What You Need When You Ride

What You Need When You Ride

Here is a quick checklist of items to bring with you when you're hitting the road. 

Gear Checklist 

1. Helmet

A helmet is arguably the most important tool in ensuring your safety. Helmets should have a snug fit and sit parallel to the ground when riding

2. Pads

Additional padding, such as elbow and knee pads, are another simple way to protect yourself when riding. 

3. Bike Map

Know where you're going? If not, take a map. Local, regional, and State maps are great tools to help you plan your trip and identify useful resources and stops along the way.  Download the City of Holland Map!  Click HERE

4. Lights

A white light on the front of your bike and a red light at the rear are required when riding after dusk. Lights increase your visibility to other cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians when riding after dark.

5. Ankle Wrap

An ankle wrap is a simple way to keep your pant legs away from the chain. Specialized wraps are sold in bike shops throughout the City, however, you can improvise as well with household items like a large rubber band.

6. Bike Lock 

Bike locks help to give you the peace of mind that your bike will stay where you left it. There are a wide range of locks available on the market from specialty "U-locks" to a simple chain and padlock.

7. Bike Pump

A typical stand pump or foot pump is great for at home or in the garage but when you're on the road, make sure to bring a compact hand pump just in case.

8. Spare Tube

Likewise, having a spare tube handy is essential. You wouldn't drive without a spare tire so don't ride without a spare tube - unless you're comfortable carrying your bike home.