The needs of each rider are different, but the Ride for AIDS Chicago requires, and recommends, a few essential pieces of equipment.

Mandatory Equipment – No Helmet, No Water, No Tube, No Ride!

  • Bicycle (mechanically safe and in good working order)
  • Helmet (ASTM-, Snell-, ANSI- or CPSC-approved)
  • Patch kit/spare tube
  • Portable pump/Co2 inflator
  • Tire levers
  • Water bottles (two are highly recommended)
  • Any personal doctor-prescribed medications

Recommended Items:

  • Small bicycle tool kit
  • Sunglasses/eye protection
  • Under seat bag to carry extra items
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Band-Aids
  • Hand wipes or hand sanitizer

Recommended Clothing:

  • Cycling jersey
  • Chamois-lined cycling shorts/pants/tights
  • Bike shoes with corresponding cleat system
  • Padded cycling gloves, half- or full- fingered
  • Windproof or lined vest
  • Rain jacket
  • Headband or cycling hat
  • Leg or knee warmers or tights (not padded)
  • Arm warmers
  • Prepare for all weather conditions - use perspiration wicking layers