GCN vs Me – Bike Ride Essentials

I adore watching GCN (Global Cycling Network) on their Youtube channel. I found their maintenance videos initially very helpful, but then at the start of 2016 GCN got me interested in the professional road cycling side of our sport. In this recent video they select items they consider essential for any ride. It’s worth a view or just read on for my alternative list.

GCN’s List – 10 Essentials

10. Patches and a puncture repair kit
9. Energy bars, gels, homemade flapjack etc
8. Money
7. A multitool
6. A water bottle
5. Inner tubes
4. Tyre levers
3. A pump
2. Some form of ID/identification
1. Your mobile phone
Bonus: Raincape

David’s essential ride items

I really need two lists and I won’t try to rank anything, as if it’s an essential putting a number in front of it makes no difference.

Commuting & rides less than 1 hour-long.

  • Tyre levers (Recommended > Park TL-1.2 Tire Levers)
  • Patches (Recommended > Park GP-2 Super Patch Kit)
  • Missing Link
  • A multitool
  • Your mobile phone
  • Waterproof Box
  • Mobile power bank and short USB charging lead
  • Money
  • A pump
  • Lock

Additionally for rides more than an hour long

  • Energy bars, gels, homemade flapjack etc
  • Two water bottle
  • At least one Inner tube
Park TR-1 Tire and Tube Repair Kit (GP-2 Super Patch Kit and TL-1.2 Tire Levers)
Park TR-1 Tire and Tube Repair Kit (GP-2 Super Patch Kit and TL-1.2 Tire Levers)
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Author: David Jackson

Hello, I'm a 38 yo cyclist trying to get healthy and set a good example for my daughter. I work for a Charity by day and in 2017 I rode my first century!

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