB ride near an urban area or commuting to work:

Recommended pack- Viper or Verve 9

Essentials:

  • Full reservoir of water for staying hydrated
  • (1) Spare tube (proper size for your tire)
  • Small tire pump and/or CO2 inflator with CO2 cartridge
  • (2) Tire levers
  • (1) Minimalistic multi-tool

Recommended:

  • Cell phone
  • Energy snack
  • Rain jacket (if weather looks inclement)

 

 

Viper 9 Empty

                         Viper 9 Loaded


 

Intermediate length rides where immediate help may be more difficult to obtain:

Recommended pack- Viper or Verve 10, Raptor 10

  Essentials:

  • Full 3 liter reservoir of water for staying hydrated
  • ID and emergency contact card
  • (1) Spare tube (proper size for your tire)
  • Small tire pump
  • (2) Tire levers
  • (1) Patch kit
  • (1) Multi-tool with chain breaker
  • Duct tape
  • (2) Energy bars or gels
  • Rain shell

Recommended:

  • Cell phone
  • Waterproof wallet with $5-$10
  • Sunscreen
  • Small first aid kit
  • Extra chain links

 

Raptor 10 Empty

             Raptor 10 Loaded


 

Epic full day rides into the backcountry:

Recommended pack – Raptor 14, Zealot 16

Essentials:

  • Full 3 liter reservoir of water for staying hydrated
  • ID and emergency contact card
  • (2) Spare tubes (proper size for your tire)
  • Small tire pump
  • (2) Tire levers
  • (1) Patch kit
  • (1) Multi-tool with chain breaker
  • Duct tape
  • Spare parts depending on your bike (i.e. derailleur hanger)
  • (2) Energy bars or gels
  • Rain shell
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Waterproof wallet with $5-$10
  • Compass and map
  • Headlamp or pen sized flashlight

Recommended:

  • Superglue
  • Toilet paper
  • Swiss army knife
  • Lighter
  • Leg and arm warmers
  • Cell phone
  • Extra chain links
  • Tire boot kit

 

Zealot 16 Empty

                 Zealot 16 Empty

Zealot 16 Loaded

            Zealot 16 Loaded

 

 

 


 

Daily commute

Recommended pack-Momentum 26 or 34, Metron 25 or 35

Essentials:

  • (1) Spare tube (proper size for your tire)
  • Small tire pump and/or CO2 inflator with CO2 cartridge
  • (2) Tire levers
  • (1) Minimalistic multi-tool

Recommended:

  • U-lock
  • Change of clothing
  • Towel for showering
  • Toiletry kit
  • Cell phone

    Momentum 26 Empty

             Momentum 26 Empty                

Momentum 26 Loaded

           Momentum 26 Loaded