Ask the Experts: What do you always bring on a bike ride?

Not sure what to bring with you on your next bike ride? Here's what nine Curated experts never leave home without.

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Brent Roberts

Brent is a road cyclist, mountain biker, and cross racing series competitor living in Omaha, Neb.

"Biking to work: In my bag is a hand pump, spare tube, tire lever, and a water bottle. Biking for distance: In my pockets are energy chews, water, and Clif bars! Mountain biking: I always bring a 1.5L Camelback full of water."

Two photos of a grey biking backpack. The second photo shows items stored in a side pocket, including bike tools and a Clif bar

Photos by Brent Roberts

Tim Remick

Tim is an enthusiastic bike racer living in San Diego.

"On my rides, I always have a multi-tool, tube, CO2, levers, water, and a couple of snacks."

Andre Alexander Asselin

Andrew is a lifelong mountain biker and trail rider living in Salt Lake City.

"My friends say I bring too much stuff… I've got a pump, tube, water bottle, four-person medical kit, multi-tool, gloves, knee pads, zip ties (big and small), duct tape/electrical tape, a patch kit, plugs, tire levers, CO2, cutters, snacks for everyone, extra sunglasses, and a bungee cord! My hardtail made me well aware of all the things that can go wrong on the trail!"

Dalton Charest

Dalton is a XC mountain bike racer and international travel guide living in Bend, Ore.

"When it comes to my handy pockets and depending on the ride, I don’t leave home without a multi-tool, a pair of tire levers, a tire patch kit and tube, a pump, some CO2s, a goo or granola bar for fuel, water bottle, and a credit card for roadside cafe treats."

A biker riding uphill on the road at high elevation

Baily Zellers

Bailey is a certified mechanic, cerfited wheel builder and certified suspension tech living in Paia, Maui.

"Always bring a speaker—a Rogan/Bill Burr podcast playing while coming home makes a good day. Also, extra tube."

Rutledge S.

Rutledge is a cycling enthusiast who has worn all the hats for the biking industry as a shop manager, a bike mechanic and even a Garmin regional representative. Currently living in Littleton, Colo.

"I always make sure to have a multi-tool, pedal levers, patch kit, hand pump or CO2 cartridge, bacon strips (plugs for tubeless), an energy bar, and water. That’s the bare minimum for a one- to two-hour ride. I add more food and water if it’s over that, along with a spare tube."

An array of bike tools, a water bottle, and a snack on a brick ground

Photo by Rutledge S.

Zaal Rottunda

Zaal is a longtime mountain biker with experience throughout the industry, from racing to sales, living in Oceanside, Calif.

"Extra tubes, a spare chain, a couple of salt capsules or electrolyte supplements, sunblock, first aid, and water. From my experience, the worst things are getting lost, injured, or having your bike suffer mechanical failures. I like to keep things that can easily get the bike running again, as well as keep myself safe and healthy should I be out longer than intended."

Lisa C.

Lisa is a frequent commuter, mountain biker, and overall bike enthusiast currently living in Denver.

"Phone is really the big one for me in the metro area. I can usually save myself with a debit card and a phone in the city. I love commuting by Ebike and it’s important to be prepared. Things that are helpful for city commuting: a durable phone case with a card pocket (something that won't break if you take a dinger); a rain jacket; a good pair of sunnies; a lock; and a good backpack or pannier with lots of breakdown pockets to organize for the day, ideally waterproof or with a rain cover."

An ebike with a helmet and gloves sitting on the back-wheel pouch and a lock and jacket hanging over the handle bars

Photo by Lisa C.

Adam Mock

Adam is a mountain biker who's passionate about adventure, challenging himself, and finding new experiences.

"A GoPro and accessories, a tool bag (with supplies to patch a flat, CO2 canisters, a multi-tool, and tire levers), extra tube, Clif bars, a microfiber glasses cloth/bag, first aid supplies, a pressure gauge, lip balm, paper towels, and a hydration bladder."

For more on what Adam keeps in his bag, check out the video below!

If you have any questions on finding the right gear for your biking needs, chat with an expert here on Curated for free advice and recommendations.

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