You will inevitably encounter some sort of bicycle failure at one time or another. That’s why you need to be equipped with the right tools to handle these failures.
Flat tires are something that can happen on a regular basis. Chain derailments can occur from time to time. Loose bolts might need to be re-tightened on the fly. Those are just a few things that can go wrong while you’re on the road.
Below is a list of 10 items that should be in your hip bag/fanny pack/toolkit/saddlebag/etc. I added a few things that might not be considered “necessities” per say, but also won’t weigh you down too much either.
1. Extra tube– Carry at least one of each size tire that you are currently riding. For example if you’re running a 650 in front and 700 in the rear, have two tubes; one in each size.
2. U-lock key– If you lose your main set of keys, it would be double suc to lose your bike due to the fact that you can’t unlock it.
3. 15mm or adjustable wrench– To use for taking off your wheel and other parts.
4. Handpump or CO2– Your brand new tube will be worthless if you can’t pump it up.
5. Multi-tool– Allens, screwdrivers, bottle openers, etc.; it’s a tool with multiple uses.
6. Tweezers– These come in handy when there is a tiny little piece of glass that you can’t get out with your fingers.
7. Cash– It’s always good to have a few extra dollars, which can be used to purchase goods or plug a hole in your tire.
8. Patches– Once you find out where and what caused the puncture, you can patch up your tube.
9. Bandages/Wetnap– Cuts and scrapes come with the territory when it comes to biking.
10. Tire levers– You will hate life without these. Makes taking off most tires a cinch.
There’s no hard and fast rule about what goes in a bike tool bag. These are just the items that I keep in my bag.
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