Kit List for Mountain Biking in the UK
We want these days out to be accessible to anyone especially novices so we understand that you may not have some of the kit needed for these trips. We have some kit available for lending so that if you don’t want to purchase anything just yet please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can make sure you have everything you need in time for your ride.
When experienced riders take to the hills of Britain in the summer months they will wear clothing that is comfortable, practical, wicks away sweat and dries quickly. They will wear a thermal base layer such as merino wool or a cycling specific jersey. On top of this they will wear a mid-weight pull over and have a fleece in their rucksack with a waterproof jacket and trousers. They will wear layers of clothes so they can adjust to the constant changes of temperature due to elevation, weather, or physical exertion. On their legs they will wear cycling specific stretchy leggings with a padded bum and over this they may wish to wear a pair of shorts. This sort of clothing is not actually that expensive to buy, although we realise that you may not want to spend money on cycling clothes just yet.
The clothing you choose to wear must be comfortable and dry quickly, definitely no denim. If you have any queries about what to wear please contact us. Your ride will be much better appreciated if you are wearing the correct clothing and waterproof shoes. Obviously your experience and comfort will depend on how well prepared you are for the weather we may encounter. It can be very cold high in the mountains even in the summer months and weather can change very quickly. You need to be aware that it is simply not possible to go indoors and the car could be a few hours away. We always prepare for the worst in the mountains!
Please read this kit list carefully and make sure you bring everything you need.
Equipment List – Single Day Rides
- Small back pack that will sit comfortable on your back with a waterproof liner (bin liner will do)
- Spending money
- Water bottle – 1 litre, Camelbacks are best
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Warm jumper
- Warm hat, balaclava or Buff that will fit under helmet
- Gloves (preferably bike gloves)
- Feminine hygiene products
- Packed lunch
- Sun block
- Any medication that you require
- Cycle helmet – Obligatory, we supply them only if renting a bike from us.
- Clear glasses (if you have them)
- Sturdy footwear. A good pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting muddy, cycling shoes or a lightweight pair of walking boots.
*We hope you remember your adventures for years to come so it is okay to bring cameras on our activities. However, please be aware that due to the nature of our activities, cameras and phones may get wet and damaged so do try to waterproof and protect them sufficiently. We cannot be held responsible for damage of valuables.
If you bring your own bike please bring a helmet and make sure your bike is in decent working order complete with fully charged lights for the front and rear and a spare inner-tube that fits your bike.