Get Your Bags Packed: For Cycling

Don’t forget these essential items for your trip down the Camel Trail…

Although the Camel Trail is certainly accessible enough for riders of all ages to enjoy, it’s always best to pack a bag with some essential supplies so that you’re not caught out.

If you’re planning on cycling a complete return journey then you’ll need to make sure that you’re ready to tackle the 36 mile route. You’ll need the right clothes (dependant on the weather) and plenty of snacks to keep yourself fuelled up (unless you’ve got time to stop off at every single cafe along the way!).

Here’s our hit-list of must have items that you’ll need should you wish to make the journey comfortably:

A decent rucksack

Don’t think that you’ll be able to just sling a carrier bag on your handlebars and go on your merry way, a sturdy rucksack should be at the top of your priorities. You don’t have to spend a fortune on it, but the more you do spend the longer your rucksack will last.

There are many different styles to pick from, but some rucksacks are better suited to cycling than others.

Spare tyres, pump & puncture repair kit

Whilst casual cyclists might hesitate before making these purchases they should really be made in order for you to have a safety net should the worst happen. Whilst the trail was purpose built for cycling that doesn’t mean that there won’t be foreign objects on the track waiting to puncture your tyres. Cycle hire placesĀ sometimesĀ give you a repair kit/pump with your bike, but if in doubt it’s always better to bring your own.

Suitable sportswear

You won’t need to be decked out from head to toe in lycra to go the distance on the Camel Trail but it’s a good idea to at least dress sensibly for the journey. You’ll be out in the elements so it’s wise to pack a couple of layers, as well as some loose fitting shorts or tracksuit bottoms. Joking aside – cycling shorts do afford the most comfort over a long distance although they’re probably not worth investing in for casual day-trippers. If you’re looking for a bargain then you can usually find end of line stock on sporting wholesale websites.

Helmet

It isn’t the law to wear a helmet in the UK, so bicycle hire places are not legally required to hand you one with each bike.

It’s completely up to you whether you choose to take one or not, some Cycling bodies have come forth arguing against the use of them whilst others disagree.

Wearing a certified, knock-free bike helmet protects your head from initial impacts, but the best way to stay safe is to cycle sensibly.

Water and snacks

If you’re out cycling for 3-4 hours you can expect to guzzle through a few litres of water, so it’s best to have a few bottles on your person. Either buy bottled water from the supermarket or fill up a couple of stainless steel bottles at home; there are a handful of points along the trail that you’ll be able to fill your bottles up from too. A good mix of healthy (and not so healthy) snacks are a good idea, especially if you’re cycling with your family think fruit, cereal bars, chocolates and crisps.

Sun cream/block

Just because you’ve got your helmet on doesn’t meant that you’re completely protected from the sun! Temperatures can soar during the summer, whilst the breeze can disguise the power of the sun too. Make a point of slapping on some sun cream before you head out, so that you and your family are protected against those UV rays.