What To Carry On Your Bike
The number of times I have spotted, stopped and helped cyclists that have been stranded. Not that I mind in the slightest that is, I have been helped countless times also … this is the beauty of cycling.
Quite often it’s just about carrying the basics with you to get you back on the road ….or a least to the safety of a cafe where you can await a pickup.
So here is my 101 on what to carry as a minimum when heading out for a ride. I personally carry my equipment in a saddle bag which fits under your seat and is left on my bike. It’s just easier that way and there is no way of accidentally forgetting it.
So if you don’t have one, get a saddle bag there are numerous, makes, sizes and shapes out there at your LBS (Local Bike Shop) or online.
Now You Have Your Saddle Bag What To Put In It?
2 Inner Tubes – Tip here wrap your inner tube individually in cling film makes it smaller and prevents the tube from becoming damaged by the other contents in your saddle bag. I have previously removed a brand new tube from a saddle bag only to find it has been damaged by a something rubbing against it in the bag causing a hole.
2 Tyre Levers – To assist in removing tyres.
1 Multi Tool (with chain extractor) – Another useful item which is tiny is a spare power link.
Patches – in case you are unlucky enough to have 2 punctures. They now have pre made patches for ease. Just peel the backing off and stick it on the damaged tube.
Minimum of 2 Gas Canisters – if you don’t carry a pump to re-inflate your tyres.
A Spare Bit of Tyre – I carry a small section of rubber tyre in case your tyre gets sliced. I have before now been creative riding back with a gel wrapper in the tyre to protect the inner tube.
Small Bit of Rag
Emergency £10.00 (Or Currency Equivalent) – For that all important cafe stop.
Don’t Go Without – It Will Happen
Sure as the sun coming up in the morning; at some point you are most likely to get a puncture. Having these essentials will allow you to get back on the road and enjoying your ride.
Always check the condition of your saddle bag contents regularly and always check the condition of your tyres. Worn tyres are much more likely to puncture than a new tyre or a tyre in good condition.