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AJ's Bike Back To School Checklist

              Bike to School Checklist

Note: This list is intentionally extensive. Not every student will bring every item on every ride.

Step 1: The Two Essentials

  • Bike
  • Helmet

Step 2: Primary Options

(Base choices on individual needs and preferences)

Key transit items

  • Water (in bottles or hydration pack)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses or clear lenses)
  • Street map
  • Lock
  • Medical info/emergency contact card
  • First aid items

Core bike repair items

  • Spare tube or tubes (and/or patch kit)
  • Pump or CO2 inflator (with cartridge)
  • Tire levers
  • Multi Tool
  • Saddlebag to hold tools and spare tubes etc.
  • Bell
  • Mirror
  • Headlight

  • Taillight with blinking option

Storage/equipment options

  • Backpack, hydration pack or messenger (sling) bag
  • Handlebar bag
  • Cargo rack
  • Panniers

Fenders

  • Rack straps or bungee cords

Step 2: Primary Options (cont.)

Clothing options for variable weather

  • Rainwear or stowaway windbreaker
  • Insulation layer for cool air
  • Leg bands
  • Shoe covers
  • Visibility vest
  • Gloves
  • Cycling socks
  • Skullcap or headband
  • Padded shorts or tights
  • Wicking jersey or top
  • Gloves Cycling socks
  • Skullcap or headband

Personal

  • Chamois cream/skin lotion
  • Sunscreen

Step 3: Post-Ride Items

(Carry with you, or store in advance at destination)

  • Change of clothing
  • Off-bike footwear options
  • Toiletry kit
  • Towel/washcloth
  • Small, quick-dry towel (for cleanups)
  • Baby wipes (popular for cleanups)

Step 4: Other Possibilities

  • First-aid items
  • Lip balm
  • Cell phone
  • Cash/credit card/ID
  • Energy food/gels/drinks
  • Strips of duct tape (for repairs)

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