Kit for Biking

Kit list for cycling expeditions
You bring indicates items you provide.
SEEE indicates items arranged by leaders, who will agree with you locally how this is done.
 You bringSEEE Supplies


1 pair trainers/cycling shoes Yes 
2 pairs of socks (1 for each day)Yes 
Jacket/coat (waterproof and windproof) Yes 
Waterproof overtrousers Yes 
2 fleece tops or similar, preferably 1 thin + 1 thickerYes 
2-3 T-shirts (thermal optional) 1 for each day, 1 in rucksackYes 
2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans) – 1 can be zip-offYes 
Warm hat and sun hat (this is Scotland!)Yes 
1 pair of gloves (hands get cold easily while cycling)Yes 
Midge headnet Yes 


See below 
Panniers/Bikepacking bagsHelpful if you haveSEEE
Waterproof bags to line panniers/bags (in case not 100% waterproof)Yes 
Sleeping bag in strong waterproof plastic bagYes 
Roll matYes 
Torch, preferably head torch, and spare batteriesYes 
Personal first aid kit (see below)Yes 
Food (including emergency rations) Yes 
Water bottle Yes 
Cutlery Yes 
Plate/bowl Yes 
Mug Yes 
Box of matches (in waterproof container) Yes 
Sunblock Yes 
Towel Yes 
Small quantity of money (optional)Yes 
Notebook and pen/pencilYes 
Watch (stopwatch function is handy)Yes 

Bike Tools

2 inner tubesYes 
Puncture repair kitYes 
Brake PadsOptional for practice 
Quick Link for chain ( speed specific, i.e. 8/9/10/11/12 )Optional for practice 
Padded shortsOptional 
Chamois CreamOptional 


Camping stove(s)  SEEE
Gas for stove SEEE
Cooking pans SEEE
Tin opener (if required)Optional 
Tea towelsYes 
Plastic bags for rubbish etc.Yes 
Toilet paperYes 
Trowel (if available)Helpful if you haveSEEE
Map 1:25 000 (OL39 Loch Lomond North & OL46 The Trossachs – for Silver Practice June 2023)Helpful if you haveSEEE
CompassHelpful if you haveSEEE
Map caseHelpful if you haveSEEE
Whistle Helpful if you haveSEEE
Camera (optional), properly protected)Optional 
Survival bag SEEE
Water purifying tablets  SEEE
Pliers SEEE
Pedal Spanner SEEE
Spoke Wrench SEEE
Chain Tool SEEE
Chain Lube SEEE
Gear Cables – inner x 2 SEEE
Brake Cables – inner x 2 SEEE
Shock/fork pump SEEE
Head/neck scarf Optional 
Hydration pack or extra water bottleOptional 
Small pocket toolOptional 
After-sun creamOptional 
Insect repellent /Midge netOptional 
Waterproofing (pre-expedition) Optional 
Emergency repair kit (string, tape etc)  



Disposable non-latex gloves

Alcohol gel

Wound dressings 

Fabric plasters/waterproof plasters

Blister plasters i.e. Compeed


Roller bandage (you can use neckies for triangular bandages)

Additional items (always good to have)

Guidance leaflet (this will come with any purchased kit)

Safety pins

Antiseptic wipes

Adhesive tape

Tick remover


Any personal medication (leaders need to be aware of this)

Here is a list of some very light things that can help you deal with the unexpected on an expedition.  Some are personal, others can be shared by the group, but it is worth thinking about them and packing them safely where you can find them.  Most of them will be in your house, but that won’t help if you are in the hills.

  • Cord, string, paracord Make sure you have enough to tie things together, make a spare guy rope etc.
  • Tape Duct tape is very useful, but you don’t need a big roll.  Wind some round an old credit card, lengthwise, and it will help patch all sorts of things.  It is very strong, and waterproof.
  • Cable ties  Have some of different sizes, if possible.  They can hold a boot together, or a rucksack, or whatever.
  • Multi-tool or small knife  This can cut things, be a screwdriver (both types) and help you repair all sorts of things.
  • Sanitary products  Be aware that strenuous exercise can lead to an unexpected period.
  • Toilet paper  Have some extra, folded in a poly bag.
  • Kitchen roll  Have some folded in a poly bag.
  • Freezer bags  These can keep things dry, but also be used to patch things, using tape.  Use one to carry your emergency kit.