Suggested Equipment


Mandatory for team rides



  • Water. Consider carrying extra for riders
  • Food. Consider carrying extra for riders (Gel packs are small and light)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • First aid kit (including gloves)
  • Charged cell phone or communication device suitable for practice area
  • Access to emergency contact/ medical list (Paper, Cell phone, or Pitzone/Team Snap)
  • Tube (check it a few times a season) and dyna plugs (make sure you know how to use them)
  • Mini-pump
  • Tire lever(s)
  • Multi tool with chain breaker – or individual tools
  • Patch kit

Optional. Consider Carrying

  • Map of riding area
  • Space/emergency blanket
  • Sam splint
  • Spare layer to lend
  • Quick links (9,10 and 11, 12 speed all available)
  • Chain lube
  • Spare tube for another rider/wheel size
  • CO2 for quick inflation
  • Pliers – most mini tools don’t have them (Or carry a leatherman)
  • Duct tape or electrical tape
  • Knife/scissors
  • Zip ties
  • Small pick
  • Spare valve stem
  • Spare cable
  • Cleat bolts
  • Hand saw

What’s in Neils Bag?

Tools & Parts


  • Toiletries – The usual items (tooth brush/paste, travel size shampoo and conditioner, etc…)
  • Towel – (lightweight to enhance quick drying, like the PackTowl, if possible)
  • Lightweight lock and cable – Recommended (U-locks are good too, but limited in function)
  • Water carrying bladders or containers – at least 1 US gallon capacity (for refilling at the water pump)
  • Basic first-aid kit – We will have these too, but it’s a nice habit to begin instilling
  • Sunglasses*
  • Flashlight/headlamp*
  • Insect repellent – We will have this too, but it’s a nice habit to begin instilling
  • Sunblock* – We will have this too, but it’s a nice habit to begin instilling
  • Sleeping bag – Down bags are warmer, weigh less, and pack smaller, but useless if wet. Synthetic bags are heavier and bulkier, but less expensive for comparable warmth and they will keep you warm even if wet
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Personal eating utensils – Fork, spoon, cup, bowl, plate – WE AIM to produce minimal waste
  • Plastic baggies and garbage bags*
  • Small backpack