What to Bring 2024-02-27T14:12:19-05:00

Below is our suggested packing list. The following is a list of suggested items for your Cycle for the Cause experience. Note that the following is a list of items to be considered and you should adapt it to fit your own needs; however, everyone should anticipate sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions and choose clothing that can be easily layered.

Crew members will take care of your gear for you and make sure it gets from one hotel to the next safely and securely. All you’ll carry during the day is what you’ll need with you on your bike or while Crewing.

Gear Bag

  • 1 large backpack or duffel bag


  • Shoes – Spin Shoes or Properly Fitted Sneakers
  • Shoes – comfortable, casual shoes to wear at night
  • Underwear
  • Sports bras
  • Socks – 2 pair per day, preferably non-cotton
  • Shorts
  • Long Pants
  • Sweat Pants
  • Sleepwear
  • Sweatbands
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Bathing Suit

Bike Specific

  • (2-3) Spare Tubes
  • Bike Multitool
  • A Portable Pump or CO2 Cartridges
  • Tire Patching
  • Bike Helmet
  • Cycling Gloves, Arm Warmers if you have
  • Padded Shorts
  • Jerseys Per Day (Team, Center, Red Dress Day, Pos Pedaler, Other)
  • Replacement chain pin
  • Power chain link (depending on chain brand/type)
  • Extra cleat bolt(s) – for those wearing cleated shoes
  • Wheel Lock Key (If your bicycle has wheel locks, remember to carry the wheel lock key at all times)


  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizer
  • Nail Clippers
  • Razor
  • Shampoo
  • Small Mirror
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and mouthwash
  • Tampons/Sanitary napkins
  • Glasses/extra contact lenses


  • Cell Phone Booster & Auxiliary/USB Cord
  • Identification
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
  • (3) Mask
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs for Sleeping
  • Watch
  • Money and Credit Cards
  • Journal and Pens
  • Water Bottle or Bottles (wide mouth bottle, easy for filling)
  • Personal endurance nutrition items
  • (2) 4 x 6 photos of folks you are riding for
  • Theragun
  • Plastic Massage Roller
  • Lacrosse or PT Ball

First Aid

  • Any Required Prescription Medications
  • Anti-blister Aids
  • Antacid
  • Bandages
  • “Butt Balm”
  • Disposable Plastic Bags
  • Gauze and Tape
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • KT Tape
  • Pain Reliever
  • Sunscreen
  • Sanitary Protection
  • CBD Cream
  • Biofreeze Cream
  • IcyHot
  • Liquidage
  • Protein Powder

Additional Gear for Crew Members Only

  • Work Gloves
  • Back Support
  • Pocket Knife

If you have questions about what to bring (or what not to bring: your pet iguana, for example), our Ride Coordinators are here to answer your questions. Send us an email at cycleforthecause@gaycenter.org or give us a call at 646.358.1753.