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.