Just glancing at the extensive range of cycling apparel available can be rather overwhelming when it comes to deciding what to take on your next ride. You’ve got your bike and helmet, but now what? After these two essentials the waters become a little murky thanks to the wide array of choices you have. We’ve devised this checklist to take the hassle out of gearing up, so you can focus on the wind in your hair and the sun on your back instead of what you might have forgotten to bring along. Our main goal is to give riders the freedom to hit the road with confidence that they’ll reach their destination safely, and also get the most enjoyment out of the journey there. This list packs a triple punch – they ensure your ride is comfortable, easy, and safe.
It might sound counterintuitive at first—having a checklist for something that’s supposed to be fun—but planning and preparation are necessary if you want to heed that call to adventure responsibly. Take your core gear: water – keeping hydrated is vitally important, energy snacks – so you’ll have what you need to keep those pedals pushing on, sunscreen, basic first-aid kit, sunglasses, and your emergency contact card… just in case. Nobody wants it, but bike repair on the go is a reality you also have to prepare for. Include core tools in your bike repair kit, like a spare tube, pump, tyre levers, and a cycling multi-tool. Once you’ve got those covered it becomes easier, because at Pearl iZumi we believe that less is more.
The general rule of life in the saddle is this: The lighter you are, the more fun you’ll have. And when you choose Pearl iZumi, you’re wearing cycling clothing specifically engineered to be lightweight, easily stored, and versatile. A basic kit should at the very least include:
A quality cycling kit is how you’ll stay feeling good on your bike for the duration of your ride. Our cycle gear options provide superior moisture management, padding in all the right places, protection from the elements, and rider-safety through intelligent use of color and reflective elements.
A last thing to note is that your safety and comfort on the road begins before you even get in the saddle. The cycling gear checklist, and also a pre-ride inspection is how you do this. The major things you’ll want to check are in order include: condition and pressure of tyres, brakes, bolt tightness, height of seat and handlebar, lubrication, reflectors, lights, and finally that the quick releases on front/rear wheel is secured. It might sound like a lot now, but with practice this run- through will become habit and you’ll be able to hit the road with peace of mind. By making safety a priority, you can live the bike life with comfort and ease, giving yourself the freedom to get caught up in that special awe and splendor of outdoors that only happens on two wheels. We get it. And we want you to have it. So take the extra time to crack this list, knowing Pearl iZumi’s got your back from start to finish, and all over the country. That’s right, wherever the road (or off-road trails) happen to take you over the holidays, you can check out our handy store locator to find a trusted stockist near you.