Devo Gear Check! Get ready…

With bike season upon us, it’s time to dust off the backpacks and do a gear check so your shredder is ready to roll! 
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With bike season upon us, it’s time to dust off the backpacks and do a gear check so your shredder is ready to roll! 

First things first: at the start of each season, look over your child’s bike and helmet to make sure they fit and are in good condition. A properly-sized bike in working order and a well-fitting helmet with no cracks or damage is absolutely critical to your child’s safety and enjoyment. If you’re at all uncertain, roll by one of Devo’s favorite local bike shops or email your coach. We’re here to help!


  • Your brakes are working properly (good stopping power, brake pads have life, and no rubbing or squeaking)
  • The chain and gears are clean and lubed
  • Your shifting is smooth
  • Your tires hold air
  • Your bike is comfortable and the right size for your body

If you need help with bike maintenance or fitting, roll by one of these wonderful local bike shops that support Devo:

  • 2nd Avenue Sports
  • Pedal the Peaks
  • Purgatory Sports
  • Durango Cyclery
  • San Juan Cycles
  • Mountain Bike Specialists


Read on for a full rundown of what we recommend for riders of every age group to bring to each Devo practice. 

No need to worry if your child doesn’t know how to use all the tools in their bag. Part of our program involves promoting self-sufficiency and teaching young riders how to work on their bikes when the opportunity naturally arises. Don’t be surprised if your elementary schooler comes home from practice one day bragging about learning to use their tire levers!


  • Close-toed athletic shoes – no sandals, please
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather. Shorts or pants with a slim cuff at the bottom. Bring a warm layer and rain jacket if there’s a chance of cold or wet.
  • A size-appropriate backpack
  • A reusable water bottle, 12oz-16oz
  • A healthy snack or two
  • A tube that fits your tire
  • Come lubed up with sunscreen
  • Optional: Sunglasses, bike gloves

3rd-5th GRADES

All of the above PLUS:

  • Tire levers and a mini pump
  • A bike multi-tool
  • Mini tube of sunscreen
  • Bike gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • At least 16oz of water (more on hot days)
  • An extra snack or two
  • Optional but recommended:
    • bike-specific shoes 
    • a quick link that fits your chain
    • a hydration bladder instead of a bottle (Osprey, camelback) 

6th-12th GRADES

All of the above PLUS:

  • At least 1L water (more on hot days)
  • A tire patch kit
  • Personal-sized 1st aid kit (Coaches always carry these too, but we like to teach self-sufficiency!)
  • Optional but recommended:
    • A bottle with an electrolyte drink