What should I bring on a ride ?
Suitable clothing is probably the most important thing to get right, and while the subject is too large to deal with here, you should have protection from wind, cold and rain. In the summer months sun protection is equally as important, as you may be exposed to the sun for many hours.
Some water is nearly always essential, maybe a snack bar in your pocket too. The ride description will usually show what lunch & coffee stops there will be. Carrying some cash is useful too, for food/drink, train fares maybe, and some spare for an unforeseen emergency.
A mobile phone is very useful, and you may want to store the ride-leader’s number in your phone before the ride.
If you can do so, storing your ICE number (“In Case of Emergency”) on your phone is a wise idea. Some of our riders have bought small stickers that stick onto their bike helmets, containing their own personal emergency information.
An inner-tube which fits your bike is recommended, and a pump which matches the valves on your tyres. If you can bring along a few tools then that will help too. Even if you’re not sure how to use them all yourself, someone else on the ride will do. A “multi-tool” is good as they are compact and light, some tyre levers will be useful when dealing with a puncture, perhaps some latex gloves to stop your hands getting dirty. There is no limit as to the amount of spares that you could bring along, but to be honest not may of our rides are very far away from civilization and assistance!
A bike lock is always a good idea, although the choice is beyond what can be written about here.
Some lights will be useful at certain times of the year, there is a huge range out there but anything is better than nothing.