What if I get a flat tyre? Or my seat comes loose? What if I need a coffee?! A survival pack is necessary on the bike and these are the basic essentials to to cope with as many circumstances as possible so that you can keep turning the pedals:
As you would guess, it’s handy for a flat tyre. A lot of people take CO2 canisters with them but this can be a problem if you have multiple flat tyres, plus there’s the chance of screwing up and letting all the pressure out while the cannister is not sitting on the valve properly. So it would be recommended if you are starting out to take a pump along and learn to use CO2 before riding with it.
Inner Tubes and Tyre Levers
Not one tube but two! It always pays to take two tubes in case you hadn’t found the piece of glass in the tyre that gave you the flat and it means that you can keep riding worry-free of having a second puncture with no spare tube. If you just take one tube Murphy and his Law may always be waiting down the road for you and he is someone to steer clear of.
A multitool is the Swiss army knife of cycling. It can do just about anything… if your seat is at the wrong height it can fix that, if your gears aren’t working it can fix that, if your brakes are too lose it can fix that. Take a multitool everywhere! If you can, get one with screw drivers on it because then it can do that little bit more.
A Plastic Bag With:
5 or 10 Euro/Dollar/Pound/Currency Note
If you get a puncture which rips your tyre you can put the note inside the tyre to stop the new inner tube from bursting out of the rip. That way, when you get home and think “damn, I’ve got to change that tyre” you’ll get a nice monetary surprise to cheer you up which will unfortunately have to be spent on a new tyre and tube. If you don’t have a flat, though, then you have emergency cash for a well deserved coffee stop at the end of the ride.
If worst comes worst, you have your phone. It can be used for the rare situations where your emergency survival kit (pump, tubes & levers, multitool and cash) can’t solve the problem as well as telling your mates that you’re running late.
ID and Bank Card
If it’s your turn to buy the round at the cafe then it might just be easier to pay with a bank card than multitudes of cash whilst ID comes in handy if you are stopped for a breath-test.
These are our essentials to take on a ride. Food is also optional and depends on how far you are riding but these are the basic things to take with you which will be able to fix most problems…otherwise there’s always a phone. What’s in your survival pack and how do you store it all on the bike? Do you take CO2, a pump, or both? Let us know your ride essentials!
I nearly forgot, remember your keys!!!