Bags, mounts, brackets, and straps make up so much of our gear supply, we struggle to know where to start. Since gravel rides often end up in rural areas that may not have easily accessible resources such as potable water or grab-and-go food, we think that riders should be prepared to carry multiple water bottles and have enough storage capacity for layers, safety/repair equipment, and a few hundred calories or snacks to prevent a blood sugar crash (bonk) out on the road.
A handlebar bag up to 12L is a great starter size for those who are out all day, or for those carrying gear for a couple of riders. Those who prefer a minimalist kit should be able to cram some snacks and tools into 1-3L of storage capacity.
Don’t be tempted to shave weight off your bike by bringing too little along for the ride. It’s never worth the risk to save a few grams, and you'll have much more fun if you're prepared for a day on the road.
Here is a gear list you can use for light reference:
Minimalist Day Ride Gear List:
Top Tube Bag (1 Litre)
- Small Food like Gels, or a bar
- Battery with cable routed to device
Seat Bag (1 Litre)
- co2 cartridge
Handlebar Bag (2 Litre)
- Basic First Aid
"Nice-To-Haves" for Longer Day Rides:
If you like to have creature comforts at hand, try a larger handlebar or frame bag.
- Lightweight picnic blanket/quick dry towel
- Extra food + drinks
- Bug Spray
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