This simple safety check for bike touring helps you to be prepared in a bike touring environment.  You can then relax and enjoy, knowing that you’re well prepared.

CHECK YOUR BIKE, HELMET & CLOTHING

Follow the goRide essential pre-ride bike safety check here for the basics and this is something you should do every morning of your bike tour.  You must get your bike checked/serviced by a bike mechanic before heading into a bike tour.  Understand how your helmet needs to be fitted to work properly – helmet check here.

Clothing choice is a really important element of bike touring as you need to be prepared for all types of weather.  You also need to be comfortable for long periods of time on the bike.  Take clothing that is designed for exercising in – lightweight, moisture wicking, breathable.  Womens Bike Clothing – Fabric Choice

CHECK YOU ARE VISIBLE

Clothing – we recommend bright clothing for all on road touring situations.  Anything that will add to your visibility where traffic is moving at high speeds.

Lights – front light and rear reflector is law in NZ for bikes on the road at night time.  Bike touring lights are more about being caught out before you reach your destination and for added protection during the day on the road – flashing lights catch drivers attention.  Bike Light Buying Guide

Bell – can you be heard as well as seen?  Will this be important where you are going?  Bike Bell Buying Guide

Flags – a great idea for on the road and if you are towing a trailer attach a flag to it.

CHECK YOUR KIT

A Touring Tool Kit will be extensive with extra tools for isolated riding conditions. What’s in a Bike Touring Tool Kit?

Spread the load of carrying tools amongst the group you are riding with.

First Aid Kit & Emergency Kit for Bike Touring – gloves, steary strip/plasterers, aspirin, antihistamine, wet wipes, survival blanket for every person in your group – all this and more.  Also see our Bike First Aid Supplies Buying Guide

Here’s a list of Gear for Bike Touring and some suggested ways to carry it all!

CHECK YOUR SECURITY

Personal ID/Money – You should carry your ID, money and emergency contact details in a ziplock bag. Always tell someone where you are going and when you should be back.  Ride within your abilities at all times, with a group that matches or understands your experience level.

Registration/Photo – We recommend that you have a photo of your bike and its registration number incase of theft. This gives you peace of mind when dealing with the police or your insurance company

A bike lock – will you be stopping and leaving your bike at any point?  A small retractable lock will give you peace of mind.  Bike Lock Buying Guide

CHECK YOUR WATER/FOOD

Will you have enough water? Know where and how you can access water before you leave.  Deciding weather to carry water on your back or on your bike can depend on your regular access to clean drinking water.  See our story on Water Carrying Options.

Food is personal & will need good planning see our Gear List for Bike Touring/Multi Day Riding.  Take plenty of food, it is always better to have more than you need and your needs will be high!

CHECK THE WEATHER

Wear clothes that match the environment you are riding in and the temperatures you will be expecting.  Riding through any back country environments will bring with it changes in temperature and perhaps unexpected weather so you MUST be prepared for anything.

…so you & your family can SMILE when you ride

Kids & Youth

Padded Bike Underwear

Bike Helmets

Mountain Bike Helmets

Jackets for Biking/Outdoors

Bike Gloves

Bike Bells

Handlebar Grips

Protective Padding

Bike Locks

Bike Lights

Hydration

Bags for Biking

Bike Tools & Tool Kits

Women

Padded Bike Pants & Underwear

Bike Saddles

Bike Helmets

Bike Jackets

Bike Gloves

Bike Bells

Hydration

Handlebar Grips

Family 

Full Range Kids Bike Seats – Attached or Towed

Kids Bike Seats – On the Bike

Kids Bike Seats – Towed by the Bike

Kids Balance Bikes

Men

Bike Helmets

Bike Saddle

Bike Gloves

Handlebar Grips

Bike Bell

Smile when you ride

Be Visibile on the Bike

Be Comfortable on your Bike Seat

‘Fun Up’ the Kids Bike/Biking

NZ Made by goRide

Kids Bike Seats & Bikes

Kids Bike Seats – On the Bike

Kids Bike Seats – Towed by the Bike

Kids Balance Bikes

Clothing & Bags

Padded Bike Pants & Underwear

Bike Jackets

goWarm Headbands & Neck Warmers

Bags for Biking

Rider Safety & Protection

Bike Helmets

Bike Gloves

Bike Lights

Bike Bells

First Aid & Personal Care

Hydration

Bike Parts & Care

Bike Saddles

Handlebar Grips

Bike Locks

Bike Carriers

Bike & Chain Cleaning

Bike Tools & Tool Kits

Smile when you ride

Be Visibile on the Bike

Be Comfortable on your Bike Seat

‘Fun Up’ the Kids Bike/Biking

NZ Made by goRide

Family Riding

With a 1 year old

With a 2 year old

With a 3 year old

With a 4 or 5 year old

With a 6 year old

Riding in Traffic

Women in Traffic

Kids Attached or Towed in Traffic

Bikepath Riding

Women on Bikepaths

Kids Attached or Towed on Bikepaths

Mountain Biking

Kids/Youth Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking with Kids Attached or Towed

E-biking