Don’t Forget These Must-Haves on Your Next Ride

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 in News | 1 comment

Don’t Forget These Must-Haves on Your Next Ride

When it comes to your daily ride, there are a few things you shouldn’t leave home without.  These must-haves are small in size but can have a huge impact on your ride.

1. Flat Repair Kit.  Flat tires are by far the most common issue on the average ride. Carry a patch kit tire levers, a spare tube, and a way to pump it up– this simple kit can mean the difference between trudging home in your cleats and finishing your ride strong. If you’re new to cycling, practice fixing flats before you’re stranded on the side of the road.  It’s a simple process that only takes a few tries to perfect, but your first time can be tricky.

2. Cell phone.  A cell phone is just about mandatory for every ride.  It has the obvious benefit of getting you out of any sticky situation—whether it’s bad weather, a mechanical issue, or a medical emergency. As an added bonus, many smart phones feature ride-tracking apps that are a great way to measure progress.  Pack yours in a plastic bag or waterproof phone pouch to avoid contact with the elements and sweat.

3. Cash.  Maybe you lost your water bottle in that rock garden a few miles back.  Or maybe you’re dying for some food to stave off a bonk.  Whatever the case may be, a few dollars in a gas station store can be a lifesaver.  And those dollar bills aren’t just for spending either—they can serve as a tire boot to patch a gash in your tire. Put your bill between the slit tire and the tube and inflate—the bill will hold the tube in place ‘til you get home.

4.  Multi-tool.  This versatile tool is great for any of the miscellaneous mishaps you may encounter on the road or trail. A good multi-tool will contain a few differently sized Allen wrenches, a chain tool, and a Phillips head screwdriver—these tools will be able to fix almost any bike issue. Of course, the tool is only as good as the person operating it.  Know how and when to dive in yourself, or when to fall back on #2 above and call in reinforcements.

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  1. Good artical.

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