Essential items to take on cycling trips to avoid disasters!
Most of us have, unfortunately, experienced it – going on a cycling trip without double checking if we have everything we need. As a result, if problems arise during the ride, things can get pretty inconvenient and sometimes it ruins the day.
That’s why, when you are out and about on a bike ride or cycling trip, you should be self-reliant. You never know what is going to happen on the road. That’s why it is advisable to bring these essential items with you.
Top 9 items you should have on you at all times:
Flat tyres may happen anytime when you are cycling, so it’s best to bring one or maybe two spare tubes with you.
Patches are an insurance policy against tyre problems. You may have already brought with you a spare tube but what if you get 2 flats in the one ride! A packet of emergency patches will do the job of a dozen inner tubes if you hit real problems. Plus, they come in handy incase there are other riders who need help.
Tyre levers are needed if you are going to fix a flat tyre. They are small tools that slide under the tyre and help pull it off the rim. This allows you to remove the tube to replace it with the spare or to patch it. They are really easy to carry around as they can easily fit in your saddle bag or jersey.
Even if you carry an emergency patch or a spare tube, you will still need an air pump to get air back into your flat tyre. You can either bring a frame-fit pump or Co2 cartridges. Frame-fit pumps are most efficient since they are almost twice the size of the mini pump and can be used more than once. However Co2 Cartridges are smaller and easy to use. They are battery-sized cylinders with replaceable Co2 canisters that fills tyres in seconds.
A multi-tool can fix a number of minor adjustments you might face on the road, like tightening the bolts on the brake or tightening loose cleats. Choose the right tool for your bike, but it should have the necessary features such as Allen keys, Torx Wrench, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers and a chain tool.
Bringing ID is helpful incase you get involved in an unfortunate event. Authorities will be able to verify your identity in cases where you are unable to speak for yourself. It is also a good idea to have an ‘in case of emergency’ contact number stuck on the back of you ID, so your nearest and dearest can be contacted quickly in the event of an accident.
Bringing cash or a card is handy just in case you have major mechanical issues. Plus, you will need some kish cash if you end up in a cafe at any point along your ride!
Make sure you bring a cellphone during a ride. It can help you in a number of ways especially during an emergency. You can use it as a camera if ever you witness or are involved in an accident. You can use it to call a family member or a friend if you ever have a mechanical issue that you can’t solve or you get caught out after dark and your headlight/taillights have lost their charge. Or you can use it as navigation if you get lost.
Water/sports drink or light snacks
Staying hydrated is necessary, even in cooler weather. It’s also good to know that you have something to drink/eat in your back pocket incase you end up in the middle of no where!
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